Panel Discussion: Protests, Riots and Political Violence

Time: Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, at 4 p.m.,

Place: Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences, Luisenstr. 56, 10115 Berlin, Room 144

Do we experience a new century of protest and violent unrest? This panel discussion will inquire why people take to the streets and why they engage in riots or political violence. We will discuss differences in national settings, the role of the Internet and the new media and the question how mobilization and political violence can spread over a country.


  • Randall Collins, Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and former president of the American Sociological Association
  • Debra Minkoff, Professor and Chair of Barnard College, Department of Sociology, Columbia University and Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University
  • Dieter Rucht, Head of the completed Research Group Civil Society, Citizenship and Political Mobilization at the Social Science Center (WZB) Berlin and former Honorary Professor of Sociology at the Free University of Berlin


Klaus Eder, Professor of Sociology, Humboldt University of Berlin, former director of the Berlin
Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS)

The panel discussion is followed by a reception.

The event is organized by the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS). For more information please contact: anne.nassauer(at) Please register with Anne Nassauer via anne.nassauer(at) until Thursday, January 31st.

Invitation as pdf file