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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.


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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


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.

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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.

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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:

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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

Call for Papers: ECPR General Conference, Glasgow, 3-6 September 2014

Section title: Citizens’ Resilience in Times of Crisis

Section chair: Marco Giugni (University of Geneva), Section co-chair: Maria Grasso (University of Sheffield)

Deadline: 5 February 2014

This section aims to provide evidence-based knowledge about citizens’ resilience in times of economic crises allowing for providing more effective policy responses to the negative consequences of such crises. It examines in particular the ways in which European citizens have reacted to the crisis that, at different degree of intensity in different countries, struck Europe since 2008, but also how they deal with economic crises and their consequences more generally. This may encompass a wide range of strategies and forms of resilience by citizens, from exiting from the political sphere and withdrawing from political engagement to voicing their concerns and engage in political action. It may also refer to citizens who choose different channels and strategies to make their voice heard as an active reaction to crises. Not only can they engage in political action and protest, but they may seek access to justice at various levels (from local to European and international) and take part in the associational life of their community. Economic crises may also open up new opportunities for political parties – in particular, right-wing populist parties – which voters might consider as providing attractive solutions to cope with the negative consequences of the crisis. In addition, citizens might develop new attitudes and practices towards the economic system, society at large, and their own place within it. Studies show the existence of a wide repertoire of non-capitalist practices that involve citizens lowering their cost of living, connecting to other communities and assisting others. Alternative forms of resilience include the strengthening of social and family networks and community practices to foster solidarity in the face of crises, change of lifestyles towards more sustainable forms of consumption and production, developing new artistic expressions, moving abroad for short or long durations (or on the contrary reducing mobility). In brief, the section examines both individual and collective responses by citizens, both the private and the public dimensions of such responses, and both political and non-political responses. In addition, special attention will be paid to new and alternative forms of resilience in times of crises. The section relates to the EU-funded project LIVEWHAT (Living with Hard Times: How European Citizens Deal with Economic Crises and Their Social and Political Consequences), which is coordinated by the section chair. The aim is to create a dialogue as well as a cross-fertilization of finding between the research outputs of this project and the wider scholarly community working in this field, also with the aim of establishing a research network of scholars working on this topic. The section is supported by the Standing Group on Participation and Mobilization. Panel 3 is also part of the section on Forms of Political Violence.

The section includes eight panels:

Panel 1: Changing interactions between publics and policies in times of crises

Panel chair: Manlio Cinalli (Sciences Po Paris)

This panel deals with relational mechanisms at the meso-level beyond the consideration of policy change at the macro- level and variations of political behaviour in time of crisis. The current crisis is often discussed in terms of its bad impact on a number of ‘deviant’ forms of political behaviour, in particular, electoral abstention, political aphasia, or alternatively, affiliation to left/right extreme movements/parties (and the recourse to extreme forms of political mobilisation). The increasing call for a ‘normalised’ political inclusion is also bringing about many calls for reforms in terms of labour market, social policy, access to citizenship, as well as specific policies targeting the most vulnerable groups. Yet, relational dynamics stand out as a crucial filter between channels for political access, flow of resources, and identities on the one hand, and both the micro- (individuals) and the meso- (organisations) levels of political participation on the other hand. Attention on these relational dynamics allows for assessing the roles and positions of a large number of different actors –—including policy-makers, political elites, movements of citizens, vulnerable groups, organisations mobilising on their behalf, as well as various civil society stakeholders.

Going beyond an approach looks especially at associational membership as an ‘individual’ attribute that impacts upon the political participation of ‘individuals’, this panel thus looks at relational dynamics across the public domain and the policy domain, considering different types of actors, and possibly, different policy and issue fields. The relationship between the domain of policy-making and the public domain of political intervention considers that these two domains are independent from each other, without the assumption that one affects necessarily the other. Accordingly, the panel can assess the extent to which variations of political participation in times of crisis, both at the micro- and at the meso-level, can be linked to specific relational mechanisms, which filter the impact of more ‘distant’ explanans. This panel welcomes empirical papers dealing with both national and sub-national spaces, as well as theoretical papers questioning the nature of the relationship between policy-making and (sub)national publics in times of crisis.

