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Chamada para dossier: “Artivismo: poéticas e performances políticas na rua e na rede”

Cardernas de Arte e Antropologia

Coordenadores: Paulo Raposo (CRIA-ISCTE/IUL) e John Dawsey (NaPedra/USP)

Deadline para envio de artigos: 31.1.2015

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New Publication: Conceptualizing Culture in Social Movement Research

Edited by Britta Baumgarten, Priska Daphi, Peter Ullrich

Culture has become a prominent concept in social movement research. It is, however, often employed in an unsystematic and limited way. This volume introduces and compares different concepts of culture in social movement research. It assesses advantages and shortcomings of existing concepts and introduces new approaches. In particular, it addresses facets of cultural theory that have hitherto been largely neglected in the literature on social movements. This includes ideas from anthropology, discourse analysis, sociology of emotions, narration, spatial theory, and others. The chapters in this volume address three relationships between social movements and culture: culture as a framework for movements, social movements’ internal culture, and culture and cultural change as a result of social movement activity. For the purpose of making concepts easily accessible, each contribution explains its approach to culture in an understandable way and illustrates it with recent cases of mobilization.


large parts online for free:

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Table of Contents

1. Protest and Culture: Concepts and Approaches in Social Movement Research. An Introduction; Peter Ullrich, Priska Daphi, and Britta Baumgarten

2. Feeling – Thinking: Emotions as Central to Culture; James Jasper
3. ‘A Whole Way of Struggle?’: Western Marxisms, Social Movements and Culture; Laurence Cox
4. Reassessing the Culture Concept in the Analysis of Global Social Movements: An Anthropological Perspective; June Nash
5. Culture and Activism Across Borders; Britta Baumgarten
6. Comparing Discourse between Cultures: A Discursive Approach to Movement Knowledge; Peter Ullrich and Reiner Keller
7. Culture and Movement Strength from a Quantitative Perspective: A Partial Theory; Jochen Roose
8. Movement Space: A Cultural Approach; Priska Daphi
9. Movement Culture as Habit(us): Resistance to Change in the Routinized Practices of Resistance; Cristina Flesher Fominaya
10. Memory and Culture in Social Movements; Nicole Doerr
11. Embodying Protest: Culture and Performance within Social Movements; Jeffrey Juris
12. Moving Culture: Transnational Social Movement Organisations as Translators in a Diffusion Cycle; Olga Malets and Sabrina Zajak
13. Memory Battles over May ’68: Interpretative Struggles as Cultural Re-Play of Social Movements; Erik Neveu

Seminário mensal no CIES: Movimentos Sociais e Ação Politica

Org. Guya Accornero e Britta Baumgarten


15 de Outubro | 17h00-19h00, ISCTE-IUL, sala AA2.24
Marco Allegra (CIES-IUL), Learning from the South. Informality, Contention and Democratic Governance in Urban Settings
Discussant: Roberto Falanga (ICS-UL)

26 de Novembro | 17h00-19h00, ISCTE-IUL, sala AA2.24
Nuno Nunes (CIES-IUL), Desigualdade e ação coletiva à escala individual
Discussant: Guya Accornero (CIES-IUL)

15 de Dezembro | 09h30-19h00, ISCTE-IUL, auditório B203
Conferência The Long Sixties under Authoritarian Rules. Student Movements, Radicalization and Cultural Change at the End of Southern European Dictatorships, com Erik Neveu (Universitée de Rennes), António Firmino da Costa (CIES-IUL), Luís Trindade (Birkbeck College, London), Giulia Strippoli (FCSH-UNL), Kostis Kornetis (Center for European and Mediterranean Studies – NYU), Javier Gomez Calvo (CIES-IUL), Guya Accornero (CIES-IUL)


Summer school Citizens resilience in times of crisis

The Summer School will take place in Florence at the European University Institute from the 5th to the 11th of July 2015 and will address fundamental issues such as:
• How do people respond to crises in general and to the current economic crisis in particular?
• What strategies are developed to cope with the crisis in the public and in the private domain, collectively and individually, and through policies, protests and individual behaviors?
• What forms of resilience does society show in hard times?

The Summer School will bring together young scholars and more established academics interested in these issues through an intensive curriculum of lectures and workshops. Participants investigating the dynamics linking crises, policy responses, and citizens’ resilience will focus on mobilization and alternative forms of action in times of economic crises. More generally, the Summer School aims to offer analytical and methodological tools to investigate how citizens respond to the social and political consequences of economic crises either individually or collectively, privately or publicly, politically or non-politically. This will include responses such as changing attitudes and behaviors; engaging in collective action; adapting lifestyles; expressing discontent in the media; voting for a populist party; and broadening social ties.

