Date: 28 January 2016, 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Freie Universität Berlin, Lecture Hall A, Garystraße 55 (U Thielplatz)

Protest campaigns linked to episodes of democratization are often described as sudden: surprise, excitement, and innovation are terms often used to describe eventful democratization, as times are perceived as exceptional. Della Porta suggests that one major transformation during those events is what we can conceptualize as time intensification. She will discuss the impact of relational processes of time intensification and then time normalization through the analysis of activists’ perception of time.

Donatella della Porta is professor of Political Science at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence. She is the Dean of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences and directs the Center on Social Movement Studies.

Organizers:
Prof. Dr. Cilja Harders, Director of the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, FU Berlin.

Prof. Dr. Jochen Roose, Professor for Social Sciences at the University of Wroclaw and researcher at the Institute for Protest and Social Movement Studies, Berlin.

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Call for Papers: Konsumkritische Projekte und Praktiken: Ziele, Muster und Folgen gemeinschaftlichen Konsums, Universität Bremen, 23-24.6.2016, Organisatorinnen: Prof. Dr. Ines Weller und Dr. Sigrid Kannengießer

Konsumkritische Projekte und Praktiken des kritischen Konsums entstehen und verbreiten sich seit einigen Jahren zunehmend in Deutschland, Westeuropa, und Nordamerika: Repair Cafés, Transition Towns, Urban Gardening, Tauschbörsen/-ringe, Nachbarschaftsautos und FabLabs sind nur einige Beispiele für Projekte, in denen die derzeitige Konsumgesellschaft hinterfragt und Alternativen zum dominierenden kapitalistischen Wirtschaftssystem entwickelt und praktiziert werden können. Ihre Nutzer*innen und Mitglieder reparieren defekte Alltagsgegenstände, bauen selbst Obst und Gemüse in urbanen Gärten an, tauschen ihre Güter oder versuchen nachhaltige Wirtschaftssysteme zu etablieren. Die verschiedenen Projekte lassen sich in den Kontext gemeinschaftlichen Konsums und einer Sharing Economy einordnen. An sie richten sich zum Teil hohe Erwartungen in Hinblick auf die Transformation der derzeitigen nicht nachhaltigen Formen von Produktion und Konsum. Erwartet werden u.a. die Herausbildung neuer konsumkritischer Werte und Praktiken, die Entwicklung sozialer Innovationen und Stärkung der Gemeinschaftsorientierung als auch ökologische Entlastungen durch die Schonung von Ressourcen.

Die Erforschung dieser konsumkritischen Projekte steht aber erst am Anfang. Noch wenig systematisch untersucht sind beispielsweise folgende Fragen:

  • Wer sind die Akteure, die konsumkritische Projekte organisieren und sich an
    ihnen beteiligen? Wer macht mit, wer nicht?
  • Handelt es sich dabei eher um kurzfristige oder eher um langfristige Aktivitäten?
  • Welche Motive und Ziele verfolgen die Beteiligten?
  • Welche gesellschaftliche Bedeutung schreiben sie ihren Projekten zu?
  • Können Brüche in der Praxis des kritischen Konsums identifiziert werden und
    Unterschiede innerhalb der Gruppe der Beteiligten?
  • Welche Beziehungen lassen sich zwischen dem Engagement in konsumkritischen
    Projekten und den alltäglichen Konsummustern erkennen? Wie stehen sie in Re-
    lation zur Mediatisierung und Digitalisierung des Alltags?

Mit diesen und weiteren Fragen wollen wir uns während des Workshops beschäftigen.

Wir laden zur Einreichung von Abstracts ein, die sich mit konsumkritischen Projekten und Praktiken des kritischen Konsums beschäftigen. Neben empirischen Fallstudien begrüßen wir auch theoretische Beiträge und methodische Reflektionen, anhand derer diskutiert werden kann, wie diese gesellschaftlichen Phänomene untersucht werden können.

Bitte schicken Sie eine Zusammenfassung Ihres Vortrags von bis zu 1000 Wörtern bis zum 28.02.2016 an sigrid.kannengiesser(at)uni-bremen.de und/oder weller(at)uni-bremen.de.