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 Panel 2: Political responsiveness in times of crisis

Panel chair: Katrin Uba (Uppsala University)

Discussant: Laura Morales (University of Leicester)

Protests against government policies are not rare although at the time of economic crisis there are probably more reasons for protests and therefore also move contentious mobilization. Policy-makers are blamed if they are not proposing any plans for remedying the citizens’ difficulties or if they do propose some too radical austerity plans. The interesting question, especially in the contexts of democratic governments, is the authorities’ responsiveness to such citizens’ protests. Do activists actually achieve what they ask for (a new constitution, regulation, legislation or a resignation of a politician) or do their efforts fail and governments continue with their policies? More importantly, in what context these processes take place? Can we say that at the time of crisis there is more policy responsiveness because of all the insecurity? Or is the situation opposite and governments are rather following the requests of the international community than their own protesting citizens? Is the short term success actually an achievement the activists looked for and what are the unintended political consequences of contentious actions in times of crisis.

This panel welcomes papers that deal with the above outlined questions and systematically examine the governments’ long and short term responsiveness to citizens’ demands in times of crisis, particularly to such demands that are expressed via non-electoral forms of actions. Comparative papers are particularly welcome, but even interesting case studies, which help to improve our understanding of political responsiveness, are very welcome.

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 Panel 3: Political violence in times of economic crisis

Panel chairs: Lorenzo Bosi (European University Institute), Panel co-chair: Lorenzo Zamponi (European University Institute)

The goal of this panel is to advance the understanding of political violence in times of economic crisis. In order to do this we are concerned with addressing the following interrelated research questions: How do violent repertoires of contention relate to the context of economic crisis? Does economic hardship provide incentives to the use of violent tactics? Which forms of political violence are most widely used in this context? Why, and with which outcomes? How does the context of economic crisis impact on the level of socially tolerated violence and on the individuals’ availability to certain tactics? Which kind of justification of political violence is pursued in times of economic crisis? Which political groups are more likely to turn to violence in this context? How do security forces react to political violence in time of crisis? We welcome submissions coming from different disciplinary fields, in the attempt to bridge the scholarship on political violence with the empirical analysis of the social outcomes of the economic crisis. Each abstract will be evaluated for: quality and clarity of the research question; methodological precision in the comparative approach; theoretically original contribution and discussion of available knowledge; relevance and pertinence to the workshop’s themes.

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 Panel 4: Economic crises and social citizenship

 Panel chair: Maria Theiss (University of Warsaw)

Economic crises, and particularity current economic recession starting in 2008, have caused far-reaching decrease in citizens’ social security. As a result changes occur in two intertwined spheres of citizens’ political participation and welfare state functioning. Thus, there are at least three (new) forms of pressure to the welfare state: need to adjust the protective measures, responding to rising citizens’ claims and the growing scarcity of financial resources.

The aim of the panel is to address the issues of welfare state changes from the citizenship perspective. It focuses on the change of social rights, and particularly on the following questions: If the balance between social rights and social responsibilities shifts, and if so how? What changes regarding universalism, generosity and scope of risks covered occur in spite of crisis? How the (re)defining of social entitlement shapes the new boundaries of a political community? For the purpose of the panel the broad notion of social citizenship is presumed, which includes formal social rights, but also informal practices, including the use of discretion rules and street-level democracy on both national and local level.

Papers are welcome which apply the theoretical perspective of social citizenship in its various versions, ranging from classical ones to more recent post-structuralist or feminist notions to (comparative) analyses of welfare state changes related to crisis. The papers may refer to general or specific policy fields (e.g. social security system, labour market policies, family policies) and related changes on national or local level.

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Panel 5: Economic crises and the rise of populism

 Panel chair: Jordi Muñoz (Autonomous University of Barcelona)

Economic turmoil has often been connected with the rise of populist political movements and parties. Unemployment and other personal and social consequences of economic crises have been found to favor vote for extreme-right parties and participation in populist movements. However, this is not a universal implication of economic downturns: even within the current European crsis we find a great deal of variation in terms of the rise of such parties and movements, across and within countries. Therefore, we are interested in understanding under what conditions do economic crises breed populism. The panel welcomes comparative research focused on the contextual and invididual factors that condition this relationship, as well as case-studies that provide insights on the causal mechanisms that link crises with increased support for extreme right and populist parties and movements.

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Panel 6: Citizens’ political responses to economic crises: Grievances or opportunities?

 Panel chair: Maria Grasso (University of Sheffield)

Do economic crises lead to greater or lesser political participation? Do grievances lead to protest and other forms of unconventional political engagement? Or rather, does the experience of economic crisis lead people to exit the political sphere? How does this vary for the conventional and unconventional political domains? And what about membership of SMOs and NGOs? Do findings apply to the general population or only to those groups most hard hit by the economic crisis? Grievances and relative deprivation have been increasingly dismissed as explanations for political protest. Instead, mobilization models emphasizing the importance of resources, political opportunities, and  the construction of ideological frames for political solidarity have received more support. But may hardships stemming from economic crisis rather spur political engagement as recent waves of contention seem to suggest? What is the role of absolute and relative deprivation? In relation to which reference group(s) should the latter be understood?

