The last decade has witnessed a rise in the individual and collective actions related to environmentalism, including climate change marches, anti-speciesism demonstrations, combatting the use of pesticides such as Glyphosate, destroying GMO cultures, and resorting to jurisdictions to enforce environmental norms. Actions multiply both at the institutional level and at the margins of legality, through the constitution of areas to be defended and other acts of civil disobedience. These various movements appear to be animated by a common claim, namely the urgency of a mobilization borne by citizen to palliate governmental inaction in regard to environmental issues. Political unrest hence comprises a wide range of citizen movements which contribute, through marches, protests and other forms of non-violent action, to introducing new ideas and pointing out innovative directions to tackle environmental issues.
These movements form a valuable object of research, for they constitute the mirror of a plural and robust civil society that seeks to redefine itself as an actor of change. Through the variety of their repertoire and domains of actions, these movements testify to the creativity and inventiveness as the “weapons of the weak,”recalling other great historical labor struggles.
Bearing in mind the necessity of an interdisciplinary approach,
we would like to propose a conference built around the various research angles
studying these movements of popular mobilization, and in particular the
representations and discourses on which they draw, and the narratives around
which their protest and activism revolve.