Lisa Sundstrom awarded Peter Wall International Research Roundtable Grant


The Peter Wall Institute recently announced the recipients of the International Research Roundtable Awards.

One of the recipient is Political Science Department Professor Lisa Sundstrom.

These research awards foster excellence in research and serve as a catalyst for collaborative research between international and UBC scholars. The roundtables provide scholars, community leaders, artists, policy makers and others with unique opportunities to explore broad themes within an interdisciplinary environment for two to five days.
International Research Roundtables often serve as a catalyst for future collaborative research and prompt important advances in science and society, and/or have a significant impact on the discovery of solutions to important problems.

A brief summary of Professor Sundstrom’s Roundtable below:

Everyday activism: Civil society in Central and Eastern Europe 30 Years after Communism’s Collapse

Our Roundtable will explore the varieties of 21st century civil society activism in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). In an era of recent backsliding of democracy in many countries of the region, civil society activism looks different than that during the immediate transition from Communist-party rule.  Instead, today civil society actors are more often engaged in informal modes of activism that address concrete problems: what we call “everyday activism”. We will bring together international scholars and policy specialists who are experts on the CEE region, to engage in a wide-ranging discussion of the emerging qualities characterizing civil society groups and their relationship with democratic politics in the region; to give feedback to the organizers on their ongoing comparative project on civil society trends in the region; and to engage with the wider UBC community about civil society and democracy in the region, which is today frequently perceived as “in crisis”.