Lecture 'The Good Russian: Addressing the Challenges of Authoritarian Citizenship'

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Students, Employees, Alumni, Press, Business
26-02-2020 from 19:30 to 21:00
Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent
Russia Platform
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Sam Greene, King's College London, will elaborate on Russian autocracy and its citizens.

Sam Greene is reader in Russian politics and Director of the Russia Institute at King's College London. He is author of "Moscow in Movement: Power and Opposition in Putin's Russia" (2014) and co-author of "Putin v the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia" (2019).

The idea of the authoritarian citizen presents a conundrum for students of politics. Classical descriptions of autocracies see citizens as demobilized and controlled, and thus largely written out of the political equation. Increasingly, however, research elucidated the ways that authoritarian leaders rule with the masses, rather than despite them. This discussion will begin to re-open some of these questions from the bottom up, asking how and why Russian citizens come to understand power the way they do, and whether we need to revisit our own notions of authoritarian citizenship as a result.

Online registration: https://webappsx.ugent.be/eventManager/events/CERISElectureGreene