The world’s most notable academics gather at İstanbul Bilgi University to discuss and elaborate on Occupy Gezi and other similar crowd movements from a historical, legal, sociological and anthropological perspectives.
İstanbul Bilgi University History Department now scrutinizes crowd movements and rebellions. The conference, Rethinking Crowds: Violence, Law and Democracy, will be hosted at santralistanbul Campus on 17-18-19 June.
Crowd movements, spreading over various ethnicities and social classes by growing and multiplying in number with each passing day, require us to re-question legalsystems and social organizations which we call; democracy. Manifesting therelationship between masses and law, politics and democracy, as proved byOccupy Gezi most recently, is of utmost significance. The aim of Rethinking Crowds: Violence, Law and Democracy conference is to both conduct a study which would set a ground for a new understanding of democracy and create a new thought platform by blending the discussions in international forums and Turkey.
The conference will host globally known experts; Prof. Michel Maffesoli from Sorbonne University, Prof. Costas Douzinas, founding dean of University of London, Birkbeck Law Faculty, human rights law theorist, Prof. Levent Yılmaz, faculty member at İstanbul Bilgi University History Department, Assoc. Prof. Ferda Keskin, faculty member at İstanbul Bilgi University Comparative Literature Department, Prof. Dr. Manfred Berg, lynch and mass violence expert from Heidelberg University and Assoc. Prof. Christian Borch, author of The Politics of Crowds.