The Summer School will also feature keynote speeches from internationally-renowned scholars:
• Prof. Javier Auyero, Sociology Department, University of Texas, Austin
• Prof. Donatella Della Porta, Political and Social Sciences Department, European University Institute, Florence
• Prof. Marco Giugni, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Geneva
• Prof. Jeff Goodwin, Department of Sociology, New York University
• Prof. Maria Kousis, Department of Sociology, University of Crete
• Prof. Hanspeter Kriesi, Political and Social Sciences Department, European University Institute, Florence
• Dr. Magda Osman, Department of Psychology, Queen Mary University of London

The Summer School is open to 20 graduate students as well as early career researchers throughout Europe and beyond with a specialized interest in participation and mobilization during periods of crises in different fields of study, including political science, political sociology, political communication, and political anthropology. Applicants should email a cover letter (i.e. two pages) in which they explain how the Summer School would be beneficial to their research, a 500-word abstract of a proposed academic paper, and a curriculum vitae to


The deadline for applications is the 15th of December 2014.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome by email no later than 30th of January. Those offered places must confirm their participation within 10 days, after which places may be offered to applicants on the reserve list. Participants to the Summer School will be required to write and submit a 7000-8000 word paper before 1st June. The paper will be presented during the Summer School, providing a unique experience for discussion and feedback. English will be the working language and therefore students are expected to have a good command of written and spoken English.

The Summer School has no fees and will provide welcome drinks and a farewell dinner, academic materials, and the use of library, computing and internet facilities. Travel and accommodation costs are not included, however the LIVEWHAT project can offer five travel and accommodation grants (€700 each) to selected participants.

For more information about the application procedure and academic program, please contact the Summer School organizing committee at


Apresentação do livro “Mulheres contra a ditadura”

Quinta-feira, 9 de Outubro às 21:00
MOB, Rua dos Anjos 12 F, 1150-037 Lisboa

A primeira “elite” de mulheres que lutou contra a ditadura no pós-guerra nasceu no Movimento de Unidade Democrática Juvenil (MUDJ, 1946-1957).
Filhas de juízes, de conservadores, de médicos, advogados, militares, ou de empresários, filhas de oposicionistas, republicanos sobretudo, elas foram jovens escolarizadas à procura de respostas políticas novas, diferentes das de seus pais. Burguesas, muitas universitárias, que arrastaram operárias e trabalhadoras rurais para o MUDJ, com a sua capacidade de liderança e de organização.
Este trabalho destina-se a dar visibilidade às raparigas do MUDJ, que arriscaram, estiveram presas, leram livros proibidos, recrutaram, discursaram, militaram nas campanhas, discutiram animadamente nos cafés, e desafiaram até a moral e os bons costumes do tempo, com a sociabilidade mista, que juntava raparigas e rapazes nos passeios no campo, nos piqueniques, ou cantando Lopes Graça.
Vai à procura das que começaram a sua vida política no MUDJ e das muitas que passaram da luz à sombra, mesmo quando não desistiram de lutar contra a ditadura.

New Publication: ‘Mild Mannered’? Protest and Mobilisation in Portugal under Austerity, 2010–2013

by Guya Accornero & Pedro Ramos Pinto

Anti-austerity mobilisations in Southern Europe since 2010 have been widely debated in recent times. Commentators have emphasised the emergence of new political subjects such as the ‘precariat’ organised into loose, IT-connected movements. To what extent do these portrayals reflect the underlying dynamics of this protest cycle, and how do these movements interact with traditional political actors? Using Portugal as a case study, this article maps the cycle of anti-austerity contention between 2010 and 2013 to reveal a more complex picture, where traditional actors, including labour unions and left-wing political parties, emerge as key actors, facilitating and sustaining the discontinuous mobilisation of new forms of activism, while seeking to gain access to new constituencies through them.

Text online here:

III International Conference Strikes & Social Conflicts. Barcelona, 16 a 19 de Junio de 2015


Desde el inicio de la crisis de 2008, con especial afectación inicialmente sobre los países centrales del capitalismo, vivimos un cambio de etapa histórico que en algunas áreas del planeta se inició a lo largo de la década de los noventa del siglo pasado. Una gran transformación que ha puesto en evidencia hasta qué punto la protesta social vuelve a estar en el centro de la posibilidad de modelar, en un sentido u otro, nuestras sociedades. Convertida la investigación sobre la protesta social y política, en las últimas décadas, en un objeto de estudio menor dentro del mundo académico, su revalorización deviene en nuevo caudal para aproximarnos a la comprensión histórica de nuestro propio presente y futuro.

