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The Sociology of Belarusian Protest

Online event
Thursday, Aug 20, 2020, 5 PM
Online Discussion

Nelly Bekus, Elena Gapova, Aliaksei Lastouski, Alena Minchenia, Andrey Vozyanov

The Sociology of Belarusian Protest

Chair: Mischa Gabowitsch

Belarusian voices are few and far between in international debates about the ongoing protests in Belarus. In this webinar, Belarusian sociologists will share their views and analysis of the current protest wave. Among other things, they will discuss the role of striking workers; class, gender, and violence; patterns of mobilization and self-organization; the mobilizing effects of trauma; the impact of urban space; the legacy of previous protests; the role of protest in forging different types of communities; and the ways in which the post-industrial shift and other long-term transformations in Belarusian society have affected its political economy.
A Critical Discussion Forum based on this event was published in Slavic Review, Volume 80 – Issue 1 – Spring 2021

Nelly Bekus, sociologist, University of Exter, UK
Elena Gapova, sociologist, Western Michigan University, USA / European Humanities University (Vilnius, Lithuania)
Aliaksei Lastouski, sociologist, Polotsk State University, Belarus
Alena Minchenia, gender scholar and social scientist, Lund University, Sweden
Andrey Vozyanov, social anthropologist, European Humanities University (Vilnius, Lithuania) / Minsk Urban Platform
Moderator: Mischa Gabowitsch, sociologist and historian, Einstein Forum, Potsdam, Germany

The event will be held in English

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– Democracy Seminar (Public Seminar / Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, New School for Social Research, New York)
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