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Focus Asia:Social Resistance in Non-Democracies

November 24, 2014 - 00:00-November 26, 2014 - 00:00

Call for papers
Deadline proposals: 30 June, 2014

About the symposium
Unlike the situation in liberal democratic states, social resistance in non-democracies faces higher risks of coercive suppression, and encounters more constraints in terms of accessing resources or mobilizing support from the community. Such limitations force social resistance actors to adapt themselves frequently throughout their lifespan in response to pressures imposed on them. To endure in a restricted political environment, social resistance within these states may be in the form of passive, latent, or quiet activities, yet yield significant political consequences.

This symposium aims to understand different types of social resistance in non-democracies, and to what extent they have yielded significant political claims. How and why are some social resistance movements successful in eliciting reactions and compromises from the state, while others do not? Through analyzing case studies from Asia, this symposium also compares the active and dynamic power relationships between social resistance actors and the regimes, as well as reactions of the regimes towards these resistances.
The symposium features invited lectures and peer-reviewed paper presentations. The scope of the symposium includes but is not limited to the following themes:

  •     Case studies of social resistance from Southeast Asia, East Asia or South Asia.
  •     Types of social resistance in non-democracies
  •     Relationships between social resistance agents and the states
  •     State reactions towards social resistance

Submission of abstract
There will be no registration fees for participation in the symposium. The Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies will cover the cost of travel (within Europe), hotel accommodation, and meals in Lund for qualified paper presenters.

Interested speakers are invited to submit an abstract paper (300-400 words) latest by 30 June 2014 to:  

Dr. Ming Chee ANG (Lund University)
Symposium Organizer
Tel.: +46 46 222 3778
E-mail: ming_chee.ang@ace.lu.se

Paper submissions must describe substantial and original work. Submissions will be judged according appropriateness to the symposium themes and contributions that they make to the theoretical discourse. Comparative work on social protest in the region, is encouraged.

Accepted presenters will be notified via email on 15 July 2014. All paper presenter must submit a full paper (6,000-8,000 words) by 1 November 2014, and act as peer reviewers for one assigned paper. All papers presented in the symposium will be considered for publication by an established publishing house in an edited volume by the symposium organizer.

All sessions of Focus Asia are open to the public and admission is free of charge. Those interested in attending this symposium should register for the symposium no later than 15 November 2014.

For registration or more information, please email Dr. Ming Chee ANG at ming_chee.ang@ace.lu.se

Venue: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University, Sweden.

Focus Asia:Social Resistance in Non-Democracies


November 24, 2014 - 00:00
November 26, 2014 - 00:00