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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.

Send abstracts to manlio.cinalli@sciencespo.fr

 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.

 Send abstracts to katin.uba@uu.se

 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.

Send abstracts to lorenzo.bosi@eui.eu and lorenzo.zamponi@eui.eu

 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.

 Send abstracts to m.theiss@uw.edu.pl

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.

Send abstracts to jordi.munoz@uab.cat

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?

Send abstracts to m.grasso@sheffield.ac.uk

 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.

Send abstracts to lahusen@soziologie.uni-siegen.de

 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.

Send abstracts to kousis.m@uoc.gr



Call for Papers “40 anos após o 25 de abril de 1974: a crise das democracias liberais”

Local: Lisboa, ISCTE-IUL (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa)
Datas: 8-10 de maio de 2014
Data limite para submissão de propostas: 31 de Outubro de 2013

A Conferência Internacional “40 anos após o 25 de abril de 1974: a crise das democracias liberais” é uma organização conjunta de três Instituições de ensino e investigação portuguesas: DCP&PP (Departamento de Ciência Política e Políticas Públicas) e do CIES-IUL (Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia), ambos pertencentes ao ISCTE-IUL (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa ); do IHC-UNL (Instituto de História Contemporânea, Universidade Nova de Lisboa); e do CES-UC (Centro de Estudos Sociais, Universidade de Coimbra). Sendo a organização científica de Fernando Rosas (IHC-UNL), André Freire e José Manuel Leite Viegas (DCP&PP e CIES-IUL, ISCTE-IUL) e José Manuel Pureza (CES-UC).

No ano em que se comemoram os 40 anos após a Revolução dos Cravos portuguesa (25 de abril de 1974), que iniciou a chamada “terceira onda de democratização” em todo o mundo e a transição para a democracia em Portugal (depois de 48 anos de ditadura), a Conferência Internacional “40 anos após o 25 de abril de 1974: a crise das democracias liberais” tem dois objetivos principais.

Por um lado, pretende ser uma espécie de memória académica da transição para a democracia dos últimos 40 anos. Por outro lado, recorrendo ao contributo das várias Ciências Sociais e Políticas e das Ciências Humanas (História, Ciência Política, Relações Internacionais, Economia, Sociologia, Filosofia) e combinando abordagens comparativas e históricas, esta conferência pretende refletir sobre os vários indicadores da crise das democracias liberais e representativas europeias (governos tecnocráticos com um mandato popular pouco claro, governos partidários governando sem um mandato político das suas ações, consecutivas e profundas violações dos compromissos eleitorais por governos/partidos políticos eleitos, uma enorme compressão dos direito sociais contra a vontade do povo, etc.), pelo menos após 2008, data da maior crise financeira e económica desde a Grande Depressão (1929).

A Conferência terá lugar no ISCTE-IUL (Lisboa – Portugal), de 8 a 10 de maio de 2014, e terá uma sessão de abertura (com duas conferências de abertura proferidas por dois convidados) e cinco painéis académicos/temáticos, além de um painel final com os representantes dos partidos políticos representados no Parlamento português. Nos cinco painéis científicos/temáticos, metade dos trabalhos serão apresentados por convidados escolhidos pelos organizadores científicos deste Encontro e a outra metade pelos investigadores que responderem a este call for papers, depois de selecionados pelos mesmos organizadores científicos (ver abaixo o programa provisório).

Assim, convidamos todos os interessados em apresentar um trabalho na Conferência Internacional “40 anos após o 25 de abril de 1974: a crise das democracias liberais”, a enviar um resumo desenvolvido do mesmo (500-600 palavras no máximo), em que tanto o ponto de vista científico como os dados e metodologia utilizada sejam perfeitamente claros e especificados.

As propostas de comunicação devem ainda incluir a identificação do(s) autor(es), um curto CV (cerca de 5 linhas) e um link para o CV completo de todos os autores de cada uma das proposta. A proposta de trabalho deve igualmente especificar qual o painel que pretende integrar (apenas uma única opção).

