Tag: social movements

A really fascinating post on Lenin’s Tomb, saved here because I’ll want to come back to this for a second and probably third reading: One of the most interesting theories of reification came from Gaston Bachelard who, in his Psychoanalysis of Fire, proposed that there sometimes exist “epistemological obstacles” built into the phenomena themselves, which […]

From Inventing the Future, by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, Loc 674-694: Without the central focus of the occupied spaces, the movement dispersed and fragmented. Ultimately, the organisational form of these movements could not overcome the problems of scalability and construct a form of persistent power capable of effectively resisting the inevitable reaction from the […]

A few thoughts, prompted by the dispiriting act of choosing cosmopolitan austerity over nationalistic austerity in the UK referendum: Our perception of transformative possibilities is culturally constructed. Certain ranges of possibility are foregrounded and others backgrounded. Our sense of viability is the most cognitive dimension to this, informed by implicit and explicit ontological assumptions about […]

From Global Justice to Occupy and Podemos: Mapping Three Stages of Contemporary Activism Call for Abstracts/Contributions Special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society Special Issue Editors: Todd Wolfson, Rutgers University, US Emiliano Treré, Autonomous University of Querétaro, Mexico / Lakehead University, Canada Paolo Gerbaudo, King’s College London, UK […]

Via Tom Dark: Protests in the Information Age: Social Movements, Digital Practices and Surveillance  Lucas Melgaço (CRiS-VUB) and Jeffrey Monaghan (University of Ottawa) launch the following call for chapters for their book on protests in the information age.  Editors: Lucas Melgaço (Dept. of Criminology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel) & Jeffrey Monaghan (Dept. of Criminology, University of […]

I went to this for the first time this year and it was excellent: SOCIAL MOVEMENTS CONFERENCE  – CALL FOR PAPERS From 1995 to 2015, Manchester Metropolitan University hosted a series of very successful annual international conferences on ‘ALTERNATIVE FUTURES and POPULAR PROTEST’. We’re very happy to announce that the Twenty First AF&PP Conference will […]

This looks excellent. I’m tempted to submit a proposal but I did this recently for the social movements symposium in Denmark and I probably couldn’t afford to travel to both: Subject: CFP – Global Cultures of Contestation University of Amsterdam, October 15 & 16, 2015 From the popular uprisings in the Middle East and North […]

In this paper Tom Brock and I argue that relationality is key to understanding the constitution of social movements: how do individuals ‘fuse’ into a collective? Our focus is on the relational bonds that emerge between participants, consolidated through situated action, in relation to which individuals come to value their reciprocal action towards a shared […]

These are some notes I’ll be adding to as the project on social movements I’m working on with Tom Brock develops. Initially they’re aiming towards the revision of a paper and chapter we’ve written (as well as the conference paper we’re giving in a few days time) but we also have a much bigger project […]

What does it mean to talk about the performativity of social movements? The obvious answer is to look to the aspect of performance inherent in the mobilisation of contemporary social movements. In this sense protests and demonstrations can be seen as drawing upon established repertoires of activity, orientated towards an audience, which depend upon certain meanings and also reproduce these […]

Please find below the call for papers for the panel “Social Movements and Memories”, proposed to the ECPR general conference 2014. Please feel free to distribute this call to interested colleagues. Please send paper abstracts (max. 250 words) by 26 January 2014 to:p.daphi@hu-berlin.de orlorenzo.zamponi@eui.eu Social Movements and Memorie Chair: Priska Daphi (Humboldt University Berlin) p.daphi@hu-berlin.de Discussant: Lorenzo Zamponi (European University […]