GLOBAL APPROACHES TO DISSENT: THEORY, HISTORY, LAW, AND ACTION
The panel addresses diverse theoretical and empirical angles of dissent within the law or despite the law. It reflects innovative approaches concerning the conceptualization of dissent, female resistance, divergent notions of nation and state, and behaviors of collective resistance in Hong Kong. Manifestations of dissent can be observed in all sorts of societies: from democratic and respectful of fundamental rights to extremely authoritarian. Those manifestations may offer alternatives to existing perspectives, which can trigger innovation or, antagonistically, which can reinforce the status quo. The panel’s aim is to investigate, illustrate, contextualize, and understand dissent in history and in present times – how can it be or has been conceptualized, manifested, and received. Historical and recent illustrations of how resistance and dissent have been regulated are particularly important. The panel brings together scholars from different jurisdictions and contexts.