Es en este marco que la celebración de la III Conference Strikes and Social Conflicts tendrá lugar en Barcelona, uno de los epicentros de la nueva marea de protestas que eclosionó con el 15M o movimiento de los “indignados”, en 2011. Es desde este espacio que se propone un eje de debate prioritario que nos permita aproximarnos a la aportación de las protestas sociales y políticas en épocas de fuerte convulsión económica, social, política y cultural. Esta voluntad va acompañada a la vez de la necesidad de que las aproximaciones que se puedan realizar en esta Conferencia integren todas las líneas de investigación y toda la acumulación de conocimientos realizada sobre la diversidad del fenómeno de la protesta socio-política: desde aquello que se ha considerado como parte de sus componentes centrales, hasta lo que se ha considerado como algo que se encuentra en sus márgenes resulta relevante para una comprensión integral del fenómeno. Asimismo no consideramos que para la comprensión histórica del presente y del pasado existan unos períodos más relevantes que otros: cualquier pasado, por lejano que sea, es susceptible de contener la semilla del presente. En este sentido es voluntad de este encuentro que todos los períodos históricos desde el siglo XVIII se hagan igualmente presentes, como lo es también la de propiciar la posibilidad de aportaciones que desde una perspectiva comparada nos ofrezcan nueva luz sobre los distintos procesos históricos. En la misma tesitura, pretendemos que este congreso se convierta en un espacio de conocimiento y cruce de cada una de las tradiciones historiográficas desarrolladas en los más diversos países.
Un nuevo período histórico demanda de una historiografía que se pueda poner a la altura de sus retos; pretendemos, en este sentido, poder aportar un estímulo en la necesidad de configurar una nueva agenda per la investigación, donde la historia de la protesta social y política tienen que jugar un papel clave.


I. Crisis económicas y movimientos de protesta.
Aportaciones sobre la relación entre la protesta social y política y las crisis económicas: de qué manera interactúan, cómo se condicionan a largo y a corto plazo unas y otras y qué factores explican una u otra morfología de la protesta en este tipo de situaciones.

II. Movimientos sociales urbanos.
La configuración de la ciudad y sus problemáticas vivenciales han configurado una protesta urbana que, a su vez, ha sido también conformadora de la propia ciudad, tanto en aquello que se refiere a sus valores, como a sus políticas, como a su realidad urbanística. Pueden incluirse en este eje desde el movimiento vecinal hasta los movimientos en contra de los desahucios, pasando por las ocupaciones de viviendas y locales, los boicots a los servicios públicos, etc.

III. El conflicto agro-rural.
Análisis de los conflictos sociales ligados a áreas rurales y actividades de los sectores agrícola y ganadero, preferentemente, tanto con respecto a las condiciones de vida y trabajo, como respecto a la propiedad de la tierra y/o del agua, de los aprovechamientos privados o colectivos de áreas no cultivadas (silvicultura), la presión sobre culturas nómadas supervivientes, etc.

IV. Identidades y conflictos sociales.
De qué manera afectan a los conflictos sociales las identidades socio-políticas y nacionales y cómo los conflictos sociales cambian la naturaleza de esas identidades.

V. Procesos migratorios y transformación de la conflictividad.
Cómo se transforman los sujetos sociales y la naturaleza de los conflictos a causa de los procesos migratorios, factores de atracción y de rechazo (pull & push), dinámicas de la integración socio-cultural, surgimiento y construcción de guetos, xenofobia, racismo, etc.

VI. Movimientos de orientación sexual e identidad de género.
Aproximaciones a los movimientos de identidad de género y de orientación sexual: de la historia de las formas de organización de los grupos de afirmación feministas, gay-lésbicos, bisexuales, transgénero hasta los más recientes movimientos trans, pasando por sus discursos y debates en relación, también, al resto de los movimientos sociales.

VII. Morfología de la protesta en los países del campo socialista.
Los países socialistas de Europa del Este y de algunas otras áreas geográficas han pasado, igualmente, por situaciones de protesta social. ¿Cuáles han sido su lógica y sus particularidades, en sociedades, aparentemente, “sin clases”?

VIII. Movimientos sociales y cambio político.
El análisis de la interacción entre los movimentos sociales y el cambio político en situaciones de transición: situaciones de tránsito entre dictadura y democracia o procesos revolucionarios.

IX. Del conservacionismo a la protesta social.
En este eje se pretenden integrar las formas de protesta relacionadas con la defensa y preservación del medio ambiente en términos ecológicos, pero también económicos, patrimoniales e identitarios.

