Contact: Philippe Greif (riot_workshop@riseup.net)

Graphische Gestaltung: Mathis Eckelmann

 

UPDATE:

Sa, 20.05.17 / Beginn 12:00 – Ende 18:00
Öffentliche Podiumsdiskussion
Sprachen: Deutsch / Französisch (Simultanübersetzung)

Alltäglicher Ausnahmezustand: 
Polizei, Gewalt und Politik in Frankreich

Im August 2016 verabschiedete die französische Regierung trotz Generalstreik und monatelanger Proteste im gesamten Land letztlich via Dekret die sogenannte loi travail, eine umfassende gesetzliche Arbeitsmarktreform. Zu dem vielseitigen Protestrepertoire der Gegner_innen des Gesetzes gehörten auch sogenannte émeutes oder riots, also massenhafte gewaltvolle Konfrontationen zwischen Protestierenden und der Polizei. Die Bedeutungen und Nachhaltigkeit der Proteste werden unter Aktivist_innen wie Wissenschaftler_innen durchaus kontrovers diskutiert. Festhalten lässt sich jedoch, dass dem Thema Polizeigewalt infolge der Ereignisse eine anhaltend hohe öffentliche Aufmerksamkeit zuteil geworden ist.
Auffällig wird vor diesem Hintergrund, dass es in den Banlieues, den Vorstädten größerer Metropolen in Frankreich, seit den 1980er Jahren immer wieder zu gewaltvollen Konfrontationen zwischen Bewohner_innen und der Polizei kommt, in deren Folge Menschen schwer verletzt werden oder zu Tode kommen. Dies hatte in der Vergangenheit jedoch kaum einen nennenswerten öffentlichen Nachklang zur Folge, es sei denn, es kam im Anschluss zu sogenannten émeutes. Zunehmend verschaffen sich nun auch Proteste gegen Rassismus und Polizeigewalt aus den Banlieues in der Öffentlichkeit Gehör.

Den zweiten Tag der Konferenz möchten wir zum Anlass nehmen um zu fragen, was die Hintergründe dieser unterschiedlichen Verhandlung von Polizeigewalt bzw. Polizei und Gewalt sind?
In welchem Verhältnis stehen das Agieren der Polizei in den Banlieues und ihr Vorgehen im Kontext von Nuit Débout?
Wie ist massenhafte Gewalt in diesen beiden Kontexten als ein politisches Phänomen zu verstehen?

Diese spannenden Fragen an der Schnittstelle zwischen Aktivismus und Wissenschaft werden wir mit Gästen aus verschiedenen Pariser Vororten und Paris diskutieren.

 

Vollständiges Programm:

RIOTS. Violence as politics? 

International Conference, May 19 -20, 2017

Institut für Protest- und Bewegungsforschung (ipb), Berlin

ZTG/TU Berlin, Hardenbergstr. 16-18, 10623 Berlin, Germany

 

Workshop (Friday, May 19)

– Preliminary programme –

Language: English

FOR REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS ONLY. For registration, please contact (riot_workshop@riseup.net)

10 – 10.30am – Welcoming and round of introduction

10.30 – 12.30pm – Slot 1: Presentations followed by discussions

10.30 – 11.15 Rui Coelho (Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy): Forms-of-life as insurrectionary forces
11.15 – 12.00 Tareq Sydiq (Marburg University, Germany): Riots as spaces of collective identity and action in authoritarian contexts

12.00 – 01.15pm – Lunch

01.15 – 02.45pm – Slot 2: Presentations followed by discussions

01.15 – 02.00 Burak Uzümkesici (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey): Noise in the Gezi Park protests
02.00 – 02.45 Paul Grassin (Sciences Politiques Paris, France): “Riot” and the process of labelling protest. Urban protest in Malawi

02.45 – 03.00pm – Wrapping up the first part of the day, questions, etc.

