Social Movement Studies Conference Call for Participants

Social Movements after the Global Crash: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Social Movement Studies

Social Movement Studies Journal Conference: June 27-29, 2019, Loughborough University, London Campus

The Editors of Social Movement Studies invite interested scholars and activists to submit expressions of interest to participate in our first ever conference, which will be held on June 27-29 at Loughborough University London.

Following the global financial crash of 2007/2008, states throughout the world have witnessed a wave of collective mobilizations seeking to challenge processes of political and economic disenfranchisement. In authoritarian, semi-authoritarian, and liberal democratic regimes, social movements have variously sought to name and transform dominant practices of democratic enclosure. They have developed new and arresting forms of mass mobilization in transnational waves of protest and national campaigns, from Occupy to anti-austerity movements, student movements, Black Lives Matter, #YoSoy132, Gezi Park and numerous others; they have advocated, developed, and experimented with new forms of democratic participation in micro-level neighbourhood organising and the establishment of alternative economic circuits. In the face of these many mobilizations, institutionalized politics and policies have also undergone a transformation, raising new challenges for social movements. Whistleblowing and leaktivism (e.g.WikiLeaks and the Panama papers) have evidenced the emergence of new techno-political debates and strategies, but have been met with mixed results: increasing criminalization and decreased protection for whistle blowers and stronger legal protections for state surveillance in some contexts, while advancing data privacy rights in others. Movements have also fuelled the rise of hybrid movement parties and innovations in citizen participation, raising new questions about the possibilities and challenges of closer movement and political institutional relations. As mobilizations for greater democracy and rights have increased so have counter-moves to challenge these demands, from movements who mobilize against rights and equality, to greater authoritarianism and curtailment of rights by states. Even in democratic contexts, movements today face a unique set of challenges, not least in having to make the case for previously taken for granted ideals such as democracy and equality.

The journal editors invite participants to engage with these movements through any of four thematic blocks: lessons learned, intended and unintended outcomes, techno-politics and techno resistance, and activist strategies.

Find full thematic descriptions and details of how to apply here.

Submission Instructions

The deadline for abstract submission is 30th October 2018.

Previous Publications

Throughout this period, Social Movement Studies has published a wealth of articles and special issues including Occupy! (2012) and Resisting Austerity (2017)

Conference delegates may be particularly interested in the following pieces from our archive:

The Social Movement Studies Editorial team is grateful for support from Taylor & Francis, Loughborough University London, and Loughborough University Centre for Research in Communication and Culture for making this conference possible.