International Conference on “Resistances: Between Theories and the Field”

December 14, 2016 (All day) to December 15, 2016 (All day)
Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

Call for Papers and more information

Centre d'Etudes de la Cooperation Internationale et du Developpment presents:

Confirmed Keynote speakers: James C. Scott (Yale University), Stellan Vinthagen (UMass, Amherst)

This conference is intended to stir an international debate on the concept and understanding of “resistance” in its various meanings. In this respect, the use of the word resistance in its plural form for the title of this conference is not incidental. It emphasizes our will to explore the complexity and multi-faceted forms, locations, aims, and outcomes inherent to the concept of resistance. We see resistance(s) not only as a concept that can be engaged with from various angles. It is also an approach that can help a dialogue between academia and other sectors, a thing that this conference seeks to explore in broad temporal and geographical perspectives. From mass public protests during the Arab Springs and the Indignados and Occupy movements, to individual disobedience from whistle blowers (Assange, Snowden), resistance (to domination, oppression, or simply mainstream political power) has been manifesting itself in a variety of modes. This newly available empirical evidence rapidly generated numerous, rich accounts and encountered studies of social movements and contentious politics. What have remained largely understudied are the accounts of non-politicised or non-overtly politicised movements, the transformation of informal resistance into movements, their politicisation, and the relationship between informal resistance and political change. Some recent works have, however, addressed this lack in the field (see, for instance, Chenoweth and Stephan, Why Civil Resistance Works, Schock, Civil Resistance Today, Vinthagen, A Theory of Nonviolent Action: How Civil Resistance Works). We would thus like to encourage emerging research on this subject. 

We welcome empirically-grounded case studies as well as theoretical (and/or) epistemological reflections on topics related (but not limited) to: - Silent and “loud” resistances as case study (nonviolent, violent, public and hidden, individual or collective…) - Resistance and social change - Informal networks, practices, and their significance in policy making - Globalised vs localised resistance - Vulnerability and resistance (gender, minorities, marginalised communities) - Economic or financial resistance - Everyday struggle and resistance vs more organised and long-term forms of resistance - Methodological approaches and consideration for the study of resistance - Ethics and resistance (how to deal with the publication of cases where resistance is secret, or needs to escape the radar of authorities) We are keen to promote an interdisciplinary reflection on the concept of resistance and a broad theoretical and methodological understanding of the issue. Accordingly, we would like to open participation to activists who would like to present an analytical reflection based on their work. In addition, willing to challenge past and present understandings of the concept, and to bring about new perspectives, we welcome contributions from both experienced and early career researchers.