Contemporary social movements: from academy to activism
During 2018-2019, the Pufendorf IAS Advanced Study Group “Civil society and Sustainability Studies” (CIVICSUS) has brought together civil society actors and an interdisciplinary team of researchers and educators to explore the question: how can a scientific understanding of sustainability challenges contribute to social movements for sustainability?
On the afternoon of Thursday May 2nd, the group organizes two public lectures by social movements scholar Ron Eyerman and environmental activist Nnimmo Bassey, following a brief introduction to the group’s work.
13:00 – 13.20 Introduction
13:20 – 14:10 “The weight of the past in white supremacist revival in the USA”
Ron Eyerman, Professor of Sociology, Yale University
14:10 – 15:00 “Environmental social movements under conditions of inequality: insights from Nigeria”
Nnimmo Bassey, environmental activist and Right Livelihood Laureate
Ron Eyermanrecently retired from Yale University where he served as Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Cultural Sociology. His interests include cultural and social movement theory, critical theory, cultural studies and the sociology of the arts, and he has written extensively on collective identity and cognitive approaches to social movement, as well as on memory and cultural trauma. He received his PhD from Lund University and currently resides in Malmö
Nnimmo Basseyis a Nigerian environmental activist, architect and writer. He co-founded the advocacy NGO Environmental Rights Action (ERA) in 1993, and chaired Friends of the Earth International between 2008 and 2012. In 2010, hereceived the Right Livelihood Award for his work against environmental devastation and human rights violations, particularly in relation to oil extraction. Currently he is director of the ecological think-tank Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and a steering committee member of Oilwatch International.
The event is organized by the Pufendorf IAS Advanced Study Group Civil Society and Sustainability Studies (CIVICSUS) and hosted by Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS). No registration is needed but seats are limited.
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