Privilegiar-se-á a apresentação de trabalhos comparativos e longitudinais (isto é, que comparem as realidades dos diferentes países, mas também os diversos períodos de tempo, ou seja, o antes e o depois de 2008).

Data limite de envio de propostas: 31 de Outubro de 2013
Os autores serão notificados sobre a selecção de propostas até dia 30 de Novembro de 2013

A organização tem a intenção de publicar a versão revista dos trabalhos que, selecionados pela sua qualidade, venham a ser apresentados na conferencia. Todas as propostas devem ser enviadas simultaneamente para o CIES-IUL ( andre.freire@iscte.pt e jmlv@iscte.pt), IHC-UNL ( fernandorosas.ihc@fcsh.unl.pt) e CES-UC ( jmp@ces.uc.pt).

Call for Papers // Media, Trabalho e Conflitos Sociais (Séculos XIX e XX)

Organização: Grupo de Estudos do Trabalho e dos Conflitos Sociais do Instituto de História Contemporânea (IHC-UNL)
Local: FCSH-UNL. Av. de Berna, 26, Edifício I&D
Datas: 16 e 17 de Outubro de 2013
Data limite para submissão de propostas: 10 de Julho de 2013

Coordenação: Raquel Varela, Giulia Stripoli, Paula Borges Santos

Parcerias: Comissão de Trabalhadores da Rádio Televisão Portuguesa; Hemeroteca Municipal de Lisboa.
Esta conferência internacional pretende incentivar a apresentação de investigações que tenham por cerne as relações e condições laborais na imprensa, radio e televisão e também que enfatizem as relações entre media e conflitos sociais, desde o século XIX até ao final do século XX.
Além de se pretender favorecer um conhecimento diacrónico da evolução do papel dos media em torno desses dois eixos de problematização, esta conferência procura também fomentar uma reflexão interdisciplinar, acolhendo para tanto apresentações produzidas no âmbito da história, da sociologia, da antropologia, e da comunicação social, entre outras ciências sociais.

As propostas de comunicações devem privilegiar contribuições teóricas ou metodológicas, estudos de caso ou outras investigações que concorram para criar conhecimento em torno:

– Da história do trabalho e das condições laborais dos trabalhadores dos media;
– De conflitos de trabalho envolvendo media e do seu impacto na comunidade envolvente;
– Da influência do movimento dos trabalhadores e dos conflitos sociais na história dos media;
– Do papel dos media face a conflitos sociais;
– De sociabilidades associativas dos trabalhadores dos media;
– De dinâmicas de trabalho entre media nacionais e seus congéneres estrangeiros.

As propostas devem ser submetidas à organização da conferência, até 31 de Maio de 2013, através do seguinte email: mediatrabalhoconflitossociais@gmail.com. As propostas devem apresentar: título, resumo (mínimo de 200 palavras e máximo de 500), nome e filiação institucional do comunicante. A organização comunicará da decisão de seleção das propostas recebidas até 30 de Junho. Os comunicantes selecionados devem enviar à organização o texto completo da sua apresentação até 30 de Setembro.


Data limite de submissão de propostas: 10 de Julho de 2013

Data de comunicação da decisão de seleção: 1 de Setembro de 2013

Data limite de envio de texto completo: 5 de Outubro de 2013

Call for Papers // Congresso Internacional “A Revolução de Abril. Portugal 1974-75”

Organização: IHC-FCSH/UNL, em parceria com o Teatro Nacional D. Maria II
Local: Lisboa | Teatro Nacional D. Maria II
Datas: 21 a 24 de Abril de 2014
Data limite para submissão de propostas: 1 de Dezembro de 2013

Quando se aproxima o 40º Aniversário da Revolução que pôs fim ao Estado Novo e abriu caminho à instauração do regime democrático em Portugal, pretende o Instituto de História Contemporânea da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas-UNL, com a parceria do Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, reunir num Congresso internacional, entre 21 e 24 de Abril, os trabalhos de investigadores dedicados ao estudo do processo revolucionário de 1974-75.

