Student protests | Current Affairs Lecture with philosopher Mathijs van de Sande, political scientist Andrej Zaslove and sociologist Katerina Manevska
Student protests | Current Affairs Lecture with philosopher Mathijs van de Sande, political scientist Andrej Zaslove and sociologist Katerina Manevska

Student Protests

Thursday 16 May 2024, 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Current Affairs Lecture | Radboud Reflects and VOX

Venue: Lecture Hall Complex, CC1, Radboud University 

Students at several Dutch universities are protesting the war in Gaza this week. They are demanding that universities be transparent about cooperation with Israeli organizations and universities, and sever ties with them. What is the significance of these protests, and how do student protests differ from other protests? Why exactly are the protests directed at university administrations and not at politicians in The Hague? Political philosopher Mathijs van de Sande, political scientist Andrej Zaslove and sociologist Katerina Manevska interpret the student protests and elaborate on the right to demonstrate.

Democracy and protest

Protest is part of a democracy. But not everything is allowed. At University of Amsterdam, protests got out of hand, resulting in vandalism and police crackdowns. How does peaceful protest compare to civil disobedience, where rules are deliberately broken? What is the role of protest in the democratic process?

Protest at universities

Students and some university employees, are addressing their university administrations en masse. Why are they doing this? Why don't they head to the Malieveld in The Hague, to address the political powers-that-be? In the past, students often turned to their boards to make political statements. Do the actions we see now differ from previous student protests? To what extent is there a tradition of student protests at Dutch universities?

Come and listen to political philosopher Mathijs van de Sande, political scientist Andrej Zaslove and sociologist Katerina Manevska discuss student protests, and the relationship between democracy and protest. Philosopher Cees Leijenhorst is the moderator. 

The language of discussion is English.

About the speakers

Mathijs van de Sande is a philosopher at Radboud University. He researches democratic legitimacy and the role of protest and social movements. For this he draws on various philosophical movements and traditions, such as anarchism, feminism and (post)Marxism.

Andrej Zaslove is a political scientist at Radboud University. He conducts research on populism and political parties. His main research interests are: measuring populism (among voters), populism and democracy, populism and foreign policy, populism and gender, and also the influence of populism on party system

Katerina Manevska is a sociologist at Radboud University. Her research focuses on the interaction between cultural values and social structures and how this affects political thought and behavior.

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When
Thursday 16 May 2024, 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Organisation
Radboud Reflects, Vox