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Im Rahmen eines von der Kommission der Europäischen Union (7. Forschungsrahmenprogramm) geförderten Projektes ist an der Professur für Internationale Beziehungen und Theorien globaler Ordnungen (Prof. Deitelhoff) der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt vorbehaltlich der Mittelbewilligung folgende Position zum 01.01.2016 befristet für die Dauer von zwei Jahren zu besetzen:

Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiterin/Mitarbeiter (E13 TV-G-U, 60%-Teilzeit)

Gesucht wird ein/e Wissenschaftler/in, die/der am deutschen Teilprojekt des internationalen Projektes „Living together with difficult memories and diverse identities“ (LIVINGMEMORIES, ERA-NET RUS Plus Projekt) mit Kooperationspartnern in Finnland, Lettland, Estland, der Türkei und Russland arbeitet. Das deutsche Teilprojekt „Protest und Erinnerung: Zum Bezug gegenwärtiger Proteste auf die „langen 1960er Jahre“ in Ost- und Westdeutschland“ vergleicht die aktuelle öffentliche Erinnerung an die „langen 60er“ mit Erinnerungen in sozialen Bewegungen auf der Grundlage von Medienanalyse, Interviews und teilnehmender Beobachtung.

Wir erwarten sehr gute sozialwissenschaftliche Hochschulabschlüsse, einschlägige theoretische und methodische Kenntnisse, Kreativität und Eigenständigkeit sowie Kooperations- und Teamfähigkeit. Erfahrungen in der Durchführung eines Forschungsprojektes, in der Erforschung sozialer Bewegungen sowie in der qualitativen Datenauswertung mit MaxQDA sind von Vorteil.

Bewerbungen mit den üblichen Unterlagen richten Sie bitte bis zum 18.11.2015 an Beate Stein, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Exzellenzcluster „Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen“, Max-Horkheimer-Straße 2, 60323 Frankfurt am Main.

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Call for Papers: Die Umwelt– und Klimabewegung im Spannungsfeld von Protest und Partizipationsverfahren, Auftakt-Workshop des Arbeitskreises Umwelt- und Klimabewegungen, Berlin, 30.01.2016, Organisator_innen: Jana Bosse (Freie Universität Berlin), Sebastian Krätzig (Leibniz Universität Hannover), Romina Ranke (Leibniz Universität Hannover)

Gesellschaftliche Konflikte um den Schutz der Umwelt und natürlicher Lebensräume sowie die Nutzung von Flächen und natürlichen Ressourcen haben im 21. Jahrhundert keineswegs an Relevanz verloren. Das Spektrum reicht dabei vom konkreten Schutz seltener Vogelarten bis hin zum scheinbar abstrakten Schutz des Klimas. Verschiedene zivilgesellschaftliche Akteure versuchen, mit unterschiedlichen Strategien Einfluss auf politische und gesellschaftliche Aushandlungsprozesse zu nehmen und Themen neu auf die politische Agenda zu bringen. Dabei nutzen sie verschiedene Formen politischen Engagements und gesellschaftlicher Einflussnahme. Dies reicht von eher klassischen Formaten wie Streiks und Demonstrationen bis hin zu zivilem Ungehorsam oder rein digitalem Cyberaktivismus, von organisierten Partizipationsverfahren und Hintergrundgesprächen über (medial inszenierten) Protest bis hin zu Widerstandspraktiken und Direct Action.

Durch transnationale Vernetzungsprozesse finden auch Perspektiven aus dem globalen Süden sowie der „Environmentalism of the Poor“ vermehrt Eingang in öffentliche Diskurse. Zudem lässt sich eine Vernetzung verschiedener Themenfelder wie Umwelt, Klima, Wirtschaft und Ernährung beobachten. Eine Diversifizierung findet ebenso statt wie eine strategische Nutzung des Umweltframes zur Durchsetzung lokaler Interessen. Dies macht es immer schwieriger, den Kern dessen zu definieren, was eigentlich die Umwelt- und Klimabewegung ausmacht.

