Shifting the state: protest and perseverance for change

Aet Annist (University of Tartu/Tallinn University)
Jocelyn Avery (The University of Western Australia)
Ligertwood 216 Sarawak Room
Start time:
15 December, 2017 at 11:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

The panel invites ethnographic accounts on protests, groups in conflict with the society or ground level insights into large scale movements and shifts in states of mind leading to shifts in the states and societies.

Long abstract:

States change rarely without external impetus. It takes more, even if the global forces combine to aid in this process: it takes motivation, people, sometimes individuals, coming together or acting in ways that bring about a transformation. The last decades have demonstrated how such shifts can lead to momentous crises for states assumed to be stable, such as socialist regimes. The last years have seen transformations in a variety of aspects of statecraft in many countries across the globe, most recently in the US and the UK. Those shifts are expressed on the ground or grassroots level. These are open to ethnographic research, which seeks to explore the complex reasons for such changes and social dynamics. This panel welcomes ethnographic accounts and/or theoretical discussions on the triggers of the shifts, either in the form of anger, disappointment, despondence or conflict with the state in the present, or the promises, expectations or hopes for the future. Further, the panel will focus on the groups or individuals triggering shifts, from protest movements, subcultural groups and charismatic individuals to silent and passive dissent or disapproval or simply patient shifts away from the dominant ideologies, coming to light in crucial moments in the process of democracy. We also welcome attention to changes in both states as political entities and in states of mind with transformative potential.