Politics & Protest Workshop

Politics & Protest Workshop

The workshop began in the 1960s or late 1970s under the direction of Charles Tilly, when he was at the University of Michigan. It morphed in various ways throughout Tilly’s career, but ended up as the Workshop on Contentious Politics at Columbia from the mid-1990s to 2008, when Tilly died. For at least two decades, the workshop was a works-in-progress forum where people from around the tri-state area–graduate students and faculty–and beyond presented and criticized each other’s work every week. In 2008, Jim Jasper and John Krinsky brought the workshop to CUNY. It has been running, in more or less the same format as it operated with Tilly, ever since. A paper is distributed a week in advance, and two critics assigned. The session starts with the critics, a response by the author, and continues with a queue of readers’ questions, criticisms, and responses. For more, clink this link to their website http://politicsandprotest.ws.gc.cuny.edu/

FALL 2017 Schedule (Tuesdays, 4:15pm-6:15pm, Thesis Room (5200.07), 5th Floor)

October 3: Jacob R Boersema, The Global Movement Against Racism: Connections and Contrasts.

October 17: Tyler Olsen, Rancière, Liberal Democracy, and Play: Moving Beyond Immanent Critique.

October 24: Guya Accornero, Housing and Anti-gentrification movements in Lisbon and New York’s Lower East Side. A Preliminary Comparison.

Discussant: Charlotte Thomas Hébert

October 31: Kumru Totkamis, Entrenchments of Peace that wasn’t. Kurdish Politics in an increasingly authoritarian Turkey and a volatile region.

November 7: Christoph Sorg, “You are not a loan”: Financialization, debt-related grievances, and social movements.

Discussants: Stacy Williams

November 14: John Krinsky, tba.

November 28: Luke Elliott-Negri, Isaac Jabola-Carolus, James M. Jasper, Marc Kagan, Jessica Mahlbacher, Manès Weisskircher, and Anna Zhelnina, “How Strategic Interaction Unfolds over Time.”

Discussants: John Krinsky

December 5: André L. L. F. Sales, Activism and Militancy in Brazil: between Repertories and Institutions.