Publication Date

December 14, 2011

annual meeting sessionYesterday’s blog post, “Around the World at the 126th Annual Meeting,” used a map to show how sessions at the upcoming annual meeting cover topics that span the globe. Today’s session of the week, Popular Protests in Global Perspective, continues to show the breadth of the meeting’s worldview.

Session 199, Popular Protests in Global Perspective, was inspired by the dramatic recent events in Egypt, and will compare popular uprising in Tunisia, South Africa, Eastern Europe, and protest movements in the U.S.

The details of the session follow below:

Popular Protest in Global Perspective
Sunday, January 8, 8:30–10:30 a.m.
Location: Michigan Room B (Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers)

Chair: Iris Berger, University at Albany (State University of New York)

From “June 16” to “Youth Day” and Beyond: The (Un-)Making of Historical Memory in Apartheid and Post-Apartheid South Africa
Helena Pohlandt-McCormick, University of Minnesota

“Come With Us—They’re Not Beating Today!” Making the Streets Free in Communist Eastern Europe
Padraic Kenney, Indiana University

Stokely Carmichael and American Democracy in the 1960s
Peniel E. Joseph, Tufts University

In Plain Sight: Images of the Arab Spring
David Prochaska, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Session Abstract: Inspired by the dramatic recent events in Egypt, this panel will discuss comparative cases of popular uprisings. Participants will examine such issues as the underlying conditions and the immediate events that have created these mass movements, the background of their leaders, the relation of these movements to other opposition groups in society, the response of the challenged regime as well as the police and the military, the role of communication and the media both locally and globally, and the actions of the protestors and their visions for change. The panel will also address the outcome of such protests, seeking to understand what kind of transformations they generate both in the short term and in the long run and the synergy between uprisings in different parts of the world.

Check out other these other sessions of the week:

This post first appeared on AHA Today.

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