Seminar 13: Borders and Transnational Popular Struggle (Middle East)

Borders forge power (im)balances between and across communities. Borders are also spaces of popular contestation. The literature on civil resistance reveals how sub-state movements can challenge regimes through the strategic use of nonviolent methods, including demonstrations, marches, boycotts, strikes, sit-ins, protest camps, and alternative institution building. While scholarship and practice have largely delimited civil resistance within the confines of a given nation-state, the Middle East offers examples of the radical potential of popular struggle to transcend and redefine state borders, exemplifying an ethos of global citizenship and civic freedom. 


  • Robin Celikates, “Learning from the Streets: Civil Disobedience in Theory and Practice.” In Global Activism Art and Conflict in the 21st Century. Edited by Peter Weibel. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2015: 65-72.
  • Maia Carter Hallward, “Creative Responses to Separation: Israeli and Palestinian Joint Activism in Bil’in.” Journal of Peace Research vol. 46, no.4 (2009): 541-558.
  • Bashir Bashir, “The Strengths and Weaknesses of Integrative Solutions for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” The Middle East Journal, 70/4 (Autumn 2016): 560-578.
  • L. Gandolfo, Transactions, Space and Otherness: Borders and Boundaries in Palestine-Israel, Journal of Cultural Geography, 2016 

Researcher: Michael J. Carpenter received his PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria in 2017. His dissertation focused on the theory and practice of civic struggle, also known as nonviolent direct action, civil resistance, and ‘people power,’ especially in the context of the Middle East, and Palestine in particular.

This seminar will be held on April 9th, 2019, in room B007 of the Clearihue building at the University of Victoria. Please email borders[at]uvic[dot]ca to register.