Grant for research in social movements and protests in the Nordic countries

Thomas Olesen’s new grant will strengthen the collaboration and research in social movements and protests in the Nordic countries. His plan is to arrange a series of workshops on the topic.

2018.01.11 | Ingrid Marie Fossum

Associate professor of political science Thomas Olesen Photographer: Ove Smedegaard

According to Thomas Olesen, there is an absence of formalized organs, networks, journals, and websites that enable systematism, co-operation, and visibility in movement studies across the Nordic countries. With the new grant of SEK 450,000 from The Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) Thomas Olesen will improve the conditions. With a series of workshops he will strengthen the collaboration and research in social movements and political protests across the Nordic countries.

The purpose of the workshops is to identify similarities and differences across the Nordic countries, and to open debates on the democratic role of movements and protests in contemporary Nordic societies. When does protest stimulate end reinvigorate democracy? When is it counterproductive?

The main output of the workshop series will be a special issue of a journal, and the research will also be presented for Nordic politicians, activists, and journalists.

The workshops entitled “Social Movements and Political Protest in the Nordic Countries: Democratic Challenges and Contributions” will be held in Aarhus in June 2018, Helsinki in January 2019 and in Gothenburg in August 2019. 

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