Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


27 June 2019 - 29 June 2019

Social Movements after the Global Crash: Looking Back, Looking Forward (Social Movement Studies Conference)

Presented By CRCC
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  • Loughborough University, London Campus

About this event

Social Movement Studies Journal Conference

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.

Throughout this period, Social Movement Studies has published a wealth of articles and special issues (see e.g. Occupy! 2012 , and Resisting Austerity 2017) attempting to make sense of this remarkable historical period for collective action and democratic transformation. In order to further knowledge, debate, and dialogue, the Editors of Social Movement Studies have convened the journal’s first ever conference, which will address the dynamics and impacts of the global post-crash mobilizations on politics, social movements, and theory, and invite scholars and activists working in the area to submit expressions of interest to participate: Social Movement Studies: Call for Conference Participants.

The conference will bring together international scholars and activists and scholars from Loughborough University who are working on post-crash mobilizations. This event is made possible by the generous support of the Editors of the Social Movement Studies Journal, Taylor and Francis, Loughborough University's Centre for Research in Culture and Communication (CRCC), Loughborough University’s Political Communication Beacon, and Loughborough University London. It will take place at the Loughborough University London Campus June 27-29, 2019. Interested parties should carefully read the Call for Participants and apply for consideration by the October 30, 2018 deadline. Please note there are limited places available and applicants will be selected based on the direct relevance of their research, experience in the area, and other relevant criteria, by the conference selection committee.

Social Movement Studies is the leading journal in the field, and is run by a collective of international editors, all of whom are recognized experts in social movements. The Editors in Chief are Cristina Flesher Fominaya, Excellence 100 Reader in Social Politics and Media at POLIS, Loughborough University and Kevin Gillan, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester.

If you do not have access to a subscribing library and wish to read contributions to Resisting Austerity, you can login or register with a personal account to get free access to the past two years of Social Movement Studies content. The conference webpage includes a linked list of SMS publications likely to be of interest to conference delegates and will soon be available here.