To address these important questions for understanding political participation in times of crisis, this panel invites papers addressing the political responses of citizens to economic crises, and in particular the role of grievances and opportunities for explaining such responses. Both individual-level and collective-level analyses can be proposed, insofar as they focus on political responses to economic crises. Empirical comparative studies are particularly welcome. Some further research questions that could be considered include: How do different types of European citizens construct economic crisis and how does this relate to their political participation? Do European citizens feel the at the European Union’s reactions to the economic crises have been adequate? Do they feel more confident or less confident in the European Union as a result and does this have any repercussions on their political activism?  Are there important differences across social groups and countries in constructions of crisis and in citizens’ political reactions? Is the role of grievances and/or opportunities more important in some contexts than others?

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 Panel 7: Resource-poor people in times of crisis

 Panel chair: Christian Lahusen (University of Siegen)

The past decades have provided ample evidence for the ability of poorly resourced people (e.g., the unemployed, working poor, undocumented workers and migrants) to protest on their behalf, thus overcoming their state of social and political marginalization. The economic and political crisis spreading throughout Europe since 2008 has not terminated these mobilizations, as illustrated by protest waves in the European South (e.g., Portugal, Spain and Greece). Individual cases have received ample consideration (e.g., the Spanish ‘Indignados’), but no consistent picture has been portrayed so far.

This panel aims at studying these protests in a more systematic manner by presenting, analyzing and discussing available evidence from various mobilization waves. It proposes to address a number of relevant questions. On the one hand, it is necessary to assess the role of poorly resourced people in the protests against the hardships of the crisis and the policies advanced by the European Union and national governments to combat economic recession. In how far were deprived people proactively involved in these protests? Where they able to stabilize their mobilization across time? And are we speaking primarily of local events, or did protests develop a national and/or European range of activity? On the other hand, it will be interesting to discuss conditions, mechanisms and consequences of these protests. Do times of crisis provide more favorable conditions for the mobilization of the poorly resourced people by increasing the relevance of their claims, expanding the range of allies and improving public support, or do we need to acknowledge also new impediments? What does the varying intensity of protests across the European Union tell us in comparative terms about beneficial or inhibitive conditions? What can we learn about the conditions of a successful scale-shift of local protests of poorly resourced people towards the national and/or European level? And can we say anything about the outcomes of these protests, i.e., does the mobilization of the people most severely hit by the economic crisis have any impact on public policies at local, national or European level? We invite papers that address these questions and allow deepening our empirical and theoretical knowledge. While the focus will be on poorly resourced people, the panel is open to research about different constituencies, policy issues and countries. Comparative papers are particularly welcome, but also relevant case studies.

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 Panel 8: Alternative forms of resilience in times of crisis

 Panel chair: Maria Kousis (University of Crete)

The aim of this panel is to contribute to the study of collective responses to economic and political threats as they are reflected in alternative forms of economic and noneconomic activities by citizens confronting hard economic times and falling rights, especially since the global financial crisis of 2008.

Expanding world-wide, collective responses to economic threats under neoliberal policies, tend to cover basic and urgent needs relate to food, shelter, health, childcare and education. Alternative collective actions and initiatives of resilience include: solidarity-based exchanges and networks, cooperative structures, barter clubs and networks, credit unions, ethical banks, time banks, alternative social currency, citizens’ self-help groups, presumption practices, social enterprises, and others.

Related studies center on innovative practices (e.g. clubes de trueque) which sprang during the economic crisis in Argentina and other Latin America regions. Nevertheless, similar initiatives have developed in Europe before and after the crisis of 2008 – e.g. the SOL social currency Project in France; regional currencies support by NGOs in Germany aiming to support local economies; the flourishing of local currencies and barter networks in Greece and Spain; the alternative cashless production and exchange systems Local Exchange Trading Systems (LETS) in the UK; and, Ethical banks promoting ethical commitment, ideology and principles.

These alternative practices attest to a new kind of politics through the creation of bottom-up participatory initiatives promoting a ‘solidarity economy’,   as seen in countries confronting crises in the past.  Papers addressing such alternative forms of resilience at a theoretical, comparative, or empirical level would be most suitable.

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