Protest movements: the practices of freedom on the Internet and on the streets – a year after the STOP ACTA.

I’m quite busy recently because of the conference I co-organize. It is about: Protest Movements: the Practices of Freedom on the Internet and on the Streets – a Year after the STOP ACTA

The questions we ask are: What is identity around which protests were organized? What languages ​​appeared during the protest and what practices? What values ​​were considered as endangered? How the collectivity were implemented? What role in the organization of the community and the protests themselves play the Net and social media? Are there common features of various protest movements in Poland, or the resemblance is only superficial?

The Conference is day after tomorrow, so everything is almost done (including this fantastic poster by Joanna Koziej), but my presentation is still not ready.

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More: http://rokpoacta.edu.pl/about/ & www.polishhistory.pl (programme in English)

weapon of – not so now – weak

James C. Scott – great anthropologist, almost unknown in Poland, now the most inspiring for me. He researched i.a. the Zomia, great Asian territory, last one on our planet without real state power over local communities (and huge as whole Eastern Europe). He defines such tactics of peasants like indolence, laziness, denial as the weapons of the weak, kind of passive resistance without politicizing. I guess it is close to anarchists interpretation of modern kind of rent strike which is common in Poland where lot of people just don’t pay theirs bills and loans. Suppose that it will be very useful in Web researching too :)