Call for Webinar Proposals
The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict welcomes the submission of presentation proposals for our Webinar Series on Civil Resistance for 2020. ICNC’s Webinars are usually 60 minute online events that combine a 30 minute individual or group presentation on critical ideas, cases, and questions related to civil resistance and nonviolent movements with a substantive Q & A discussion with the audience. Webinars are streamed live and the recordings are posted on ICNC’s website for future viewing.
Our Webinars are intended for scholars, activists, educators, members of the media, policy makers, practitioners, and students. Since the series began in 2010 we have reached thousands of participants from around the world.
About ICNC Webinars
ICNC Webinars are an opportunity for scholars and practitioners of civil resistance to share their knowledge and experience in an accessible format to an international audience. As noted, webinar presentations are facilitated by ICNC staff and feature a live Q&A session after the presentation. The webinars are hosted by ICNC’s webinar platform and ICNC provides technical assistance to the presenter(s).
Webinars typically have between 50-100 live attendees with over 100 additional registrants. All registrants receive a recording of the webinar presentation and the webinar is posted publicly on ICNC’s website and YouTube page for additional viewing.
Webinar presenters are offered a modest honorarium ranging between $200 to $400, depending on the number of presenters in a webinar and the speakers’ experience.
The webinars are offered once a month with a possible down time during the summer. Webinars are typically held from 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, but we may be able to make scheduling accommodations.
The formats of the webinars include, among others, panel talks, interactive discussions and forums, and individual PowerPoint presentations, as well as live question and answer sessions with the audience.
After the webinars, we ask the speakers to send written responses to the questions that were not addressed during Q/A that are then shared with the registered participants.
We also encourage speakers to recommend and send preliminary online readings prior to the presentation that might be shared in advance with those who register for the webinar and will be posted on the webpage for the presentation.
Interested in submitting a proposal? Make sure to review the proposal guidelines below
- Webinar proposals should be mindful of ICNC’s definition of civil resistance. Proposals can include analysis of related fields, such as peacebuilding, conflict mitigation, human rights, etc. but should maintain a primary focus on civil resistance.
- We particularly encourage the submission of webinar proposals that explore relatively under-discussed or under-researched topics on civil resistance and nonviolent movements.
- We are also interested in proposals that bring an analysis and perspective on nonviolent conflict informed directly by field experience and/or voices of practitioners.
Past Webinars & Topics of Interest
Prospective applicants are encouraged to review past ICNC Webinar recordings and the list of topics that are of interest to ICNC. All ICNC webinars can be viewed here.
Past presentations include:
- Dr. Elizabeth Wilson: Can People Power Movements Strengthen International Human Rights Law?
- Balint Misetics: Solidarity with the Poor: Civil Disobedience against Housing Evictions in Hungary
- Ches Thurber and Subindra Bogati: Can Civil Resistance End Civil Wars? Lessons from Nepal on Combining Resistance Struggles and Peacebuilding Efforts
- Sherri Mitchell and Tom Hastings: Native Americans’ Nonviolent Struggle for Rights and Justice
- Cynthia Boaz: How the Media Misinterprets Nonviolent Struggles
- Nada Alwadi: Civil Resistance in Bahrain
- Sharon Erickson Nepstad: Why Nonviolent Revolutions Sometimes Fail
- Oliver Kaplan: Nonviolent Strategies to Avoid Civil War
Potential topics of future ICNC webinars include, but are not limited to:
Internal Dynamics and Strategies in Civil Resistance Campaigns and Movements
- Formation of civil resistance movements
- Building coalitions and maintain unity during civil resistance struggles
- Sustaining civil resistance movements and developing movement resilience against repression
- Conceptual, organizational, normative, psychological basis for movement mobilization
- Different life cycles of civil resistance movements
- Leadership, organization, and decision-making processes inside civil resistance movements
- Maintenance of nonviolent discipline in civil resistance campaigns and violent flanks
- Civil resistance through building alternative self-organized economic, political, educational, or judicial systems and institutions
Impact of Civil Resistance
- The impact of civil resistance on different types of defections from business, religious, political and security establishments
- Short- and long-term impacts of civil resistance on society, politics, institutions
- The impact of civil resistance on identities, culture, and individual and collective behavior and aspirations
- Civil resistance and political transition processes
- Civil resistance and prevention of major atrocities
Different Types of Civil Resistance Struggles
- Popular grassroots movements on the margins (landless people, unemployed, underprivileged, indigenous people)
- Civil resistance to fight climate change
- National nonviolent defense against external violent threat
- Civil resistance in violent environments or in fragile states
- Civil resistance challenging violent non-state actors (e.g. organized criminal syndicates, paramilitary groups or violent extremists)
- Civil resistance against structural violence
- Civil resistance against corruption
- Civil resistance against abusive exploitation of natural resources
- Civil resistance movements that have not succeeded: lessons learned
- Nonviolent resistance to coups d’état
- Unknown or little-understood cases of civil resistance struggles in the past or recent history
Cross-Cutting Issues with Civil Resistance
- Civil resistance and negotiations
- Civil resistance and peacebuilding
- Civil resistance, prevention of mass atrocities or decreasing the likelihood of mass killings
- Civil resistance against violent extremism
- Civil resistance, new technologies and media
- Civil resistance and international human rights norms
- Gender and women in civil resistance movements
- Transition from violence to nonviolent resistance
- External parties (i.e. states, multilateral institutions, INGOs, international journalists, diaspora groups) and civil resistance campaigns