Hot off the press, CMC’s Dr. Anna Feigenbaum’s co-authored book Protest Camps hit indie bookshop and digital shelves worldwide yesterday. To celebrate the publication the authors are taking part in a number of events, including a book talk here at Bournemouth University on 30 October, 4-5 pm, in CG07 as part of the Dissent and Protest Public Relations speaker series, which has been featured on the respected global PR Conversations blog. You can learn more about the Dissent and Protest PR series from this document: Dissent and public relations – Bournemouth University.
Protest Camps’ Anna Feigebaum, Fabian Frenzel and Patrick McCurdy will also be visiting conferences and festivals in cities across the UK and beyond:
October 19th – London Anarchist Bookfair
October 26th – Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair 2013
October 29th – Leicester, New Perspectives on Anarchism and Management, Centre for Philosophy and Political Economy, Leicester University
October 30th – Bournemouth, Protest Camps and Dissent PR, Bournemouth University
October 31st – Berlin, Institute for Protest and Social Movement Studies, Technische Universitaet
November 2nd – London, ESRC Festival of Social Science, Creating Worlds Together: A workshop on Experimentations and Protest Camps
November 8th – tbc, Johannesburg, South Africa, Wits University
November 13th to 14th – Bournemouth, PSA Media and Politics Group Conference
November 20th to 21st – Leicester, Generations of Protest Conference, DeMontford University
Protest Camps is available from October 10 at local indie booksellers and for online order order in the UK & in the US.
For more on the broader Protest Camps Research Network visit protestcamps.org
Follow us on twitter @protestcamps
To host a Protest Camps event, explore possibilities for collaboration, or co-design a workshop with us, get in touch with the authors at the above contacts.
About Protest Camps the book
From Tahrir Square to Occupy, from the Red Shirts in Thailand to the Teachers in Oaxaca, protest camps are a highly visible feature of social movements’ activism across the world. They are spaces where people come together to imagine alternative worlds and articulate contentious politics, often in confrontation with the state. Drawing on over 50 different protest camps from around the world over the past 50 years, this book offers a ground-breaking and detailed investigation into protest camps from a global perspective – a story that, until now, has remained untold.
Taking the reader on a journey across different cultural, political and geographical landscapes of protest, and drawing on a wealth of original interview material, the authors demonstrate that protest camps are unique spaces in which activists can enact radical and often experiential forms of democratic politics.
‘The phenomenon of protest camps is finally given the attention it deserves. With an international remit and a huge range of historical and contemporary examples, Feigenbaum, Frenzel and McCurdy provide a theoretically robust yet also highly readable and inspiring investigation of what protest camps are, do, achieve and challenge. What is more it is packed full of great photographs, cartoons and diagrams.’
– Dr Jenny Pickerill, Reader in Environmental Geography, University of Leicester
‘Much has been written about recent protests as digital networks, but too little about the physical process of continuously occupying significant space. Feigenbaum, Frenzel and McCurdy’s wonderful book brings a fresh perspective to our understanding of contemporary political action, connecting to the history of occupations and offering smart conceptual tools for analysing both recent and historical events in all their richness, messiness and hidden order. A fine achievement.’
– Nick Couldry, London School of Economics and Political Science
‘An exciting, engaging and energizing book, Protest Camps is required reading for activists and academics interested in the history, politics and practice of the occupation of public space as a creative form of extra-parliamentary action.’
-Sasha Roseneil, author of Disarming Patriarchy: feminism and political action at Greenham, Professor of Sociology and Social Theory, Birkbeck University of London.
‘Analysing the global history and radical infrastructures of protest camps this book provides a captivating cartography that helps heal the chasm between how we live our everyday life and what our political ideas are, how we protest against the old world whilst proposing new ones. Best read (and discussed) around a (protest) camp fire.’
-John Jordan, artist, activist and co-founder of the direct action protest movement ‘Reclaim the Streets’.