Cite as: Walid El-Houri, Contribution to the panel ‘Protest Politics’, part of the conference Weak Resistance, ICI Berlin, 27 May 2015, video recording, mp4, 18:09 <>
27 May 2015


By Walid El-Houri

Video in English

Format: mp4
Length: 00:18:09
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Part of the Panel

Protest Politics / Walid El-Houri, Margarita Tsomou


Walid El-Houri
Margarita Tsomou

Part of the Conference

Weak Resistance: Everyday Struggles and the Politics of Failure

As a practice, failure recognizes that alternatives
are embedded already in the dominant and that power
is never total or consistent; indeed failure can exploit
the unpredictability of ideology and its indeterminate qualities.
J. J. Halberstam

Revolutionaries are everywhere,
but nowhere is there any real revolution.
Abdelkebir el-Khatibi

The word resistance usually evokes images of struggle, of opposition, but also of power, of domination, and oppression. In its concrete manifestations, however, resistance is more of a process of trial and error; it is often a story of failures intersecting, weaknesses combining and of building precarious solidarities in times of crisis. In this sense, revolution is never a simple story of ‘success’.

This one-day conference aimed at exploring resistances as a multiplicity, as practices and modes of thinking that challenge normative values of success and failure. Resistances act on the mechanisms of power in particular places, in concerted actions, as well as in daily routines of living, being, working, imagining, and organizing. They can manifest as coalitions of the weak and dispossessed but also as coagulations in that in-between, uncomfortable space of the semi-peripheral. The panels investigated resistances in the decolonial queer context, the cultural field at large, protest politics, and sex work, and involved researchers alongside activists and other agents.


ICI Berlin
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Heather Love
Zairong Xiang
Pearl Brilmeyer
James Burton
Margarita Tsomou
Liad Kantorowicz
Laboria Cuboniks

Organized by

Rosa Barotsi
Walid El-Houri
Ewa Majewska
An ICI Berlin event