Somit steht auch die wissenschaftliche Auseinandersetzung mit der Umweltbewegung vor neuen Herausforderungen: mit welchen Theorien und Methoden können wir uns dem Gegenstand nähern? Wie können wir empirische Phänomene adäquat beschreiben? Worauf verweisen die Dynamiken im Spannungsfeld zwischen Partizipation und Protest mit Blick auf gesamtgesellschaftliche Entwicklungen? Wie erfolgen innerhalb zivilgesellschaftlicher Gruppen Aushandlungsprozesse über Strategien und Handlungsformen und wie erfolgversprechend sind sie?

Um diese und weiterführende Fragen zu diskutieren, laden wir zu einem eintägigen Workshop am 30.01.2016 in Berlin ein. Der Workshop soll Raum bieten für die Vernetzung mit anderen Bewegungsforscher_innen im Themenfeld „Umwelt und Klima“ sowie für den Austausch über unsere jeweilige Forschungsarbeit. Im ersten Teil des Workshops soll die Möglichkeit bestehen, Feedback zu eigenen Texten zu erhalten. Anschließend möchten wir einen Open Space zur Diskussion gemeinsamer Fragestellungen und möglicher Zusammenarbeit durchführen. Dabei soll auch die Frage im Raum stehen, ob wir zukünftig in einem „Arbeitskreis Umwelt und Klima“ enger zusammenarbeiten möchten, welche Ziele wir hierbei verfolgen und welches Format dafür in Frage kommt.

Interessierte bitten wir, sich bis zum 01.11.2015 mit einer E-Mail bei uns zu melden. Bitte schreibt einige Stichwörter dazu, zu welchen Fragestellungen Ihr arbeitet, worüber Ihr Euch gerne inhaltlich austauschen möchtet und in welchen Bereichen Ihr Euch eine Zusammenarbeit wünscht. Einsendeschluss für die Texte oder Paper als Diskussionsgrundlage für den ersten Teil des Workshops ist der 31.12.2015. Sie werden anschließend zur Vorbereitung an alle Teilnehmenden verschickt.

Termine:
bis 01.11.2015: Anmeldung per E-Mail an sebastian.kraetzig(at)hotmail.de
bis 31.12.2015: Einreichung der Beiträge (Paper, Kapitelentwürfe oder ausführliche Abstracts)
30.01.2016: Workshop

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Date: 3 November 2015, 9.15 a.m – 6.30 p.m.
Venue: Franz-Mehring-Platz 1, Berlin-Friedrichshain

The workshop “Refugee Mobilizations” goes back to a collaboration of the Institute for Protest- and Social Movement Studies, the Working Group Social Movements within the German Political Science Association, and the Research Area Social Movements, Technology, and Conflict at the Center for Technology and Society (TU Berlin).

We invite scientists and knowledge activists to a one-day workshop on the latest wave of refugee mobilizations throughout Europe. Scholars, activists, and activist scholars have systemativally gathered a great deal of knowledge about these mobilizations – in research projects, discussion groups, and publications.

We organize this workshop to connect people active in this field and to facilitate the discussion about:

  • the challenges and problems of collecting information on refugee mobilizations in a systematic way,
  • the role that scholars assume and the position they choose when they engage in research activities,
  • the visibility of refugee mobilizations both within the academy and in the wider public,
  • options for a sustained network of scholars and knowledge activists,
  • research methods suitable to address central questions related to refugee mobilizations.

