Thursday, 9 July 2020

Hong Kong - A year of protest

While recent developments have impacted the future of the anti-extraction bill movement in Hong Kong, we would like to review what happened in the last year and discuss the more recent actions of the movement. The upcoming webseminar features two scholars from Hong Kong: Samson Yuen, Assistant Professor at the Lingnan University, and Anna Tsui, Research Assistant at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. With their strong expertise in civil society, they will give us insights into the movement’s structure and specifically into the question how nonviolent protests turn violent and can yet sustain themselves.

Samson Yuen is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at Lingnan University. He studies contentious politics, civil society and state power, with a particular focus on the Greater China region. He is a co-editor of An Epoch of Social Movements (Chinese University Press, 2018), and has published articles in Mobilization, Political Studies, Social Movement Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, China Information, Modern China, China Review, China Perspectives. He holds an MPhil in Comparative Government and DPhil in Politics from Oxford University.

Anna Tsui graduated from the University of Oxford in 2018 with a BA (hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Her interest lies in political economy and labor studies. As research assistant at Centre for Social Innovation Studies, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, she is currently conducting research on Hong Kong’s labor and union movement.

The event will take place via Webex. We kindly ask you to register for the webseminar by sending an email to clara.vandenberg [at]