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Contestation sociale et ses futurs

Social protest and its futures

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Published on Friday, May 19, 2023


What are the future temporalities of contemporary mobilizations ? In social protests, the hopeful future and the conviction that a better future is within reach have long marked revolutionary rhetoric and progressive political fervor. However, is this enthusiastic “jusqu’auboutisme” a temporality that still belongs to contemporary imaginaries of struggle ?



Does the idea of a global and permanent “ crisis ” have repercussions on the nature and form of social protest ? What conflicts of temporality exist between the demands of civil society and the mode of operation of public action ? Are the actors on the ground retreating into “presentist” or “collapse” temporalities, where urgency (anticipated or experienced) favors individualistic withdrawal ? Or are they persisting, despite disappointments and anxiety about the future, in the pursuit of utopian projects of collective emancipation ? Through a transdisciplinary discussion and on the basis of works based on fields in Greece, Turkey, Tunisia, France, Italy and Belgium, this workshop aims to highlight the diversity of temporal interactions that exist in contemporary social protest.

Participants : Cécile Piret, Julien Dutour, Özge Derman, Judy Thorne, Céline Eschenbrenner, Mélissa Elbez, Elena Apostoli Cappello

Discutant : Davide Gallo Lassere, Daniel Knight, Cyprien Tasset


1st June 2023 - SciencesPo, Salle Goguel, B-56 rue des Sts-Pères, Paris

  • 9:00-9:30: Coffee and welcome of speakers
  • 9:30-9:40: Introduction - Dr. Madeleine Sallustio, SciencesPo (EN)

Part 1: Endure

Discussion: Dr. Davide Gallo Lassere - University of London

  • 9:45-10:00: Dr. Cécile Piret, Université libre de Bruxelles : "Workers' protest, political imaginary and ideology: a Gramscian analysis of the articulation of temporalities" (FR)
  • 10:00-10:10: Questions and answers
  • 10:10-10:25: Julien Dutour, Université Paris Saclay : "Responding to the urgency of long time: interdependence of temporalities in revolutionary times. The case of Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia" (FR)
  • 10.25-10.35: Questions and answers
  • 10.40-11.00: Cross-cutting discussion (FR)

Part 2: Actualize

Discussion: Prof. Daniel Knight - University of St Andrew 

  • 11:05-11:20: Özge Derman, EHESS : "Performative actions as improvised assemblages (EN)
  • 11h20-11h30: Questions and answers
  • 11:30-11:45: Dr. Judy Thorne, University of Manchester : "Utopian nostalgia: resources for the imagination on ordinary crisis (EN)"
  • 11.45-12.05: Questions and answers
  • 12.10-12.30: Cross-cutting discussion (EN)

*12.30-13.30: Lunch break*.

Part 3: Despair

Discussion: Prof. Cyprien Tasset - VetAgro Sup

  • 13h30-13h45: Céline Eschenbrenner, Tulane University :"After Hope: Migrant Support and the Work of Anti-Promise (EN)
  • 13.45-13.55: Questions and answers
  • 14h-14h15: Dr. Melissa Elbez, EHESS : "The Mayan calendar: millenarian support of a political movement against the crisis of the future. The horizons of expectation in the work of Georges Balandier" (FR)
  • 14.15-14.25: Questions and answers
  • 14h25-14h40: Dr. Elena Apostoli Cappello, EHESS/Sapienza-Università di Roma: "Decarbonization and its futures in contemporary Sulcis (South Sardinia, Italy): the movement that is not happening" (FR)
  • 14h40-14h50: Questions and answers
  • 14.50-15.10: Cross-cutting discussion

15h15-16h: Conclusion

  • 16:00: Drink

Modalités de participation

Registration on : https://framaforms.org/inscription-je-la-contestation-sociale-et-ses-futurs-registration-workshop-social-protest-and-its


  • Salle Goguel - B-56 rue des Sts-Pères
    Paris, France (75)

Event format

Full on-site event


  • Thursday, June 01, 2023


  • Crise, contestation sociale, temporalités, mouvements sociaux, futur, avenir, idéologies, lutte sociale, écologie

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Madeleine Sallustio
    courriel : madeleine [dot] sallustio [at] sciencespo [dot] fr


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