SESSION 7: Persistence  &  Resilience

Keywords: politics of care, burnout, the retired resister The outcomes of resistance are not always what we intend for
them to be. It is not always easy to re-engage after disappointment
and everyone has their limits. Non-violent movements and protests are
in many places met with police and/or military brutality. Sometimes
the risks of opposition are too high and political frustration turns
into apathy. This week we highlight struggles of care and resilience,
and look at how others try to find hope to continue.

Core reference: 

Shattered worlds: political trauma amongst young activists in post-revolutionary Egypt by Vivienne Matthies-Boon, 28 February, 2017.

To watch/listen:

Extra references:

Memes: A gamechanger in Egyptian politics - Focus - Al-Ahram Weekly by Mina Adel Gayed, August 31, 2019. 

Exit and voice in a digital age: Iran's exiled activists and the authoritarian state by Marcus Michaelsen, 2018 . 

City of Painb Teju Cole, April 2, 2020.

Reading guide // Discussion questions to prepare:

  • What does political apathy and burnout teach us about resistance
  • What tactics and strategies of care can we learn from activists and community organizers?
  • Looking back at all the previous sessions, what are your thoughts on the possibility or necessity of creative forms of political engagement in our current conditions? What insight sticks with you most?
  • Do you see yourself engaging in alternative forms of protest - where, when, why, how, with whom?