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Political Concord or Digital Divide? Repertoires of Civic Activism in 2020 Belarus

Discussion with Dr. Vasil Navumau
May 24, 2021 at 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Online event hosted by European Humanities University

This webinar brought together students of the Media and Communications and Political Science programs, as well as faculty from the European Humanities University (EHU) and internationally to discuss the role of information and communications technology (ICT) in the political activation of Belarusian society in 2020. The event addressed the learning process of Belarusian civil society in the course of the ‘Belarusian Awakening’ which began in spring 2020. Participants considered how civic mobilization has launched multiple forms of self-organization and civic initiatives, both in Minsk and beyond. In particular, the speaker traced the most innovative civic initiatives found in the Belarusian context, to explore the instruments protesters utilized to organize collective actions and help the protest participants. These developments were discussed in the context of the societal trends of 2010s Belarus, and in the context of a longer international history of social movements. Special focus was placed on the long-term impact of digitalization on the current political disposition in Belarus.

Dr. Vasil Navumau, guest speaker

Organized by

Siarhei Liubimau