Sem esquecer os efeitos que contribuíram para a posterior consolidação democrática ou as continuidades herdadas do regime anterior, o Congresso focar-se-á fundamentalmente nas diversas manifestações de ruptura e mudança, tendo como objectivo tornar inteligíveis os principais vectores do processo revolucionário e como denominador comum a análise das transformações operadas na sociedade e política portuguesas entre 25 de Abril de 1974 e 25 de Novembro de 1975.

O Congresso A Revolução de Abril reunirá intervenções proferidas por conferencistas internacionais e nacionais convidados e a apresentação de comunicações seleccionadas a partir deste convite à submissão de propostas.

Adoptando um registo interdisciplinar e internacional, a organização do Congresso privilegiará propostas de comunicações originais enquadradas nos seguintes eixos temático (sem prejuízo de virem a ser aceites propostas de comunicações dedicadas a outros temas):

– Partidos, instituições e poder político;
– Movimento das Forças Armadas e intervenção política dos militares;
– Descolonização;
– Movimentos e conflitos sociais;
– Economia e desenvolvimento;
– Educação, estética e cultura;
– Dimensão internacional da Revolução Portuguesa;
– Historiografia e História da Revolução.

A seleção das propostas será orientada pelo propósito de garantir o máximo de qualidade, originalidade e diversidade dos trabalhos.

As propostas de comunicação devem ser apresentadas num texto máximo de 500 palavras e devem ser acompanhadas por três palavras-chave. Os proponentes deverão juntar uma breve nota biográfica (200 palavras), assim como a filiação institucional e contactos do autor ou autores (email e telefone).

As comunicações têm a duração máxima de 30 minutos e poderão ser apresentadas em português, castelhano, inglês e francês.

Submissão das propostas de comunicação: até 1 de Dezembro de 2013.
Data da comunicação aos autores dos resultados da submissão das propostas: 2 de Janeiro de 2014.
Divulgação do Programa: 15 de Janeiro de 2014.

Por favor envie as suas propostas de comunicação por e-mail para: ihc.40anos25deabril@gmail.com

International workshop “Transnational public participation and social movement activism”

Early career scholars workshop on Ambiguities of global spread, professionalization and standardization

14-15 November 2013

Call for papers is open until 18th August 2013: workshop_lisbon_cfp_final

The workshop is dedicated to questions linking transnational public participation research with transnational social movement activism research and pointing to dynamics of global spread, professionalization and standardization. It aims at discovering linkages, differences and ambiguities in both research fields and invites contributions from diverse disciplines. The workshop includes a public keynote dialogue between Dr. Mikko Rask, Finnish National Consumer Research Centre (confirmed), and Prof. Marisa von Bülow, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile and University of Brasília, Brazil (tbc) on linkages and challenges of transnational public participation and social movement activism. It concludes with a plenary discussion on political and societal relevance and implications of public participation and social movement research with Prof. Tiago Santos Pereira, University of Coimbra (confirmed), Portugal and Prof. Frank Fischer, Rutgers University, USA and University of Kassel, Germany (confirmed).

Outline of the topic

Designs and processes of participation, deliberation and activist forms become established globally addressing various policy issues and different policy levels. Social movement activist forms such as assemblies as well as ready-made templates and techniques for public participation such as citizen juries, consensus conferences, deliberative pollings, foresights, citizen budget forums etc. become developed worldwide and spread around the globe. However, they become more established in some regions while others remain less fertile for democratic and social innovations. The public participation design knowledge travels among experts, practitioners and citizens increasingly in a transnational and translocal setting.

