Event Date: 22 April 2017
Event Time: 2pm — 5pm
Venue: KLSCAH, Ground Floor Meeting Room
Co-Organizers: Democracy Academy of Malaysia and Civil Rights Committee of KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
Medium of Instruction: English
Social movements create change. The emergence and impact of social movements have been widely debated from a variety of perspectives especially in the Western world. Nevertheless, there is a surprising vacuum on such discourse in Malaysia. The growing importance of social movements signifies it is necessary to establish specific processes and mechanisms in order to capture the complex relations between movements and the state. The rise of movements in the country calling for the opening of democratic space highlights the significance of social movements discourse. Malaysia’s political climate in its own peculiar context serves as an interesting arena for such discourse.
This workshop attempts to bridge this divide by introducing participants to basic concepts and theories of social movements. It will then explore the conditions and processes shaping social and political mobilization. The workshop will also expose the participants on the impact and challenges of social movements by using the case study of the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih). The workshop will be conducted in English.
Khoo Ying Hooi (PhD) is Senior Lecturer at the Department of International and Strategic Studies, University of Malaya. She completed her PhD in Politics and Government examining social movements and democratization with a focus on the Bersih movement, and she is the convener of the course on social movements and democratization. Ying Hooi is the author of “Seeds of Dissent”(2015), a compilation of her commentaries on academic freedom, human rights, protests and political change in Malaysia. She also edited Volume I and II of Ini Bukan Klise (2013 and 2015), a compilation of essays on political issues in Malaysia.
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