The Return of Protest

6, 7 and 8 May, 2014 - 19:00 h
Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200
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The Programme for Advanced Studies in Critical Practices 2014

View of the Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200, Museo Reina Sofía
View of the Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200, Museo Reina Sofía

This international seminar addresses this possible alternative in light of the long cycle of global struggles that began at the beginning of the nineties in Latin America, continued with the Arab Spring and, starting in 2011, arrived in Europe through movements such as 15M. Differences in geopolitical contexts do not, however, get in the way of acknowledging common motives, motives that are summed up in the word democracy. This seminar features two exceptional witnesses from two predominant regions in this cycle of protests and political change: Asef Bayat, an Iranian professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois, and Luis Tapia Mealla, professor of CIDES at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz (Bolivia).


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Luis Tapia Mealla. Latin American Revolutions in Perspective

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Asef Bayat and Luis Tapia Mealla. Debate: A New Global Cycle of Protest for Democracy


Asef Bayat. Professor of Sociology and Middle Eastern Studies. His most recent publications include Making Islam Democratic: Social Movements and the Post-Islamist Turn (Stanford University Press, 2007), Life as Politics (Stanford University Press, 2009) and Being Young and Muslim (Oxford University Press, 2010).

Luis Tapia Mealla. Philosopher, teacher and researcher, with a Doctorate in Political Science. He is the head of the Multidisciplinary Doctorate Programme in Developmental Sciences-CIDES at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA) and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). His recent publications include La igualdad es cogobierno (CIDES, 2007) and La invención del núcleo común. Ciudadanía y gobierno multisectorial (Autodeterminación, 2006).