Social Movements Facing Repression in an Authoritarian World.
Activists, human rights NGOs, journalists and social scientists, and particularly social movement scholars, are increasingly forced to silence, banned from work and activism, put in jail and at times are assassinated. RC47 has decided to take on a more active role against different forms of repression posed on activists, scholars and academics as a response to recent repressive developments within authoritarian regimes of the global South as well as the so called democracies of the global North.
The panel welcomes the followings:
- analyses of policies and processes of repression of activists and journalists by authoritarian regimes in different regions of the world;
- analyses of popular resistance, social movements and human rights NGOs which document and denounce repression and resist authoritarian regimes;
- testimonies by scholars and scholar-activists who have suffered repression and are under threat.
This panel is part of the RC47 “initiative against repression of academics” and has three main aims. First, it diffuses information about repression and threats on social scientists and social movement scholars and issues statements to denounce repression and reclaim justice. Second, it promotes research which enables us to provide a better understanding of the local, national and international forces and mechanisms that have produced a world in which social scientists, journalists and activists have become targets of repression. Third, it aims at contributing to a more active, efficient and visible mobilization of the academic community.