Everyday resistance

Graphic of sign with 'Resistance' in shattered font

Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 15 November 2016


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Sarah Milne, Tom Cliff, Tessa Morris-Suzuki and Rebecca Monson


02 6125 8247

The podcast from this session is now available.

Resistance is a core concept for understanding regulation and governance. Resistance can mean active social mobilisation to change policy, non-compliance or resistance that is so quiet or passive that it is hard to identify.

In an era of increasingly polarised politics and populist anger, RegNet’s Conversations on Resistance seminar series in the month of November will focus on this concept and various manifestations of resistance across several contexts.

The seminars will address the following questions: what kinds of methodologies are best suited to examine resistance? What are the mechanisms of resistance? To whom or what is resistance directed? Who benefits from resistance? What roles do leaks and whistle blowers play in understanding the phenomenon of resistance? Specific topics will include asylum seekers, indigenous resistance, everyday resistance and the Brexit.

The following four seminars are scheduled on Tuesdays in November:

Please visit the links above for more detailed information about each Conversations On Resistance seminar and to register.

This third seminar in the series is Everyday resistance.

Since James C Scott coined the term ‘everyday resistance’ in 1985, scholars have paid increasing attention to informal, non-organised forms of resistance practised by groups and individuals with limited power. Unlike public, collective and organised forms of resistance, everyday resistance is often hidden or disguised, is seemingly mundane, and may not be politically articulated as resistance. These features pose significant challenges for researchers.

A panel of ANU-based scholars whose research engages with everyday resistance in myriad ways will be chaired by Lia Kent. Each will present a short vignette of everyday resistance drawn from their own research experiences. The stories encompass grassroots self-help movements in China, local resistance to illegal logging activities in Cambodia, and gender and land contestation in the Solomon Islands.

The vignettes will provide a starting point for a discussion of the forms, dimensions and meanings of everyday resistance, its relationship to public, organised forms of resistance and its relationship to power. Panellists are Crawford School of Public Policy’s Sarah Milne, School of Culture, History and Languages’s Tom Cliff and Tessa Morris-Suzuki and College of Law’s Rebecca Monson.

Please register your interest in attending via this webform. The email you provide at registration will only be used to contact you if the seminar is rescheduled or venue is changed.

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