Protest, Disobedience, or Constituent Power? Emerging Counter-Narratives for Transnational Constituencies


Transnational social movements and campaigns, in reacting to the varieties of cross-border domination, have described their activities in the traditional vocabularies of political protest: as opposition, contestation, disobedience, or, in more vigorous conflicts, as dissidence, resistance, insurgency, or rebellion. In contrast, the emergence of the ‘global constitutionalist’ paradigm in international law and politics has seen a renewed interest in the category of constituent power. Transnational initiatives such as DiEM25 and the World Social Forum have begun to frame their activities in a ‘constitutive’ and less in a ‘reactive’ language. The workshop aims to assess and compare the features and the various strengths and weaknesses of the respective languages of critique and constitution.

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