International Online Summer School: Protesting for Change – does it matter?

In three online sessions we want to use our international network to discuss the current dynamics. What makes protests a global phenomenon? How effective are they in changing our world? And how do activists manage to persevere in their struggle for structural changes? We will discuss these and other questions with international experts and activists around the world.

Date: Friday, 21st August, 2020, 17.00-19.00 CEST; Saturday, 22nd August, 2020, 12.00-13.30 CEST and 14.30-16.00 CEST

Place: Web-based video conferencing tool

Registration: Registration is open until Wednesday, 19th August, 2020. Please register with the form below. It is possible to attend individual sessions although we highly recommend your attendance in all three sessions as they are interconnected. You will receive the login password to the sessions by Thursday, 20th August.

Fees: Participation is free.

Language: Due to our international audience, the sessions will be held in English. There won’t be any translation.

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The last few years have been marked by social movements and protests. People around the world have reclaimed the streets for their demands: a new, dynamic and young movement against climate change emerged as well as democratic movements in Hong Kong or Chile. Currently, people around the world are deeply moved by the death of George Floyd in the US which led them to protest against racism and for justice. Mission 21’s many partners worldwide have been in contact with these different social movements.


The detailed programme is still in progress. Changes and additions will be published on this site.

► Session 1, 21st August, 17.00-19.00 CEST: Protest movements and the role of international solidarity 

  • with Julian Brown, political scientist at the University of Witwatersand (South Africa), on the anti-apartheid movement
  • with a reaction of Barbara Müller (Switzerland), member of Center for African Studies, University of Basel
  • with Verena Stern, sociologist at the University of Bielefeld (Germany), on pro- and anti-migrant protests in Germany

► Session 2, 22nd August, 12.00-13.30 CEST: Protest movements in Latin America and tools of mobilization and political support

  • with Nicolás M. Somma, sociologist at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • with Activists from Chile and Costa Rica 

► Session 3, 22nd August, 14.30-16.00 CEST: Meet-Up and Exchange with Activists

  • Solveig Schrickel, Chile, engaged for human rights
  • Halim Pratama, Indonesia, engaged for youth political engagement
  • Mary Kategile, Tanzania, engaged for women's rights
  • Soo-Min Park, South Korea, engaged in Wednesday Demonstration in front of the Japanes Embassy in Seoul
  • Cristian Castro, Costa Rica, engaged for the LGBTI+ community
  • Adenike Oladosu, Nigeria, engaged against climate change and gender based violence
  • Christoph Albrecht, Switzerland, engaged for migrants and refugees
  • Marilyn Umurungi, Switzerland, engaged against racism and discrimination

Registration form