The climate of uncertainty and risks of modernity, requirements of good governance and strong social movements are contextual factors increasing the demand for different/new models of participation. On the one hand this leads to standardization and homogenization of approaches around the world, on the other hand it faces the diversity of intellectual, cultural and political backgrounds that influence norms and values of what is seen to be the ‘good’, the ‘right’ and the ‘efficient’ participation.

The increasing spread of public participation principles and methods brings up ambivalent dynamics and dilemmas such as

* Circulation of concepts, models and techniques:

Different concepts of democracy and representation co-exist and built a fragmented meta-discourse as references for diverse fields of participation practices, at the same time single models and techniques circulate as best-practice. The concepts, models and techniques from diverse cultural, theoretical and normative backgrounds travel transnational and entangle in new combinations, not necessarily frictionless. .

* Diversity and hybridization versus homogenization and standardization:

The spectrum of models and techniques is characterized by diversity and homogenization at the same time. New application problems or trends towards good governance, and calls for more democratization by social movements and protest groups bring new designs and techniques for participation. Existing models become modified to hybrids and single designs become dominant practices and de facto standards in the field, some of them even legally installed.

* Specialized expertise and professionalization:

Expertise for public participation models and processes becomes more and more complex and specialized. It is stored in handbooks, academic publications and is openly accessible in specialized websites. Conferences and trainings are elements in this knowledge production chain and professionals such as facilitators, moderators, policy consultants, global activists and academics built their career on it. Participation becomes a matter of ‘experts.’

The workshop approaches reflection on the transnational formation and standardization of public participation with three foci:

1) Global spread of new action forms, practices and models for public participation: How do action forms and practices travel, how are they modified and adapted, and finally how do they become established in a new context? How do transnational formation and standardization become established? How are they intermingled with the spread and the increasing diffusion and how do they shape the field of participatory innovations? It’s worth to raise questions of how norms and standards of designs and normative principles lead to automatism and establishment of potentially taken for granted approaches of public participation and challenge to look which mechanisms and forms of conformance, modifications and resistance to standards appear. Participatory Budgets, for example were practiced at a municipal level in Porto Alegre already in 1989 and from there spread worldwide. Social movement practices, e.g. the way deliberation is practiced in the assemblies of the Spanish 15M, often trace back to older social movement practices in other regions of the world. These practices are not simply copied, but constantly adapted.

2) Normalization and professionalism in expertise: How do dynamics of transnational normalization and mainstreaming of public participation models go hand in hand with professionalism of experts of public participation? What about the role of experts mediating between citizens / stakeholders and decision makers / policy makers? Can we see trends towards commercialization of public participation practices and an evolving ‘participatory industry’ of participation consultants? How does this affect the spread and the legitimacy of participatory processes? For instance development agencies, like US Aid or GIZ (former GTZ), over a long time have generated a large expertise in how to improve participation in development projects which has gain acceptance as so-called expert knowledge but partly competes or contradicts with the local knowledge and cultural scripts for problem solving.

3) The making and shaping of public participation models: How are transnational formation and standardization shaped by the social construction of public participation (models)? The knowledge production of public participation models provides a range of approaches on public participation. This includes competing alternative models for participation, controversies over authority of normative conceptions for democratic quality and efficient policy making and competing legitimacy claims of models and actors involved. The framing of ‘the public’ (the role of representation, self-selection versus random-selection), ‘the right way to talk’ (for instance based on rationality, consensus oriented) and the desired outcome of participation (activating citizenship, preventing social resistance, empowerment of marginable groups) includes implicit diverse normative conceptions of democracy and politics and shapes the reality the models are used in. This is why the look into the making of public participation models becomes crucial.