We are very happy that Imogen Tyler of Lancaster University, co-editor of “Immigrant protest” (2014) and “Protesting Citizenship” (2014), will join us for the workshop. The proposed schedule is:

09.15-09.30 Welcome and introduction
09.30-10.30 Input by Imogen Tyler and discussion
10.30-10.45 Break
10.45-12.30 Presentation of research projects (à 5 minutes) and comments
12.30-02.00 Lunch break
02.00-04.15 World Café discussion: Challenges of research | role of scholars | visibility | networking | methods
16.15-16.45 Coffee break
16.45-18.30 Plenary discussion

Participation: If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please contact Simon Teune (teune(at)ztg.tu-berlin.de)

Call for papers, 3rd ISA Forum of Sociology, 10-14 July 2016, Vienna (Austria), ISA-RC 47 “Social classes and social movements”

Here is the RC47’s call for papers for the Third ISA Forum 2016 in Vienna (see also the website of Research Comittee 47). Abstract proposals should be submitted before September 30th 2015 via the Forum’s website. Here you will also find panels organized by RC 48: Social Movements, Collective Action and Change

JOINT SESSIONS

Opening session of RC 47 & RC 48: Contemporary Social Movements

Session Organizer(s): Tova BENSKI, President of RC 48, tovabenski@gmail.com | Geoffrey PLEYERS, President of RC 47, Université de Louvain, Geoffrey.Pleyers@uclouvain.be | Benjamín TEJERINA, Universidad del País Vasco, Spain, b.tejerina@ehu.eus | Breno BRINGEL, Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil, brenobringel@iesp.uerj.br

We live in a time of deep reconfigurations of democracy, social movements and activism. Five years after the start of a major global movements’ wave in 2011, the panorama for social movements and democracy in the 2010s is a contrasting one. How do new trends in social movements study help us to grasp this fast evolving situation and the changing forms and meanings of both social movements and democracy?
The decade started with a spread of emancipatory movements and democratic openings. After a phase of intense mobilizations, some of these activists have developed democratic and emancipatory practices in their daily life, while others experiment a partial shift to the institutional politics arena. By the mid-2010s, the panorama for social movements and democracy looks however far more contrasting. The democratic project has however come under serious threat. Social movements are repressed, journalists are killed, and citizens are spied by their states. Even in democratic regions, citizens seem to have little impact on major economic and political decisions. At the same time, conservative, racist and far-right movements are gaining impetus in the West and in the East, jihadism attracts thousands of young people from different regions of the world.
What have been the impacts, the challenges and the limits of emancipatory and conservative movements in the 2010s? How do the new trends in social movement studies help us to grasp these transformations and the challenges faced by social movements and democracy?

Democracy in the Squares: Global Resistance Movements and Women (Joint session RC47 / RC48 [host committee])

Session Organizer(s): Nilufer GOLE, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), nilufer.gole@ehess.fr | Buket TURKMEN, Galatasaray University, Turkey, elizemestan@gmail.com

A new wave of protest movements has emerged everywhere in the world, ranging from the Middle East, to the European cities, as well as Brazil and Ukraine. These movements follow transnational dynamics, while the domain of politics remain at the national scale. Citizens of the world elaborate new democratic imaginaries. A new public culture of contestation appears with art becoming its intrinsic dimension. These movements that we want to examine contribute to the enactment of forms of citizenship in the public square redefining the political subject. Especially female activists’ struggles in the global resistance movements reveal the emergence of new subjectivities through the act of resistance.
While sociologists believe in the existence of a rupture between these newly emerging struggles and the heritage of the past social struggles, there are also remarkable continuities. The rupture women activists in the Tahrir Square created with patriarchy can only be understood with reference to Egyptian feminism. While Kurdish, Turkish, nationalist, leftist and Islamist female activists developed a sense of sisterhood during the Gezi movement in Istanbul, this sisterhood has been developing since the 1990s, along with the evolution of Turkey’s feminisms. Women in resistance movements experience a dual suffering and have to challenge both the authoritarian/neoliberal regimes and the patriarchy that pervaded the movement along with the society. We will try to understand the new subjectivities constructed by female activists of these global resistance movements as a mixed consequence of the experience of resistance and the feminist heritage.

