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Friday, May 21, 2021

Protests in Malta at Manchester Movements Conference

I will be presenting my paper Protests in the year of COVID19 – The case of Malta during the
25th edition of Alternative Futures and Popular Protest, which will take place online from 7-9th June 2021. I will be presenting during Session 1A, on Monday 7 June between 1130-1300.

My research presents and discusses physical protests that took place in Malta during 2020 – the year of Covid19 - and which gained media coverage in Malta’s main independent newspapers. The paper will analyse the issues, organisations, coalitions, venues and type of protests in question. This will provide comparative analysis during the year through discourse/frame analysis, which in turn can be compared to upcoming research of protests in subsequent years. The study will look at the groups and organisations that make up the collective actions in question; the events that form the action repertoire; and the ideas that guide the protests. In turn, the study will look into the networks and the broader context in which movements are protesting, which in this case concerns the specific characteristics of movement and political activism in Malta as a small EU member state.

The  Alternative Futures and Popular Protest conference is organised by movements@manchester (University of Manchester), a group of social science researchers who share an interest in social movements, political protest, cultural politics and social change.

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