Related to these themes we are especially interested in papers that deal with empirical examples which give insights into designs or forms for participation, deliberation and social movements activism that make global claims or travel across different localities. Examples are the World Wide Views, pan-European approaches on participatory processes (European Citizen Consultation, Meeting of Minds, Europolis, etc.) or large-scale processes such as the Australian Citizens’ Parliament, recent developments of transnational and global social movements, the World Social Forum and its regional forms (the continental ones, country specific and local social forums, etc.), transfer of action forms (related to the Occupy Movement, Pussy Riot, Femen, etc.) and models of democracy from below (as for example participatory budgeting approaches, deliberative pollings, foresights), development of internal meeting cultures, and practices to overcome unequal participation due to status differences or language by these social movement actors.

Target audience:

The workshop welcomes conceptual, theoretical and empirical contributions from early career scholars (including PhD-candidates and Post-docs) addressing one or more of these foci. Contributions combining different research perspectives on participatory and deliberative policies and social movements engagement, from public policy and governance studies, interpretative policy analysis, organizational studies, urban and planning studies, innovation studies, science and technology studies, geography and anthropology are explicitly welcomed.

Publication plans:

The workshop aims at providing an appropriate spirit and format supportive in particular for ambitious early career scholars who are interested in publications. Therefore experienced scholars as discussants shall help to elaborate manuscripts towards publishable papers. Selected authors will be invited for international peer reviewed publication activities afterwards.

Submission procedure:

Extended abstracts should be no longer than 300 words, written in English and contain a clear outline of the argument, the conceptual, theoretical and/or empirical framework, methodology and results. Abstracts for empirical papers further should include a brief description of the data used. They should be sent to nina.amelung@tu-berlin.de not later than 18th of August 2013.

Special Events: Lisbon is one of Europes’ most exciting cities which we would like to introduce to the participants of the workshop with the special focus on its social movements and public participation activities. Therefore we meet for a ‘reception’ on Wednesday, October 13, the evening before the workshop starts at MOB, a cultural centre run by two activist groups the Precários Inflexíveis (“The Inflexible Precarious Workers” an association that fights on behalf of the precarious workers) and Group Hassan (a cultural initiative, offering e.g. Hip Hop courses)). Further we offer a walk through Mouraria, a revitalized district in the historical center of Lisbon which tells us a story about the ambiguities of activating residents from diverse cultures and identities for public participation.


The workshop will take place at CESNOVA – Centre for Sociological Studies of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa – and CIES – Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology of the University Institute of Lisbon.

Time planning:

Deadline for abstracts: 18th of August 2013

Announcement selected abstracts: after 15th of September 2013

Deadline for papers: 31st of October 2013

Workshop: 14th and 15th of November 2013, reception on 13th of November, guided Lisbon tour on 16th of November


The Workshop is hosted in collaboration of CESNOVA at Universidade de Nova and CIES at Instituto Universitário de Lisboa. The concept is developed by Nina Amelung, Innovation in Governance Research Group at Technische Universität Berlin / CESNOVA at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Dr. Britta Baumgarten, CIES – Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, University Institute of Lisbon.

Management team (alphabetical order): Nina Amelung, Dr. Britta Baumgarten, Madalena Corte Real, Cristina Oliveira

Scientific committee (alphabetical order): Nina Amelung, Dr. Britta Baumgarten, Prof. Breno Bringel, Prof. António Moniz, Prof. Beatriz Padilla, Dr. Mikko Rask and N.N.

Conference fees and support for travel costs: There is no workshop fee planned. Accommodation and lunch/ dinner costs are individual costs. Unfortunately we cannot offer travel reimbursement, but help with information about funding programs.


Nina Amelung, Innovation in Governance Research Group /CESNOVA, nina.amelung@tu-berlin.de

Britta Baumgarten, Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, University Institute of Lisbon, britta.baumgarten@gmail.com

The workshop is supported by the German Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung.

