The Digitalization of Disobedience from Whistleblowing to Anonymous
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 – the second in a series of three – we aim at contributing to this rethinking from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.
The focus of this workshop is the emergence of digital tactics of civil disobedience. Recently, two digital practices have emerged as prominent new forms of civil disobedience, thereby challenging the traditional understanding: Anonymous and Whistleblowing. In three sessions with presentations from our speakers followed by a set of short comments and an open discussion we will address the digital turn of civil disobedience and its implications for political theory.
Gabriella Coleman (Montreal)
Joss Hands (Cambridge)
Manohar Kumar (Delhi, tbc)
Geoffroy de Lagasnerie (Paris)
Bill Scheuerman (Bloomington)
Jillian C. York (Berlin)
Friday May 8, 2015
13:00 – 13:30
Welcome and Opening
13:30 – 14:15
Lessons learned and emerging questions
14:15 – 16:15
Session 1: Weapons of the Geek? Anonymous and civil disobedience
16:15 – 17:00
Break / Location change
17:00 – 18:30
Public Lecture: Gabriella Coleman
The Lecture will take place at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin |
Vorlesungssaal R. 2091, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin. Register here for Gabriella Colman’s public Lecture.
Saturday May 9, 2015
09:30 – 10:00
10:00 – 12:00
Session 2: Whistleblowing – the new Civil Disobedience?
12:00 – 13:30
13:30 – 15:30
Session 3: The Digital Turn of Civil Disobedience?