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Public Spheres: In Theory and in Belarus

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  • Wed 09 Dec 2020 17.00 - 19.00
  Add to Calendar 2020-12-09 17:00 2020-12-09 19:00 Europe/Paris Public Spheres: In Theory and in Belarus

Webinar in the framework of the series New Histories of Public Spheres and Public Actions

This work-in-progress talk proposes a move from linear private/public distinctions to a new three-dimensional model of public spheres. Drawing on the sociology of regimes of engagement, it suggests that we can gain a richer understanding of the public by paying attention to multiple pathways that lead from the personal to the collective, each with its own implicit understanding of what it means to be an individual and what is involved in coordinating actions with others. This approach is then illustrated with observations about the ongoing Belarusian protests, discussing the choreography of demonstrations, the role of Telegram and Viber groups, flag-making practices, and courtyard communities.

Mischa Gabowitsch is a historian and sociologist based at the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany. He holds a BA and MA from Oxford and a PhD from the School of Advanced Social Studies (EHESS) in Paris, and is an alumnus fellow of the Princeton University Society of Fellows and past editor-in-chief of the Russian journals NZ and Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research. His most recent book publications in English are Protest in Putin's Russia (2016) and Replicating Atonement: Foreign Models in the Commemoration of Atrocities (2017). He has edited several books in Russian and German on war memory and commemoration in Russia and beyond, the most recent of which came out in November. He is currently working on a history of Soviet war memorials as well as a book on Victory Day celebrations since 1945, and also has various projects related to pragmatic sociology and specifically the sociology of regimes of engagement.

Should you wish to attend the webinar via Zoom, please register by 9 December 2020

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  Outside EUI premises - Via Zoom

Webinar in the framework of the series New Histories of Public Spheres and Public Actions

This work-in-progress talk proposes a move from linear private/public distinctions to a new three-dimensional model of public spheres. Drawing on the sociology of regimes of engagement, it suggests that we can gain a richer understanding of the public by paying attention to multiple pathways that lead from the personal to the collective, each with its own implicit understanding of what it means to be an individual and what is involved in coordinating actions with others. This approach is then illustrated with observations about the ongoing Belarusian protests, discussing the choreography of demonstrations, the role of Telegram and Viber groups, flag-making practices, and courtyard communities.

Mischa Gabowitsch is a historian and sociologist based at the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany. He holds a BA and MA from Oxford and a PhD from the School of Advanced Social Studies (EHESS) in Paris, and is an alumnus fellow of the Princeton University Society of Fellows and past editor-in-chief of the Russian journals NZ and Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research. His most recent book publications in English are Protest in Putin's Russia (2016) and Replicating Atonement: Foreign Models in the Commemoration of Atrocities (2017). He has edited several books in Russian and German on war memory and commemoration in Russia and beyond, the most recent of which came out in November. He is currently working on a history of Soviet war memorials as well as a book on Victory Day celebrations since 1945, and also has various projects related to pragmatic sociology and specifically the sociology of regimes of engagement.

Should you wish to attend the webinar via Zoom, please register by 9 December 2020


Location:
Outside EUI premises - Via Zoom

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Lecture

Contact:
Fabrizio Borchi (EUI - Department of History and Civilization) - Send a mail

Organiser:
Alexander Etkind (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
Ellen Rutten (University of Amsterdam)

Speaker:
Mischa Gabowitsch (Einstein Forum, Potsdam)

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