The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology


From Dissidence to Defiance: Resisting the Disciplines of Global Politics

From an inter-disciplinary perspective, the research aim of this conference was to consider how dissidence, defiance, and resistance are being conceptualized and materialized within the theories and practices of contemporary global politics.

Beginning with a focus on the theoretical, the first day was comprised of a series of panels to analyze the contributions that Prof. Richard K. Ashley (Arizona State) has made to global political thought. Using Prof. Ashley’s work as a catalyst, panels made up of leading academics in the field analyzed the critical turn in global political scholarship, lessons learned about practicing intellectual dissidence, links between critical research, change, and policy practice, and future research agendas. On the second day, a series of inter-disciplinary roundtables took place to examine and promote research on the roles of myth and insecurity in the politics of everyday life. From positions primarily concerned with political practice and how public dissent has been managed and/or marginalized within contemporary global political dynamics, these sessions drew upon the conceptual work of the first day to identify how specific changes in individual and collective political imaginations could expand the space for political debate and protect against the intrusions into everyday life undertaken in the name of security. This conference was the third instalment in the highly successful North-Net series which has so far seen the participation of approximately fifty academics and postgraduates from over ten institutions of higher learning in the UK.