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The Planetary Emergency and the Politics of Resistance

Date(s)
July 19, 2022
Location
Room 0G/074, Lanyon Building
Time
09:00 - 13:30

The disruptive tactics used by movements like Extinction Rebellion, Insulate Britain and Just Stop Oil deeply divide opinions on what qualifies as ‘responsible’, ‘appropriate’ and ‘acceptable’ forms of protest.  Meanwhile, states are increasingly engaging in more repressive tactics to protect ‘business as usual’, by dissuading activists from engaging in disruptive actions and criminalising those who do.

It is in this context that the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action (SECA) invites you to join academics, trade unionists and activists in discussion to consider the theme: ‘The Planetary Emergency and the Politics of Resistance’.

In exploring this timely and important topic, this practical half-day workshop will be guided by questions such as, how are we to effectively resist climate breakdown and ecological collapse in the absence of political leadership? And what strategies and tactics can social movements use to legitimately resist those in power who want to maintain the ecocidal status quo?

 

Panel 1: Effective Protest and Conflict Transformation

Dr David Bailey (University of Birmingham): What Works: Measuring Protest and Direct Action

Niamh Small (Queen’s University Belfast): Resisting division: Activism and Environmental Peacebuilding

Panel 2: Civil Disobedience and What Comes Next

Dr Oscar Berglund (University of Bristol): An Age of Resistance: The Legitimacy of Civil Disobedience

V’cenza Cirefice (National University of Ireland Galway): Caring as Resistance to Extractivism in the Sperrins

Roundtable discussion: System change, not climate change? Whose system, what change?

Prompted by a brief presentation on Dr David Bailey and Dr Oscar Berglund’s forthcoming research that examines the various interpretations of what different actors mean by ‘system change’. This session will prioritise inclusive and open-ended discussion on strategies, tactics and alliances for real change, both on the island of Ireland and further afield.  

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Provisional Schedule for the Workshop

09:00 – 09:30            Registration w/ tea & coffee

Panel 1:  Effective Protest and Conflict Transformation

09:30               Chair - opening remarks & introductions

09:40               David Bailey - What Works: Measuring Protest and Direct Action

09:55               Niamh Small - Resisting division: Activism and Environmental Peacebuilding

10:10               Q&A

10:30 – 10:40              Break

Panel 2:  Civil Disobedience and What Comes Next

10:40               Chair - opening remarks & introductions

10:50               Oscar Berglund - An Age of Resistance: The Legitimacy of Civil Disobedience

11:05               V’cenza Cirefice - Caring as Resistance to Extractivism in the Sperrins

11:20               Q&A

11:40 – 12:10pm         Lunch (light finger buffet)

Roundtable:  System change, not climate change? Whose system, what change?

12:10               Dr David Bailey and Dr Oscar Berglund – Topic Presentation

12:30               Respondents Comments

12:50               Roundtable discussion

13:30               Closing remarks 

 

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Event Organiser Details
Name Calum McGeown
Email cmcgeown16@qub.ac.uk