The Importance of Resistance Studies – by Stellan Vinthagen

This seminar brings up the need to improve liberation struggles through collaborations between experienced activists and researchers within the academia. One way this is happening already is through “resistance studies”, an emerging field of relevance for liberation that is since the 1980s growing within universities. Another way, linked to this, is the increasing networking among activists through workshops and “Forums” in which movements learn from each other, where an older generation of activists share their experiences with a younger one, and across different sites of struggles in the world. Dr. Stellan Vinthagen, who is an activist scholar from Sweden, working with the Resistance Studies Initiative, is one that's organizing some of this and is looking for more collaborators from within liberation struggles. Dr. Stellan Vinthagen is Professor of Sociology, and the Inaugural Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he directs the Resistance Studies Initiative. He is Editor of the Journal of Resistance Studies, and Co-Leader of the Resistance Studies Group at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has since 1980 been an educator, organizer and activist, participating in numerous nonviolent civil disobedience actions, for which he has served a total of more than one year in prison. One of his books is A Theory of Nonviolent Action – How Civil Resistance Works (2015).

STELLAN VINTHAGEN

STELLAN VINTHAGEN

is professor of sociology, a scholar-activist, and the Inaugural Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he directs the Resistance Studies Initiative. He is also Co-Leader of the Resistance Studies Group at University of Gothenburg and co-founder of the Resistance Studies Network, as well as Editor of the Journal of Resistance Studies, and a Council Member of War Resisters International (WRI), and an academic advisor to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). His research is focused on resistance, power, social movements, nonviolent action, conflict transformation and social change. He has since 1980 been an educator, organizer and activist in several countries, and he has participated in more than 30 nonviolent civil disobedience actions, for which he has served in total more than one year in prison.

FREE WEBINAR

Jun. 23rd

10am EDT

 

The Way Forward from Pandemic to A Better World

Drawing upon his study of  movements around the world, Stellan will show how the direct action practices of these indigenous and marginalized communities can provide the creative strategies necessary to counter the imperialism of the world we live in.