17 December 2020
One year after the beginning of the pandemic, where do democracy and social movements stand?

Social movements and social change in a global pandemic | Thursday 17 December 2020

This closing session of the lecture series Social movements and social change in a global pandemic will welcome to leading social scientists, Ashish Kothari, a leading scholar and activist in India and Lesley Wood, a leading social movement scholar and an activist in Toronto. In this closing session, we will also discuss the state of democracy and social movements in the past year as well as the challenges ahead.

Ashish Kothari is the founder of Kalpavriksh, an Indian non profit organisation working on environmental and social issues at local, national and global levels. He was trained at the Indian Institute of Public Administration and coordinated India’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. He served on boards of Greenpeace International. He is part of the coordination team of Vikalp Sangam, the Global Tapestry of Alternatives and Radical Ecological Democracy. He is the (co-)author of several books including Churning the Earth (2012) and a co-editor of Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary (2019).

Lesley Wood is Associate Professor and Chair in Sociology at York University in Canada. She researches and writes about social movements, diffusion and protest policing. She is active in anti-poverty, anti-capitalist and decolonizing movements in Toronto; and is one of editors of Interface: A Journal for and about social movements. She is the author of Crisis and Control (2014) and co-author of Social Movements: 1768-2018 (4th edition, 2018).



Seminar online

Thursday 17 December 2020
5PM - 7PM

Register by sending an email at Geoffrey.Pleyers@uclouvain.be or luisavieirasouto@gmail.com

Session in English

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Social movements and social change in a global pandemic

This international online seminar, coordinated by Geoffrey Pleyers & Breno Bringel, gathers scholars from different continents to analyse the way social movements and popular actors have faced the pandemic in a range of countries. It aims at elaborating and discussing a global perspective on the current crisis and the way actors may shape the societies that will emerge out of it.

The coronavirus pandemic has shaken our world. Beyond the sanitary crisis, it affect lives and societies in all their dimensions, from social relations to the climate crisis. It has exacerbated inequalities and amplified problems of political governance. The CoVid-19 outbreak is a battlefield for alternative futures. Shaping the meaning of the current crisis and opening new horizons for powerful visions for alternative futures is a major stake and will have a dramatic impact on society, the economic system, the daily life of billions of people as well as on the environmental crisis.

Read more : The pandemic is a battlefield. Social movements during the COVID-19 lockdown



  • Karla Henriquez Ojeda, Universidad Bernardo O’Higgings, Chile
  • Bandana Purkayastha, University of Connecticut
  • John Krinsky, City University of New York
  • Alexandra Kassir, American University of Beirut
  • Kate Alexander, University of Johannesburg


  • Geoffrey Pleyers, FNRS-UCLouvain & Collège d’Etudes Mondiales
  • Breno Bringel, IESP/State University of Rio de Janeiro

Practical information

Seminar online
sessions in English.

Register by sending an email at Geoffrey.Pleyers@uclouvain.be or luisavieirasouto@gmail.com


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