We felt very fortunate to be able to head out to Vienna in December and take part in a conference on Protest and Dissent.
The conference brought together a wide range of academics, as well as some activists, to discuss research and experiences of protest.
We had a great session talking about the project, sharing our ideas, and inviting delegates to try out some of the activities we're planning to use in the community pop-up events.
Some of the conclusions we shared with the conference included:
The conference was also a really good opportunity to try out some of our activities with the conference delegates.
The photos below show us taking over the conference hotel bar to test some of our ideas! The activities we tried out were 'Paths of Resistance', which invites participants to map the route of a protest they've been on, and 'Design a Protest Space' which involved designing a 'good' site to hold a protest in.
We were extremely grateful for colleagues' constructive and good humoured approach to our ideas, and we're now rethinking some of the activities based on their feedback
And of course, while we were there, we took the opportunity to have a quick look round Vienna and get into the festive spirit.