Contentious Politics Workshop

The Contentious Politics Workshop meets monthly in Michaelmas and Lent Term. The workshop functions as a reading group for graduate students and faculty to discuss a relevant, pre-agreed text, as well as providing a seminar space to present ongoing research.

We welcome new members who are engaged in the study of contentious politics, which includes topics such as: social movements, popular mobilization, labour activism, popular resistance, ‘weapons of the weak’, collective action, armed struggle and revolution.

To join the mailing list, please email Jann Boeddeling (|) or Nawal Mustafa (|). Lunch is provided, but please join the mailing list to pre-order.

Past events

  • Monday 4 February 2013
    Dr. George Lawson (LSE – International Relations) – Anatomies of Revolution
  • Thursday 7 March 2013
    Professor Charles Tripp (SOAS) – The Politics of Resistance
  • Tuesday 23 April 2013
    Professor Gilbert Achcar (SOAS) - The People Want? A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising
  • Friday 27 September 2013
    Professor Sidney Tarrow (Cornell) - The Language of Contention: Revolutions in Words, 1688-201
  • Thursday 31 October 2013
    Reading Group (Marxism and Social Movement Theory)
  • Thursday 14 November 2013
    Dr Abdel Razzaq Takriti (Sheffield) - Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-7
  • Friday 6 December 2013
    Dr Michael Biggs (Oxford) - The Mismeasurement of Strikes and the Distortion of Protest Trends: Evidence from Britain in the 1980s and 1990
  • Wednesday 19 February 2014
    Dr Jereon Gunning (Durham) - Why Occupy a Square? People, Protest and Movements in the Egyptian Revolution