Debate: The Sociology of Belarusian Protest

Belarusian voices are few and far between in debates about the ongoing protests in Belarus. In this online discussion, Belarusian sociologists share their views and analysis of the current protest wave. Among other things, they will discuss the role of striking workers; class, gender, and violence; the mobilizing effects of trauma; the impact of urban space; the legacy of previous protests; the role of protest in forging different types of communities; and the ways in which the post-industrial shift and other long-term transformations in Belarusian society have affected its political economy. The discussion will take place in English.

Participants:
Nelly Bekus, sociologist, University of Exter, UK
Elena Gapova, sociologist, Western Michigan University, USA / European Humanities University (Vilnius, Lithuania)
Aliaksei Lastouski, sociologist, Polotsk State University, Belarus  Alena Minchenia, gender scholar and social scientist, Lund University, Sweden
Andrey Vozyanov, social anthropologist, European Humanities University (Vilnius, Lithuania) / Minsk Urban Platform
Moderator: Mischa Gabowitsch, sociologist and historian, Einstein Forum, Potsdam, Germany

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