A CRITIQUE roundtable discussion on theories and practices of civil disobedience.
Civil disobedience has always been the focus of a vibrant and contentious intellectual debate. The participants of this roundtable will address a series of interrelated questions: What are the political stakes in the definitional disagreements that inform contemporary work on the concept? What are the purposes, relevance and efficacy of civil disobedience as a particular form of protest? What are its limits, theoretically and practically? How can we rethink civil disobedience today, in light both of its historical origins and contemporary innovations? Finally, what is the role of the theorist interested in civil disobedience in relation to the political actors on the ground?