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The Resistance Network
The resistance network is having a long term plan to develop a research programme on resistance studies (involving several individual projects and scholars) but need to develop collaboration with experienced and established scholars in order to generate the necessary funding. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested (resistance @ globalstudies. gu. se) (Write the email without spaces. The spaces are included here in order to avoid spam).
There are ongoing discussions of developingÂ joint research project applications. The best way is to contact people interested in the similar topics as you (se “People” or suggest topics at our mailing list).
Others within the network are involved in book projects. During 2009 two books have been published. One Swedish edited book on Resistance Studies is edited by Mona Lilja & Stellan Vinthagen at the publishing company Liber, 2009: MotstÃ¥nd (see www.liber.se or directly at this link).The other book is The Resistance Studies Reader and is edited by the Resistance Studies Magazine (see www.rsmag.org or directly at the print-on-demand publishing company at this link). The book is also possible to download for free at www.rsmag.org
During our Resistance Studies Seminars (see “Seminars” above) and working group meetings a number of other ideas are also being discussed (se Missionstatement in which we describe some of the ideas).
Besides joint research various members of the network is doing their own resistance relevant research in collaboration with the network, of which some is listed below:
Primarily in the areas of the law in connection with topics such as technology, democracy, human rights, free expression, censorship, open access and ethics.
PhD (2006) Studies attempt to regulate the disruptive effects of Internet technology and the consequences of these regulatory attempts on the IT-based participatory democracy. The work shows that the regulation of technology is the regulation of democracy. Thesis available online here.
Current Research: Uses of technology in participatory democracy, Online civil disobedience, Free Software, Creative Commons & Open access.
Science and Technology Studies, Philosophy of Science, Sociology, Structure/Agency, Ontology, Epistemology
Current Research: PhD-thesis is focused on the question of agency within different sociological and philosophical approaches. Case studies, or inquiries, vary from many different areas where science and technology is beeing theorised, for example:
- Approaches to agency in technology studies – from social construction of technolgy to actor-network theory.
- Approaches to agency in science policy studies – from Giddens to Deleuze
- Agency in the social sciences
- Agency and resistance
Democracy, Power Theory, Resistance, Gender, Change, Everyday negotiations
Current Research Project: Mona Lilja has an ongoing project focusing on the practices of resistance of women politicians in Cambodia. In broad strokes, the research of Lilja engage in broaden the research of resistance in two main sites of exploration; First, some of the conditions for resistance is dealt with. In this regard, the attempt is not to sketch a comprehensive overall view, but only to give some suggestions of how some conditions makes possible practices of resistance to occur. Secondly, and more importantly, the research explores different ways in which resistance is performed in order to map the complexity and making visible the manifold strategies and practices that exist. The aim is not only to reveal but also theorize resistance.
2007 Lilja started a new research project. This project focuses upon processes of political change in newly democratized Southern war-torn countries, taking Cambodia as an example. From a resistance perspective Lilja will consider: What happens when new discourses of democracy merge together with â€˜traditionalâ€™ discourses of decision-making? How does processes of reconstruction/reconciliation inform implemented democratic discourses, institutions and practices? And what is the outcome?
Social Movements & Change, Globalisation, Nonviolent Action Strategies, Resistance, Conflict Transformation, Critical Terrorism Studies, Peace Work, Power Theory.
PhD (2005) on “IckevÃ¥ldsaktion” [Nonviolent Action] (Only in Swedish so far!) IckevÃ¥ldsaktion â€“ En social praktik av motstÃ¥nd och konstruktion, Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Peace and Development Research, University of Gothenburg. (Med Begreppskarta 1 och Begreppskarta 2). English abstract. The book is sold out (reprint is planned), but accessible online or can be borrowed from the GÃ¶teborg University library.
Past Research Projects: Transnational Social Movements & Resistance Strategies (2001-2009) and Legal Change and Social Movements (2009-2012).
Current Research Program: Globalization and resistance among democracy advocators in the Global South (Case studies in Cambodia, India and Palestine).
Research Plans & Current Applications:
- Transnational Social Movements Democratising Global Processes: The Role of Non-Armed Resistance and Negotiations;
- Nonviolent Strategies against non-state terrorism;
- Nonviolent Revolutions;
- The Nonviolent Constructive Program: Utopian Communities & New Societies.