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Transnational Activism and State Violence: Direct Action, Dereliction and the Case of the Killings Aboard the Mavi Marmara

26 October 2017

Time: 12:00 - 2:00pm
Venue: Room 313, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

This is the first seminar of the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) 2017-18 State Crime Seminar Series. The seminar willl be delivered by Professor John Chalcraft (LSE) and will discuss ‘Transnational Activism and State Violence: Direct Action, Dereliction and the Case of the Killings Aboard the Mavi Marmara’. John’s multidisciplinary research focuses on history and politics ‘from below’ in the modern Middle East and North Africa with a particular emphasis on questions of power, resistance, consent and hegemony. John’s current projects examine the relationship between transnational advocacy and activism with reference to Palestinian rights in Israel / Palestine, migrant labour rights in the GCC and civil and political rights in Bahrain, Egypt and Tunisia.

In this seminar, John explores the nexus between transnational civil society and state violence. Taking the Gaza Flotilla raid and the extra-judicial killings by the State of Israel of humanitarian activists aboard the Mavi Marmara as a case study, John presents an interesting case of ‘direct action transnationalism’ by a group of non-violent activists galvanized by the failure of existing forms of international and political civil society.

Please join us for an engaging seminar on the power of transnational civil society, direct action, resistance and other types of novel interventions (non-governmental, rights-based activism etc.) that can be launched in a world of sovereign states and inter-state relations and institutions.


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