Seminar about Belarusian Activism at Uppsala

The last two decades saw slow but irreversible decay of both number and intensity of mass actions in Belarus. The presentation problematizes key assumptions lying at the center of the protest activity scholarship in Belarus: concentration mostly on the analysis of actions, arranged by the so-called major political actors (such as political parties), with smaller actions being left out of the consideration, emphasis on the “street politics” and “Ploshcha” as the only meaningful way of struggle against the political regime, lack of attention towards the cultural dimension of protests.

The seminar will feature Vasil Navumau who completed his PhD at the Graduate School for Social Research at the Polish Academy of Sciences. He specializes in social movements’ theory and is author of the book “Belarusian Maidan: A New Social Movement Approach to the Tent Camp Protest Action in Minsk.”