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/

Spring 2018 Schedule:

Feb. 13. Francisco Fortuno Bernier, The Necessity and Limitsof Linguistic Populist Strategy: the Podemos Project in Spain

Feb. 27. Amy Austin Holmes, Kurdish Conundrums and Arab Revolutions

March 6. Wilson Sherwin, Towards a Future Without Work: The Radical Imaginaries of the Welfare Rights Movement

March 13.   Lilian Mathieu, The Space of Social Movements, Danielle Zach, discussant

March 20. Luke Elliot-Negri, Exceptions to Exceptionalism: Left Third Parties in the 20thand 21st Century

April 10. Nicholas Rush Smith, The Politics of Death: Young Men and Violence in Post-Apartheid South Africa

April 17. Jillian Schwedler, Protesting Jordan

April 24. Andre Luis Leite, Why they still fight like this? Notes about “militantes” and their subjectivities

May 1. Olena Nikolayenko, Women’s Engagement in Contentious Politics: Findings from Ukraine. Discussant: Anh Tran

May 8. AK Thompson – Citing History: The Uses of the Past for Mobilization