03.00 – 03.30pm – Coffee break

03.30 – 05.30pm – Slot 3: Keynote and panel discussion with the authors of “Riots”, special issue of sub\urban journal for critical urban studies

Keynote: Marilena Simiti, University of Piraeus, Greece

Panelists:
Marilena Simiti, University of Piraeus, Greece
Dilan Köse, University of Bremen, Germany
Moritz Rinn, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Julika Mücke, University of Tübingen, Germany
Katharina Warda, Free University Berlin, Germany

05.30 – 06.00pm – Wrapping up

 

Public event (Saturday, May 20)
– Preliminary programme –

Sprachen / langues: Deutsch und Französisch / allemand et français (Simultanübersetzung / interprétation simultanée de lingua•trans•fair)

Alltäglicher Ausnahmezustand: Polizei, Gewalt und Politik in Frankreich
L’état d’urgence au quotidien : Police, violence et politique en France

12-12:15 Uhr / 12-12.15h Einführung / Introduction:

Philippe Greif (AK Riots / Uni Kassel)

12–14 Uhr / 12-14h

Einführungsvortrag / Intervention:
Carte blanche à la police! Frankreich zwischen Ausnahmezustand, sozialem Massenprotest gegen die ,Loi Travail‘ und Polizeigewalt / La France entre l’état d’urgence, les protestations de masse contre la Loi Travail et la violence policière
Bernard Schmidt (Aktivist, Journalist, Jurist / activiste, journaliste, juriste, Paris)

15–18 Uhr / 15-18h
Vorträge und Podiumsdiskussion / Interventions et débat public:
Proteste gegen Polizeigewalt in der Pariser Banlieue / Les protestes contre la violence policière dans la banlieue parisienne

Marwan Mohammed (Soziologe / sociologue, Centre Maurice Halbwachs, Paris)
Fatima Ouassak (Politologin / politologue, Autorin von / auteur de „Discriminations Classe/Genre/Race“ (2015), Koordinatorin des Netzwerks / coordinatrice du réseau „Classe/Genre/Race“, Bagnolet, Département Seine-Saint-Denis)
Almamy Kanouté (Militanter Aktivist / activiste-militant, Mitbegründer der Bewegegung / co-fondateur du mouvement „Émergence“, Fresnes, Département Val-de-Marne)
Fabien Jobard (Politikwissenschaftler / politologue, Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin)

 

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Call for Contributions:

 

RIOTS

Violence as politics?

International Conference

19.05.-20.05.2017

Institut für Protest- und Bewegungsforschung (ipb)

Berlin

“Riots” continue to make headlines in the media, usually as a violent reaction to occurrences of police brutality, or in the context of broader political protest and movement mobilizations as, for example, in demonstrations turning violent or movements applying both violent and non-violent forms of action as given in the context of the “Nuit Débout” protests directed against the labour market reforms 2016 in France. However, all too often the notion of “riots” is used in a seemingly self-evident way, leaving more questions than answers. While there have arguably been new developments in conceptualizing and studying riots in recent scientific publications, this critical observation still holds true not only for discourses on riots in the mass media, but also for many scientific contributions dealing with riots in one way or the other.

Apart from describing clashes with the police, sometimes involving attacks on private or public property, looting or arson, there is no shared definition of the term “riots”, nor is there an agreement on how to study riots, their effects concerning social change or processes of political subjectivation. With its focus on durable organizational frameworks and long-lasting processes of mobilization, the research on social movements often excludes the seemingly spontaneous, unorganized and violent forms of action. The fact that rioters may not always articulate their demands in conventional ways, like offering messages and claims on signs and leaflets, seems to further interfere with their inclusion into Social Movement Studies. On the other hand, when riots are addressed through the lens of collective violence, they are often dealt with as one form of violent group behavior among others, thereby disregarding the specific motivational and structural aspects regularly involved in the emergence of riots. Therefore, both Social Movement Studies as well as research on (collective) violence often still exclude riots as a subject of research, or they tend to describe riots as somehow apolitical phenomena. Even when social inequality is acknowledged as a causal factor, studies often describe riots as a fatalistic reaction to social circumstances and living conditions, thus failing to recognize rioters as political subjects and the processes of political subjectivation involved.

