One-day workshop at the University of Amsterdam. Co-organized by Robin Celikates (Amsterdam), Bernard Harcourt (New York) and Daniele Lorenzini (Paris) co-sponsored by the Transformations of Civil Disobedience Project at the University of Amsterdam and the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought

From the Civil Rights Movement via Occupy and Black Lives Matter to the recent anti-Trump protests and refugee activism, disobedience is an essential part of our history and present. At the same time, however, disobedience has remained theoretically and politically contested. In light of the increasingly global reach of economic, social, and political interactions and problems, the focus of disobedience has also started to shift, leading to increasingly transnational forms of activism that do not fit the established state-centered model and challenge dominant views on the definition, justification, and role of disobedience. At the same time, digitalization and the rise of the ‘expository society’ create new challenges for the organization and dynamic of disobedience, raising conceptual and political issues that cannot be addressed by the dominant offline-¬centered conceptual frameworks.  At this workshop, a diverse group of political and legal theorists, philosophers, and social scientists will address these challenges and rethink the category of disobedience (civil or otherwise).


Hourya Bentouhami (Toulouse), Gabriella Coleman (Montreal), Zeynep Gambetti (Istanbul), Geoffroy de Lagasnerie (Paris), Raffaele Laudani (Bologna), Sandra Laugier (Paris), and Albert Ogien (Paris).


9am – Welcome (coffee)

9:30am – Introduction

9:45-12:15am – First panel

  • Raffaele Laudani (Università di Bologna): Beyond Destituent Power: Rethinking Disobedience and Activism Today
  • Sandra Laugier (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne): Disobedience and the Politics of Voice
  • Albert Ogien (CNRS/EHESS): From Individual to Institutional Disobedience

12:15am-1:30pm – Lunch

1:30-3:30pm – Second panel

  • Hourya Bentouhami (Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès): Civil Disobedience at the European Borders
  • Geoffroy de Lagasnerie (École nationale supérieure d’arts de Paris-Cergy): Why We Must Be Wary of the Concept of Disobedience

3:30-4pm – Coffee break

4-6pm – Third panel

  • Zeynep Gambetti (Bogazici University): Reflections on Parrhesia as Civil Disobedience beyond Arendt and Foucault
  • Gabriella Coleman (McGill University): Can Civil Disobedience be Accidental? Anonymous and the Rise of the Public Interest Hack

6-6:30pm – Concluding discussion led by Robin Celikates (University of Amsterdam), Bernard E. Harcourt (Columbia University), Daniele Lorenzini (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles/Columbia University)

Participation is free, but seats are limited. For registration please email r.celikates@uva.nl


NWO-VIDI-Project ‘Transformations of Civil Disobedience’ (https://thedisobedienceproject.wordpress.com/) and Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought (http://web.law.columbia.edu/contemporary-critical-thought)

Belle van Zuylenzaal, Universiteitsbibliotheek/University Library, Singel 425, Amsterdam

Published by  ASCA