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Civil Disobedience Beyond the State

From the Civil Rights Movement to Occupy, civil disobedience is an essential part of the history and present of liberal democracies. At the same time, however, this form of protest has remained theoretically and politically contested. Currently, there are two central and interrelated phenomena that are triggering a significant transformation of civil disobedience: globalisation and digitalisation. Jointly, they raise new theoretical and political challenges that require a rethinking of civil disobedience beyond the state. With this workshop we aimed at contributing to this rethinking from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.


  • Jacob Appelbaum (Berlin)
  • Hourya Bentouhami (Toulouse)
  • Kimberley Brownlee (Warwick)
  • James Ingram (Hamilton)
  • Jeffrey Juris (Boston)
  • Stefania Milan (Tilburg)


 Thursday, October 30
13:30Welcome and Opening
14:00 – 16:00Session 1: Civil Disobedience Beyond the State: Changes and Challenges
Chair: Robin Celikates
Speakers: Kimberley Brownlee (Warwick) and Hourya Bentouhami (Toulouse)
Discussants: TBA
16:00 – 16:30Coffee Break
17:00 –19:00Public Lecture: Revisiting Occupy: Social Media, Public Space and Emerging Forms of Civil Disobedience
Speaker: Jeffrey Juris (Boston)
– The lecture will take place in Room F.001, Oudemanhuispoort, and will be followed by drinks for all (and dinner for invited speakers).
Register here for Jeffrey Juris Public Lecture.
 Friday, October 31
10:00 – 12:00Session 2: Shifting Boundaries: Citizenship and Transnational Disobedience
Chair: Annette Zimmermann
Speakers: Jeffrey Juris (Boston) and James Ingram (Hamilton)
Discussants: TBA
12:00 – 13:00Lunch Break (lunch for invited speakers)
13:30 – 15:30Session 3: The Disobedient Network: Digital Forms of Civil Disobedience
Chair: Theresa Züger
Speakers: Jacob Appelbaum (Berlin) and Stefania Milan (Tilburg)
Discussants: TBA
15:30 – 16:00Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00Concluding Panel (followed by drinks for all and dinner for invited speakers)

Organising Committee

Robin Celikates (University of Amsterdam)
Annette Zimmermann (University of Oxford)
Theresa Züger (Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society)

This workshop was organised with the financial support of the Amsterdam Center for Globalisation Studies, the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, the Department of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford


Department of Philosophy, Faculteitskamer (Entrance at 141)
Oude Turfmarkt 145-147 | 1012 GC Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 525 2010

Event date

30.10.2014 - 31.10.2014 ical | gcal


Wird noch bekanntgegeben || to be announced


Theresa Züger, Dr.

Research Group Lead: Public Interest AI | AI & Society Lab


This high-profile lecture series thrives to develop a European perspective on the processes of transformation that our societies are currently undergoing.


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