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Seminars on Civil Society, Social Movements and Resistance Research

The Research Group organises seminars and workshops with the aim of developing and deepening the understanding of social movements, resistance and social change. Throughout the 2010s, scholars from international and Swedish universities have been invited to present their latest work. The seminars are open to anyone interested in these topics.

CSM-RESIST SEMINARS SPRING 2021

- Forum for civil society and social movement research and The Resistance Studies research group


During spring 2021, seminars will be held in Zoom between 13.15-15. 
Seminars will be held in English unless otherwise noted.
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Thursday 11 February:
Symposium on the far right and social media
Discussant: Anton Törnberg. Chair: Mattias Wahlström.
Zoom Link 

Exploring the ‘chans’: The ‘Tarrant effect’ and other dynamics
Stephane Baele
, University of Exeter
Senior Lecturer in International Relations and deputy director of the Centre for Advanced International Studies (CAIS). His research chiefly focuses on the role of language in political violence and (in)security, from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Lewys Brace, University of Exeter
Lecturer in Data Analysis and is part of the Q-Step Centre. His research focuses on extremism, particularly online radicalisation, and the development of computational social science research methods.

Us vs. Them / Then vs. Now: Tracking Transnational Far-Right Nostalgia using Sweden Meme Templates
Samuel Merrill
, Umeå University
Research fellow at the Department of Sociology, Umeå University, specializing in digital and cultural sociology. His research interests centre on social movements, collective memory, cultural heritage and digital media.

Online mobilizing and the far right: Reflections on the future
Mattias Ekman
, Stockholm University
Associate Professor – Section for Journalism, Media and Communication Studies, Stockholm University. His research focus is on political communication, with an emphasis on the far right and social media.

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Thursday 18 March:
Ockupation, repression, mobilization, revolution and ISIS
Emin Poljarevic, Uppsala University
Zoom: https://gu-se.zoom.us/j/64350414077?pwd=QXRqSWpWbXEzdVorR0lhK1pVclVIUT09 

Emin Poljarevic is Ass. Prof. at Theology Department, Uppsala University.  He has studied motivations behind mobilization of young Muslim Brotherhood activists in Egypt right before the popular uprisings 2011. His more recent projects have explored violent and nonviolent Salafist mobilization and other Islamist socio-political activism.

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Thursday 22 April
Constructive resistance
Majken Jul Sørensen, Karlstad University
Stellan Vinthagen, University of Amherst, Massachusetts/University of Gothenburg
Link to Zoom

Stellan Vinthagen is Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance, Prof. of Sociology at University of Massachusetts and at University of Gothenburg, as well as the editor of the Journal of Resistance Studies. His research focuses on unarmed resistance, social movements, and everyday resistance.

Majken Jul Sørensen is Associate Professor of Sociology at Karlstad University. Her research concerns nonviolent resistance and she has published several book and articles on ‘constructive resistance. She has expertise in qualitative methods, such as interviews and text analysis.

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Thursday 6 May
Workshop on Futures of the environmental movement
Please note time, at 10:15-17
Link to Zoom

Paper presentations by Carl Cassegård, Karl Malmqvist, Håkan Thörn, Mattias Wahlström, 
Åsa Wettergren, University of Gothenburg
Joost de Moor, Stockholm University

Carl Cassegård is Professor of Sociology at the University of Gothenburg. He is a cultural sociologist and social movement researcher whose present research concerns the environmental movement. He will present a book chapter on Futures on the environmental movement, and a chapter co-written with Thörn (see below).

Karl Malmqvist is a senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Work Science. Malmqvist’s research interests have turned increasingly towards emotion sociology. He will present a paper written in connection to the research project Adapting to climate change: Emotions and narratives in the environmental movement.

Joost de Moor is Postdoc at the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University. He is particularly interested in environmental and urban movements and citizens’ engagement in protest, prefiguration and lifestyle politics. He will present a paper written in connection with the research project The necessary and the possible: How social movements articulate, convey and negotiate visions of a fossil free and just future.

Åsa Wettergren is Professor at the Department of sociology and work science, University of Gothenburg. Her research interest is in the sociology of emotions, investigating the role of emotions in bureaucratic organisations, politics and social movements, and in migration. She has published several articles and books on these topics. She will present a paper written in connection to the research project Adapting to climate change: Emotions and narratives in the environmental movement.

Håkan Thörn is Professor of Sociology at the University of Gothenburg. His research is mainly concerned with globalization, social movements and power, and he has written several books on these topics. He will present a chapter from the book I skuggan av apokalypsen: miljörörelser och industrikapitalism 1870-2020, co-written with Cassegård.

Mattias Wahlström is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Gothenburg. His research concerns social movements, repression and political violence. He will present a paper written in connection with the research project The necessary and the possible: How social movements articulate, convey and negotiate visions of a fossil free and just future.

About the Seminars

Welcome to this seminar series to be held online on Thursdays at 13.15-15, if not stated otherwise. When public gatherings are allowed the seminars will be held at the Department of Sociology and Work Science, room F417, Skanstorget 18, Gothenburg.

Seminars will be held in English unless otherwise noted.