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.

Spring Programme

4 February, 12:30-14:00
CLM. 2.05*
Dr HazemKandil (Cambridge), “Religious Determinism: Unlocking the Ideology of Muslim Brothers.”

9 February, 13:00-14:30
CLM. 1.03*
Pietro Castelli Gattinara Di Zub (Leicester) and Caterina Froio (EUI) “Much Ado About Nothing? The Economic Crisis and the Extreme Right from Ballots to Streets.”

11 February, 12:00-13.30
Juan Jimenez Masullo (EUI), "The Evolution of Noncooperation in Civil War: an Outline of a Theory.”

5 March, 13:00-14:30
CLM. 1.01*
Dr Barbara Zollner (Birbeck), “Social Movements and Democratic Transition: Egypt and Tunisia.”

12 March, 13:00-14:30
CLM. 1.01*
Edmund Cheng (LSE), "Occupying the Edge of Empire: Contentious and Identity Politics in the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong.”

16 March, 13:00-14:30
CLM. 1.03*
Dr Neil Ketchley (Oxford), “When Regimes Attack: Repression and Anti-Coup Mobilization in Egypt.”

Preannouncements (Summer Term)

27 April, 13:00-14:30
32L. G.20*
Louisa Acciari (LSE), “Organising the ‘Non-organisable’? Domestic Workers’ Mobilisations in Brazil.”

Date TBC
Dr. Louiza Odysseos (Sussex), “Human Rights and/as Counter-Conduct: Complexities and Possibilities of Resisting Neoliberal Disposability”

About the workshop

The LSE Contentious Politics Doctoral Workshop was established in 2012 to provide a research space for faculty and graduate students in London working on issues related to contentious politics, such as popular resistance and mobilisation, social movements, and revolutions, among other issues. The workshop’s activities include the presentation of ongoing work by research students and faculty, guest speakers, and a reading group to discuss a pre-agreed text.

We kindly ask you to get in touch with us if you are interested in presenting your work during upcoming sessions. The LSE Government Department has provided some small travel funds to invite academics based outside of London to present their work. To join the mailing list and receive information about events and readings, please email Nawal Mustafa (|) or Jann Boeddeling (|).

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
  • Thursday 23 October 2014
    Dr John Chalcraft (LSE) - Popular Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East