Dr Ian Lamond talks Brexit and Events of Dissent at the University of Bucharest
The capital of Romania is not one of the first places that comes to mind when it comes to discussing the management of events associated with the leave and remain campaigns of the UK referendum on EU membership; however, Dr Ian Lamond was invited by colleagues from the National University of Political Science and Public Administration and the University of Bucharest to do just that.
Whilst events researchers do not frequently get asked to discuss such historical moments, there is an increasing interest in academics working in fields such as political communication; social movement studies and political sociology to consider them from an events perspective. Ian observed “Both academics and activists are showing an interest in thinking about how dissent enters the media landscape through events” .
As part of his visit he met with Claudiu Crăciun, a political sociologist and candidate for ‘Demos’ (the Democracy and Solidarity Party) who stood in the early stages of Romania’s current presidential race, and Florin Badita, a young activist who was voted European Personality of the Year, in May.
Commenting on his experiences Dr Lamond says “The trip has opened up many opportunities for future collaboration in research into political events and events of dissent”.
Ian is an events researcher examining the conceptual foundations of event studies. His research interests intersect cultural studies; sociology; political/social theory, and anthropology. His work encompasses events of dissent; creativity and protest; events marking the end of life, and events of the 'other'.