Vectors of Contentious Mobilization: From Below, From Above, or Sideways?

27 January 2021 | 5:30 pm (CET)

Public Keynote Lecture by Jan Kubik (Rutgers University/SSEES, University College London)

Chair: Gwendolyn Sasse (ZOiS Director)

This keynote lecture puts in perspective global trends in mobilization. Starting from the current Polish situation, it will reflect on four interrelated issues:
(1) the relationship between top-down and bottom-up mechanisms of mobilization,
(2) the role of mobilization resources, for example in cultural traditions or discourses,
(3) the intensifying mythologization of right-wing discourses, and
(4) the dilemmas of liberal counter-mobilizations that attempt to restore legal rationality (in the Weberian sense) while resorting to bottom-up means.

This keynote lecture is part of the ZOiS Conference on 27/28 January 2021:
Politics from Below: Reasserting or Transcending the Democratic Paradigm?

What do recent regional or global trends of mass protests tell us about the state of democracy and authoritarianism and about state-society relations more generally? The ZOiS Conference 2021 explores the factors shaping recent waves of protest activism in Eastern Europe and beyond.

You can find the conference programme here.