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From Disobedience to Solidarity

Confronting Authoritarianisms


Free with pre-booking

In a seminar coorganised by the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs and the CCCB, scholars and activists call for new forms of solidarity and resistance to authoritarianism.

From the Euromaidan protests and the Arab Spring to Black Lives Matter and Ni Una Menos, in recent years we have seen movements of collective mobilization and radical hope that are now threatened by criminalization of dissent, repression and (both civil and international) war. The recent rise to power of right-wing populist movements and fraternal consolidation among authoritarian leaders are posing new challenges to movements for democratization and struggles for freedom, equality and the right to live among the marginalized, especially women and LGBTQI people. What happens when these movements are criminalized rather than being protected by legal or human rights? And how can solidarities be reimagined and practiced in a pluralist register beyond invocations of unity and homogeneity?

Against this background, the seminar will provide a forum for discussing the political potential of various forms of what Hannah Arendt called ‘acting in concert’ in the current political conjuncture. It will engage a range of interlocutors in a discussion of transnational scope on resistance, civil disobedience and transformative imaginaries and practices of solidarity, with special emphasis on the ways resistance movements have, and must, respond to the urgent challenges of Authoritarianism today.

On Thursday, April 28 will take place a public event related to this seminar.

Thursday, April 28

09.00 – 09.15
Opening Remarks
Judith Butler / Robin Celikates / Judit Carrera

09.15 – 11.15
The Threat of Authoritarianism. Democracy at Stake                                   
Robin Celikates / Judith Butler / Zeynep Gambetti / Debaditya Bhattacharya / Kateryna Mikhalitsyna

11.45 – 13.45
Non-Violence and Self-Defense. The Legitimacy of Civil Disobedience
Josep Lluís Martí / Elsa Dorlin / Robin Celikates / Fred Bauma / Joan Vergés

Friday, April 29

9.00 – 11.00
Criminalization of Dissent
Jordi Vaquer / Jean Wyllys / Ayça Çubukçu / Elena Loizidou

11.30 – 13.30
Collective Action, Solidarity, Social Change
Marta Segarra / Verónica Gago / Clara Serra / Eva von Redecker / Lina Meruane

13.30 – 13.45
Final Remarks


Also participating as discussants:
Fadi Bardawil
Gisela Catanzaro
Rosaura Martínez
Leticia Sabsay

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