Welcome to the Blog of Protests as Events / Events as Protests. A one day symposium for academics and activists.

Organised by the International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality (ICRETH), Leeds Metropolitan University

12th June 2013, Leeds, UK


We take as our starting point Paul Chatterton’s (2006:206) argument that: “acknowledging that protest encounters are emotionally laden, relational, hybrid, corporeal and contingent, possibilities open up for breaking the silences that divide us and overcoming ontological divisions such as activist and non-activist.” This symposium aims to involve conversations between activists and non-activists, as well as academics as activists in order to explore the complex construction of protests as events / events as protests. We propose an innovative coming together of activists and academics to build bridges, initiate debate and develop future research agendas.

The conceptualisation of protests as events and vice versa involves consideration of the temporalities of protests as well as the mobilities that are enacted to bring together an assemblage that may be on the move or fixed at a still point. Protests as Events/ Events as Protests was inspired by the workshop held at the University of Leicester in June 2012 entitled (Re)thinking Protest Camps: governance, spatiality, affect and media.

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