The 21st century has seen a resurgence in protest movements and political dissent around the world. Some of these have been multi-national – for example Occupy, Black Lives Matter and #MeToo – whereas others have had more limited or localised scope, focused on issues of political corruption, violence against women, or prison reform. Additionally, the recent success of populist politicians and political movements around the world could be viewed as a form of dissent by those who feel alienated by the status quo.
However, protest and dissent are not new, and history is full of movements that have brought fundamental change to our societies through protest, as well as those whose dissent was unsuccessful and the issues they challenged still unaddressed. Furthermore, although many popular protest movements have received widespread support, others have been condemned, both by those in power and societies at large.
This inclusive interdisciplinary project will explore all aspects of protest and dissent, both historical and in the present moment. We hope to explore the myriad of ways protest and dissent can be expressed, why some movements experience widespread popularity and support whilst others do not, the effectiveness of particular tactics in bringing about lasting change and what, in 2018, we can learn from earlier struggles.
Protest and Dissent
An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference
Sunday 14th March 2021 – Monday 15th March 2021
Submissions are now open