Fredericton Tonight: Global Protests and Resistance in the 21st Century

28 01 2015
TONIGHT, FREDERICTON

Public Lecture – “Global Protests and Resistance in the 21st Century” by Dr. Besim Can Zirh, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Date: Jan 28, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Location: Ted Daigle Auditorium, Edmund Casey Hall, Fredericton, NB, Canada

Following a police intervention in a peaceful “occupy” campaign, which was organized partly to protect a well-known park in the heart of Istanbul, a series of large-scale protests erupted in Turkey at the end of May 2013 and lasted for months. This nation-wide outpouring of mass protest was unexpected and unprecedented. It thus changed the direction of Turkish politics irreversibly.

Zirh will focus his talk on this local aspect of a global phenomenon, and examine the efforts to unite or divide such popular movements. In 2011, Time magazine named the “Protester” as the person of the year. Yet in many ways, the protester is actually the person of our decade. Movements of popular protest have increasingly become driving forces and integral parts of the 21st century social landscape.

Dr. Besim Can Zirh will deliver a public talk entitled “Global Protests and Resistance in the 21st Century” on Wednesday, January 28th in the Ted Daigle Auditorium at 7:00 pm.

Zirh is a visiting scholar who teaches Sociology at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. The lecture is being presented by the Global and International Studies Initiative, the Sociology Department, the Institute for World History, and the Office of Research Services at St. Thomas University.

Zirh’s talk will examine the recent Gezi Park protests in Turkey as part of this global geography of resistance. Within the context of this urban protest movement he looks at which local, sectarian, and financial forces are involved, and why. His attempts to understand the Gezi Park Protests in Turkey as a globalized face of the newly emerging geographies of resistance.

Following a police intervention in a peaceful “occupy” campaign, which was organized partly to protect a well-known park in the heart of Istanbul, a series of large-scale protests erupted in Turkey at the end of May 2013 and lasted for months. This nation-wide outpouring of mass protest was unexpected and unprecedented. It thus changed the direction of Turkish politics irreversibly.

Zirh will focus his talk on this local aspect of a global phenomenon, and examine the efforts to unite or divide such popular movements.
Following the lecture, Dr. Gül Çaliskan and fourth-year Sociology student Alex McGregor will offer a general overview of Global Uprisings of the 21st Century, from the 1999 Seattle WTO protests to the 2014 Ferguson demonstrations.

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