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Disturbances lecture series: Asia's Unknown Uprisings

In Helsinki, Kupoli, Uusi ylioppilastalo, Mannerheimintie 5 B 7th floor on Sunday November 17th 

Food available 4pm, Lecture 4.30pm.

George Katsiaficas, a long-time activist, professor and student of Herbert Marcuse, will talk via skype about his recent two-volume study "Asia's Unknown Uprisings". Through a critique of Samuel Huntington’s notion of a “Third Wave” of democratization, the author relates Asian uprisings to predecessors in 1968 and shows their subsequent influence on uprisings in Eastern Europe at the end of the 1980s. By empirically
reconstructing the specific history of each Asian uprising in Korea, Philippines, Burma, Tibet, China, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, and Indonesia 1947–2009, significant insight into major constituencies of change and the trajectories of these societies becomes visible.

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Disturbances is an open series of lectures and discussions at the crossroads of society, philosophy, history, economy and resistance.

We are already aware that we can not live as before, but we do not know what the future holds. Others are stuck in the past, but we only want to understand it. Even a small disturbance of an initial condition can lead a system into a completely different state.

Our speakers are Finnish and international anti-authoritarian researchers and activists. Events are organized in cooperation with A-ryhmä and AutOp, two student groups of the University of Helsinki. You may also follow lecture online (both real-time and recording) at .

Our program is created by the participants themselves, if you want to join or simply get in contact, write .

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