June the 16th, 1990. Nelson Mandela is cheered by thousands of people on the Leidseplein in Amsterdam. During 30 years, there has been a very active anti-apartheids-movement in The Netherlands. A broad movement, in which many students participated. That day in Amsterdam, everybody on the Leidseplein felt that they had helped move history in the right direction.
But what was the real effect of this movement? What were its strengths and weaknesses? What can other social movements learn from its experiences?
Roeland Muskens recently finished a PhD and wrote a book about exactly those questions. He will start answering them, and engage in a discussion on the results of social movements. Does it still make sense to be an activist, and how can you be the most effective?