X. Formas organizativas y conflictividad social.
En este ámbito se abre la posibilidad de abordar las distintas formas de organización social y política alrededor de la conflictividad. Se incluyen sindicatos, mutualismo, sociedades de resistencia, organizaciones campesinas, organizaciones patronales, partidos y todas las formas de organización relacionadas con los movimientos sociales, así como el papel específico de las mujeres en los conflictos laborales.


– Podrán presentarse comunicaciones individuales pero también propuestas de sesión completa, preparadas en equipo, con 3 o 4 comunicaciones alrededor de alguna de las temáticas descritas en los ejes anteriores.
– Se valorarán de manera especial aquellas propuestas que faciliten el debate, la comparación dentro de un mismo eje temático de espacios geográficos diferentes, la incardinación de ejes diferentes en un mismo espacio geográfico o la perspectiva de largo plazo. Animamos a presentar propuestas con voluntad integradora de planteamientos teóricos y empíricos que eviten, en lo posible, tanto la pura descripción de caso, como la especulación puramente abstracta.
– Calendario:
– Límite para la presentación de propuestas (comunicaciones y paneles): 15 de septiembre de 2014. La presentación de las propuestas deberá incluir: datos del comunicante o comunicantes (nombre y apellidos, institución de investigación a la que se vincula y email) y abstract de una página aproximadamente (2.100 caracteres, sin espacios). En el caso de la presentación de una propuesta de panel, deberá incluirse un título para el mismo, un responsable de contacto, un abstract del panel (300 caracteres) y los datos de cada una de las comunicaciones y autores (vid.supra.) en un mismo documento.
– Confirmación de aceptación de la propuesta de comunicación: 30 de octubre de 2014.
– Límite para la entrega de los textos de la comunicaciones: 1 de marzo de 2015.
– Formato de las comunicaciones: a) los textos se presentarán en archivo Word; b) no podrán superar los 31.000 caracteres con espacios, incluidas las notas al pie, en tipografía Times New Roman de tamaño 12 y con un interlineado de 1,5; c) el material gráfico (tablas, gráficos, fotografías, grabados, etc.) no contará en el total de caracteres pero tendrá que figurar al final del texto como apéndice.
– Las comunicaciones completas serán sometidas a evaluación y posteriormente se informará de su aceptación definitiva.

Tarifas de inscripción:
a) Estudiantes e investigadores sin empleo: 30 €
b) Profesorado e investigadores con contrato en vigor: 50 €
Fecha límite de inscripción: 30 de abril de 2015.

CEFID. Mòdul de Recerca A, Parc de Recerca de la UAB. 08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès).

Centre d’Estudis sobre les Èpoques Franquista i Democràtica de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB-CEFID):

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Call for Papers From Contention to Social Change: Rethinking the Consequences of Social Movements and Cycles of Protests

Call for Papers
From Contention to Social Change: Rethinking the Consequences of Social Movements and Cycles of Protests

ESA Research Network on Social Movements – Midterm Conference
19-20 February 2015 – Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

A considerable amount of recent research has been devoted to the effects of mobilization with the intent of specifying how social movements produce social changes of various sorts. Political outcomes – including the responsiveness of decision-makers – have been studied the most, but scholarly interest in other types of effects is also growing. Among the effects that have drawn the attention of scholars are the changed behavior of economic actors and market institutions (economic effects); opinions, beliefs and collective identities of the movements’ participants and of their audience (cultural impacts); as well as variations in the life-course of individuals who participate in movement activities (biographical consequences). Sometimes these effects are intentional and sometimes not. In fact, on occasion they are contrary to the aims of those who produce them. Still, it is clear that contentious actions – whether they take the form of small local petitions, large street demonstrations or transnational campaigns mobilized on-line – transcend the internal life of social movements and have an influence on the rest of society.

Despite the abundance of research on these themes, some aspects of the consequences of social movements are still understudied.

First, while the role of the contentiousness of protest actions or the number of mobilized activists has been well-discussed, we know relatively little about how important the content of claims is for achieving movements’ goals. Framing has been shown to play a role in shaping political outcomes in some contexts, but more research could be done in this field. For example, how does the deliberative quality of the arguments made by the movement matter for the mobilization of further (the next wave) protests or for political outcomes?

Second, how does the success or failure of the movement affect the attitudes (e.g., perceived political efficacy and responsiveness) and future mobilization of the activists? There is, in general, little known about the failures and disengagement of social movements, but the consequences of such processes should be particularly noteworthy for those interested in the development of civil society.

