The Way Forward from Pandemic to A Better World
Recorded June 23 2020
What if we have fooled ourselves that protest marches have anything to do with social change? That is what Stellan, who holds the Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, believes. Drawing upon his study of movements around the world, his experience of activism in various movements, and his visits to front-line communities in the US, Sweden, and New Zealand, Stellan will show how the direct action practices of these indigenous and marginalized communities can provide the creative strategies necessary to counter the imperialism of the world we live in.
Stellan is professor of sociology, a scholar-activist, and the Inaugural Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he directs the Resistance Studies Initiative. He is also Co-Leader of the Resistance Studies Group at University of Gothenburg and co-founder of the Resistance Studies Network, as well as Editor of the Journal of Resistance Studies, and a Council Member of War Resisters International (WRI), and an academic advisor to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). His research is focused on resistance, power, social movements, nonviolent action, conflict transformation and social change. He has since 1980 been an educator, organizer and activist in several countries, and he has participated in more than 30 nonviolent civil disobedience actions, for which he has served in total more than one year in prison.