In the first twenty years of the twenty-first century, we are witnessing strong protest movements around the world: the Arab Spring, the anti-capitalist “Occupy” movements in the West, the Maidan events in Kyiv, protests in Russia. In 2020, we could observe a strong wave of protests in Belarus. A surge in the activity of the intelligentsia, a powerful women's movement, an incredible wave of creativity, the use of modern technologies very clearly reflect the contrast with the ossified, completely inflexible and backward vertical of power, which by all its nature grew and remained in the 90s of the twentieth century.
The aim of the project is to investigate and describe the course of this protest. It has two phases: the first – open, visible, and the second – hidden, “partisan”. The artistic and literary traditions from which this protest movement arose should be discussed; explore the media, including the Internet, cinematography, contemporary literature (especially poetry) through which protesters express themselves. Track the results of the movements, including new forms of nationalism, intellectualism, and feminism. The work aims to show how the Belarusian protest movements are proposing new directions for Belarusian – and global – politics.