Ciclo de Conferências – “As portas que Abril abriu” – Abordagens dos processos de transformação no período pós-25 de Abril


Portas Abril

Organização: Biblioteca Museu República e Resistência – Espaço Grandela IELT/FCSH-UNL

30 de Abril 18h30 “Grândola Vila Morena, Terra da Fraternidade” Canções de protesto, ontem e hoje Francisco Fanhais Viriato Teles Diana Dionísio

14 de Maio 18h30 Práticas culturais no Período Revolucionário Luísa Tiago Oliveira Sónia Vespeira de Almeida Tiago Avó

21 de Maio 18h30 Conflitos laborais e transformações económicas José Nuno Matos Ricardo Noronha Miguel Pérez

28 de Maio 18h30 A memória como campo de batalha Joana Pereira Bastos Raquel Varela Paula Godinho

CfP: ESA 2011 General Conference – “Crisis, Critique and Change”

The upcoming 11th congress of the European Sociological Association will take place in Turin this year from the 28th to 31th of August, 2013. The Social Movements Research Network (RN 25) invites abstracts to contribute to the sociology of social movements and empirical research on mobilization in various contexts of crisis, critique and change. Comparative work that connects theory, empirical analysis and interdisciplinary methods is particularly encouraged. Please note that one joint session on the role of emotions will be organized together with the network on the Sociology of Emotions. A semi-plenary session will be organized together with Political Sociology. The deadline for Abstract submission is February 1 2013. Paper givers are invited to present papers in the following eight sessions:

Specific Session VI: A Global Dissenting Youth? Student movements and youth activism in the anti-austerity and anti-corporate mobilisations: relevance, role, strategies and effects

Chair: Lorenzo Zamponi, European University Institute, lorenzo.zamponi@eui.eu
Co-Chair: Joseba Fernández González, Universidad del País Vasco, josebafergon@gmail.com
Discussant: Eduardo Romanos Fraile, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, eduardo.romanos@cps.ucm.es

When did the current cycle of global contention start? Can we consider it a single phenomenon or an articulated set of different and interrelated social facts? Which are the shared traits among episodes of collective action placed in different political contexts, cultural settings, social roots and goals? These and other questions are at the core of the contemporary debate on contentious politics, and we aim to contribute in addressing them focusing on a particular aspect that is common to most mobilisations of this cycle: the significant involvement of young people in collective action and in the politics of dissent. Our panel will focus on the student movement, as a social actor which has been active in different countries in the last years, and on youth activism, as a wide set of experiences and practises of contention which have played a relevant role in many different conflicts, contaminating and disseminating contents and forms of mobilisation. The wave of student mobilisation against the corporatisation of education and knowledge and the increasing precarity of work, in fact, is the immediate antecedent of the current wave of protests in Europe, and it might me argued that the contemporary anti-austerity movement discourse has been developing in that context. Furthermore, some scholars have already underlined the role of university campuses as a space for mobilisation and of student loans as a fundamental topic in the Occupy movement in the USA. But generational cleavages are visible also out of the education system, and youth activism has been considered relevant in all the indignados mobilisations, involving the so-called “generation of digital natives”. We invite empirical-oriented papers and interpretive analyses, aiming at building, through the lens of youth activism, a genealogy of the contemporary wave of mobilisation and to contribute to a better understanding of it.


For any additional information on the conference, please make contact Nicole Doerr (Mount Holyoke College), Marianne van de Steeg (FU Berlin)nand/or Alice Mattoni (European University Institute): esasocialmovements@gmail.com

For specific questions on panels proposed as listed above please directly contact panel chairs. Note, however, that all papers ultimately have to be submitted to the ESA’s electronic abstract proposal system until February 1.

Ciclo de Conferências Movimentos Sociais, Partidos & Democracia

Ciclo de Conferências

Ciclo de Conferências ISCTE-IUL & Biblioteca Museu República e Resistência (BMRR )
“Movimentos Sociais, Partidos e Democracia”
Janeiro – Maio, 2013
Lisboa | Biblioteca Museu República e Resistência (BMRR )
Espaço Grandella

Coordenação Científica
André Freire
Guya Accornero
Goffredo Adinolfi

+ info: gcp.cies@iscte.pt