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The fragility of the occupy movement

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 […]

Transformative Horizons

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 […]

CfP: From Global Justice to Occupy and Podemos: Mapping Three Stages of Contemporary Activism

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 […]

CFP – Global Cultures of Contestation

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 Performativity of Social Movements (CC @TGJBrock)

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 […]

Call for papers – social movements and memories

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 Social Movements and Memorie Chair: Priska Daphi (Humboldt University Berlin) […]