Following up on the Riot-Workshop series of the Arbeitskreis Riot (AK Riot) at the Institut für Protest- und Bewegungsforschung (ipb) in Berlin, we are pleased to invite you to the 6th workshop as part of the international two-day conference “Riots. Violence as politics?”.

We want to discuss with you riots as a concept and phenomenon and therefore give room for presentations of your research regarding riots. We would like to invite you to send us a short proposal for a presentation on the following (or related) questions:

  • The pros and cons of the term “riot”

The term “riot” contains the terminological danger of unifying social phenomena that differ in their forms, contents and backgrounds. Against this backdrop, the term “riot” can be put into question: is the term as such scientifically capable of grasping forms of protest that are outside established forms of political articulation? Or would it be more reasonable to abandon the notion of “riots” and adopt other terminological concepts such as “collective violence”? For example, it could be argued that reading riots as a form of collective violence refers to a comparably low common denominator of different social phenomena, but avoids transgressing historical and contextual specificities and differences.

  • Riots and violence

What is the role of violence in riots? How can we understand different forms of violence in relation to riots? How can violence be conceptualized as a form of action? Can violence in the context of riots be understood as a means of communication? What role do violent actions play for the representation of riots in the public discourse?

  • Riots and political subjectivation

Why do people participate in riots? Are riots to be understood as a rejection of representational forms of political involvement? Are riots even political at all? What kind of political subjectivity do riots presuppose? How do they affect or constitute processes of political subjectivation?

  • Riots and social movements

How can we understand and conceptualize the relation between social movements and riots? How can riots be fruitfully included in Social Movement Studies? Can riots be a starting point for the formation of more organized and lasting collective actors? How do social movement organizations position themselves in relation to riots and other forms of violent action?

We warmly welcome presentations of your research projects, bachelor or master theses, PhD chapters or proposals, article drafts or other scientific work in progress. If you want to present and discuss your work and ideas, please submit your proposal (1-2 pages) to riot_workshop@riseup.net until 15 March 2017. The workshop as well as the conference will be held in English, so both your proposal or draft paper as well as the presentation should be in English. In order to have enough time to discuss all contributions, your presentation should not exceed 20 minutes.

If you would like to participate without holding a presentation, please let us also know until 31 March 2017. In case you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Janna Frenzel, Philippe Greif, Fabian Klein and Sarah Uhlmann
(Organizational team / AK Riots)

 

 

About the „Riot“ workshop series:

The „Riot“ workshop series was initiated in December 2013. One of the reasons of its establishment was a determined need for discussion of riots as different social phenomena that usually are not considered by established analytical concepts of political articulation/organizing or social movement studies.

The term “riot” as used in the media but also in social sciences refers to rather diffuse and ambiguous phenomena reaching from urban youth violence, uprisings and revolts to collective protest turning violent. At the same time riots are usually framed to be spontaneous, uncoordinated and apolitical.

Contesting these dominant interpretations, discussing the political notion of riots, as well as endeavoring methodological and conceptual approaches are the main concerns of the workshop series.

Out of its organizational circle the special issue “RIOTS” of the journal „sub\urban. zeitschrift für kritische stadtforschung“ was published in May 2016. The issue was edited by: Janna Frenzel, Philippe Greif, Fabian Klein und Sarah Uhlmann.

 

 

 

Frenzel, Janna; Greif, Philippe; Klein, Fabian; Uhlmann, Sarah (Hgs.) (2016): Riots – sub\urban – Zeitschrift für kritische Stadtforschung, Bd.4, Heft 1.

The different contributions of the special issue emphasize the political notion of riots and describe them as socially and economically embedded phenomena. In doing so they stress their relevance for scientific analysis as well as their importance for political and social movements.

 

The working language of the workshop series is English; upon agreement lectures and presentations can also be held in German.

Please feel free to contact us for any questions or if you wish to participate in the working group.

Contact details:

Mail: riot_workshop@riseup.net

Mailing-list: riot_workshop@lists.riseup.net