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Comparative Workshop on Mass Protests

Workshop Programme

Friday 13th –Saturday 14th June 2014
Venue: LSE Tower 2, Room 9.04 Clements Inn, London WCA2 2AJ
Organizer: Dr. Tomila Lankina (LSE)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A CLOSED WORKSHOP

This workshop is co-sponsored and co-organized by the LSE International Relations Department, LSE IDEAS, the Middle East Centre, and the Centre for International Studies.

The workshop brings together leading scholars from Europe and North America to comparatively analyse the recent wave of mass protests and political regime responses to protests in various settings.

Day 1, Friday, June 13

08:15-08:45     Registration and coffee

08:45-09:00     Welcome remarks


09:00-10:00

Mark Beissinger (Princeton)
The Changing Face of Revolution as a Mode of Regime-Change, 1900-2012|

Discussant: John Chalcraft (LSE)

10:00-11:00

David Patel (Cornell)
Roundabouts and Revolutions: Public Squares, Coordination, and the Diffusion of the Arab Uprisings|

Discussant: Megan Metzger (New York University)

11.00- 11.30   Coffee break


11:30-12:30

Elizabeth Plantan (Cornell)
Artful Oppositions and Savvy Dictators: Cycles of Innovative Dissent and Authoritarian Learning |

Discussant:  Chris Hughes (LSE)

12:30-13:30     Lunch


13:30-14:30

Joshua Tucker (New York University)
The Strategic Use of Social Media in the #Euromaidan Protests|

Discussant:  Stephen Whitefield (Oxford University)


14:30-15:30

Ola Onuch (Oxford University)
EuroMaidan Protests in Ukraine:  Social Media versus Social Networks
|

Discussant: Gwen Sasse (Oxford University)


15:30-16:00
     Coffee break


16:00-17:00

Paulo Gerbaudo (Kings College London)
 The Invention of Participatory Mass Protest|

Discussant: Neil Ketchley (LSE)

 
Day 2, Saturday, June 14

 09:00-09:30    Registration and coffee

09:30-10:30

Graeme Robertson (University of North Carolina)
Getting the Opposition Together:  Coordinating Protest in Post-Communist Russia|

Discussant:  Ola Onuch (Oxford University)

10.30:11.30

Tomila Lankina (LSE) and Rodion Skovoroda (Nottingham University)
Fragmented Protest and Electoral Fraud:  A Spatial Theory of Competitive Authoritarian Regime Uncertainty
|

Discussant:  Anastassia Obydenkova (LSE)

11:30-12:30

Samuel Greene (Kings College London)
The Logic of Action and Reaction in Russian Protest|

Discussant:  Sarah Ashwin (LSE)

12:30-13:30   Lunch

13:30-15:30

Panel on Russia’s political opposition and protests (20 minute presentations)

Vladimir Gel’man(European University at St. Petersburg/ University of Helsinki)
Political Opposition in Russia: A Troubled Rebirth
|

Elizabeth Teague (independent scholar)
Building a Wall Round the Nation: Putin’s “Re-Nationalization” of the Russian Elite|

Marie Mendras (Sciences-Po)
Rule of Force against Rule of Law: Subversion in Ukraine, Unaccountability in Russia|

Nikolay Petrov (Moscow Higher School of Economics)
Russia "after Ukraine":  Regime's Legitimacy and Repression
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Chair:  Margot Light (LSE); Discussant: Vladislav Zubok (LSE)

15:30-16:00

Concluding remarks/ plans for publication

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