Here are some thoughts on the recent “(Re)thinking Protest Camps” workshop I co-organised. Thanks to my co-conspirators from the Protest Camps research collective for sharing their thoughts.
On the 26th June 2012 40 researchers and activists gathered at Leicester University for a one-day workshop on protest camp. It was jointly organised by the protest camp collective, the department of geography and the School of Management at the University of Leicester.
After a key note from Sasha Roseneil who presented her research on Greenham Common, four sessions discussed spatialitias, governance, affect and media in protest camps.
What came out of it?
A map as well as the infamous ‘concept soup’
Participants were ‘delighted’ with the ‘wonderful experience’ of the workshop and we took away that protest camps can serve as a useful lense for the study of social movements. Plans are currently underway to pursue further networking events to consolidate the research network in formation. Watch this space.