Third, how the growing use of on-line media in social movement mobilization affect the consequences of social movements? For instance, does it lead to less sustainable mobilisation and thereby more failures? How does the use of Twitter or Facebook affect the cultural or biographical outcomes?

The mid-term conference of the ESA Research Network on Social Movements will focus on the preceding questions and welcomes both theoretical and empirical papers that tackle these and closely related issues. Single case studies and comparative studies are equally welcome.

Proposals should include the title of the proposed paper, an abstract of up to 300 words, the author’s name and affiliation. All abstracts should be in English.

The deadline for proposals is 30 September 2014 and they should be sent to both of the organizers (see the About section of the website). Decisions will be communicated by 31 October. Participants will be asked to submit their papers no later than 19 January 2015.

From Contention to Social Change is the 2015 Midterm Conference of the Research Network on Social Movements (RN25) of the European Sociological Association (ESA).

The conference organizers and Research Network chairs are: – Eduardo Romanos, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (eromanos(at)
Katrin Uba, Uppsala University (katrin.uba(at)

The RN Midterm Conference 2015 is organized with the support of: European Sociological Association, UCM Faculty of Political Science and Sociology, and TRANSOC Institute on Social Transformations.

Seminário Luso Brasileiro Trabalho, Educação e Conflitos Sociais

02 de Julho de 2014

IHC – Sala Multiusos 2, Piso 4, ID




9h00 – Abertura.

Investigadores: Raquel Varela (IHC/UNL) e Fabiane Santana Previtali (UFU – IHC/UNL).

 9h30: Sessão Temática 1- Trabalho e Educação: A experiência recente de Portugal e Brasil

Investigadores: Fabiane Santana Previtali (UFU – IHC/UNL), Teresa Medina (IHC/UNL), Sonia Maria Rummert (UFF – IHC/UNL) e Cílson César Fagiani (PPGED/UFU – IHC/UNL).                                             

12h00: almoço

14h00: Sessão Temática 2 – Trabalho e Conflitos Sociais em Portugal e Brasil Investigadores: Sérgio Paulo Morais (IH/UFU), Raquel Varela (IHC/UNL), Joana Alcântara (IHC/UNL) e Britta Baumgarten (

16h00: Sessão Temática 3 – Trabalho, Educação e Politicas Públicas no Capitalismo Contemporâneo

Investigadores: Sara Granemann (UFRJ-IHC/UNL), Thais C. Figueiredo Rêgo (PPGED/UFU – FIPMoc) e Ana Rajado (IHC/UNL).

18h00 – Encerramento

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PhD program in Political and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore, in Florence (Italy) is now open

The call for application for the new PhD program in Political and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore, in Florence (Italy) is now open. The PhD program has a strong focus on social movements and civil society. 12 grants will be awarded to the best candidates. The call is open to candidates from all countries with the aim of recruiting an international group of PhD students. All activities will be in English.
For more information about deadlines, applications and the PhD program please see:>

Book: Nelkenrevolution reloaded? Krise und soziale Kämpfe in Portugal

Ismail Küpeli about current activism in Portugal including a collection of voices from activists.

Extract in English here:

More about the book here:


CfP: Between Resilience and Resistance: Grassroots (Economic) Activism in Times of Crisis Guest Editors


Between Resilience and Resistance: Grassroots (Economic) Activism in Times of Crisis Guest Editors: Giacomo D’Alisa,  ICTA -UAB, Francesca Forno and Simone Maurano, University of Bergamo

Looking at the history of social movements, we may identify periods during which these actors have prevalently opposed the dominant power structure di-rectly by using protest actions (i.e. conflicting and resisting the dominant socioeconomic structure), and periods in which movements have prevalently proposed and sustained forms of self-help and self-production – mutualism, economic co-operativism – i.e. developing their resilience through commoning.
Like in the past, the mobilizing capacity of social movements to this day is conditioned by the environment within which these actors operate. The degree of openness/closedness of political, economic and cultural opportunities not only affects the action strategies adopted by these collective actors, but also their organizational structure.

Submission procedure

– long abstracts (about 1,000 words): 30 April 2014
– Selection of long abstracts: 31 May 2014

– Submission of selected paper: 31 October 2014
– Provision of peer review feedback: 31 January 2015
– Submission of revised drafts: 31 March 2015

Please refer to the editorial guidelines available at
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Artigo: O movimento por justiça global

O artigo “O movimento por justiça global – resistência aos modelos económicos de globalização” da Britta Baumgarten saiu no Jornal PerCursos da Universidade UDESC


This text will be publishes in English, in: Stefan Berger and Holger Nehring (forthcoming): Global Social Movements, Palgrave