Silos or Synergies? Can Labor Build Effective Alliances with Other Global Social Movements? (Joint session RC47 & RC44 Labor Movements [host committee])

Session Organizer(s): Peter B. EVANS, University of California-Berkeley, USA, pevans@berkeley.edu | Daniele DI NUNZIO, Associazione Bruno Trentin/IRES/ISF, Italy, d.dinunzio@ires.it

On the defensive in the face of an increasingly aggressive global capital, labor needs allies. Operating in a “silo” – that is within carefully defined organizational and strategic boundaries that insulate worker organizations from other sorts of mobilization – is a formula for defeat. Alliances with communities and movements for democracy have always been crucial to labor’s success at the local and national levels. Alliances with other transnational social movements at the global have been more sporadic, usually limited to specific campaigns.
Where are the most promising opportunities for building cross-issue synergies that enhance labor’s political clout along with that of other social movements? What are the obstacles to building synergistic relationships? Few would question the contributions of movements for human rights to the quest for expanding workers rights. There is already a rich literature looking at labor’s relationships with movements prioritizing gender issues and with environmental movements. But much work needs to be done before we understand why sometimes silo approaches prevail and what conditions create possibilities for synergies. What are the complementarities between labors’ organizational and ideological strengths and those of other movements? What are the strategic contradictions that make synergies elusive?
This session seeks to bring together both work based on the analysis of specific successes and failures at building cross-movement alliances and work that seeks to offer a general analytical understanding of the foundations of synergies and silos.

The Sociology of Social Movements as a General Sociology. Around Alain Touraine (Joint session RC47 & RC48 [host committee])

Session Organizer(s): Benjamín TEJERINA, Universidad del País Vasco, Spain, b.tejerina@ehu.eus | Kevin MCDONALD, Middlesex Univesity, United Kingdom, k.mcdonald@mdx.ac.uk | Tova BENSKI, President of RC 48, tovabenski@gmail.com | Geoffrey PLEYERS, President of RC 47, Université de Louvain, Geoffrey.Pleyers@uclouvain.be

Alain Touraine has underlined the importance of considering the sociology of social movements not as a specialized subfield but as an essential part of general sociology. This session will gather contributions that have developed this perspective in different ways and studying a range of social movements on different continents.

Social Movements and the Future They Want (Joint session of RC07 Futures Research [host committee] and RC47 Social Classes and Social Movements)

Session Organizer(s): Markus S. Shulz, ISA Vice-president, markus.s.schulz@gmail.com | Geoffrey PLEYERS, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, Geoffrey.Pleyers@uclouvain.be

Social movement scholars can make a significant contribution to the third Forum of the ISA entitled “The Futures we Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World”. Social movements are major actors of our societies and contribute to shaping possible futures.
This session welcomes both concrete analysis and theoretical contributions on how progressive or conservative social movements imagine, shape and implement alternative futures. We notably welcome contributions on how social actors and social movements imagine and contribute to shape alternative lifestyles, policies and sociability in the global age, increasingly shaped by both global interdependency and the finitude of the planet.

Young Activists, Subjectivity and “the Future They Want” (Joint session RC34 Sociology of Youth and RC47 [host committee])

Session Organizer(s): Carmen LECCARDI, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy, carmen.leccardi@unimib.it

This session welcomes contributions on how young activists imagine, shape and implement alternative futures. As framed in the third ISA Forum presentation, “Tomorrow no longer appears as pre-determined by inevitable trends but as a rather contingent outcome of complex, typically multi-scalar dynamics that vary in their intensity of contentiousness.” Young people aspire, desire, envision, expect, fear, imagine, plan, project, reject, sustain, and wage war over futures. Young activists are major actors of our societies in shaping our possible futures.
We notably welcome contributions on young activists’ perspectives on the future and how these perspectives shape their subjectivity and their personality. Young green activists and their visions of a future on a limited planet prove particularly insightful in that perspective.
However, to understand the specific potential of their vision – at the centre of which stand autonomy, self-determination, experimentation and creativity together with a high level of personal responsibility – the widespread representation of the future expressed by contemporary young people has to be considered. For the majority of them, the future is related above all with indeterminateness and uncertainty. Moreover, the imperative of choice is not flanked by their conviction that personal decisions will be effectively able to condition future biographical outcomes as well as collective environment.

RC47 SESSIONS

Cultural Signification: Making Sense of Action in Social Movements

Session Organizer(s): Dai NOMIYA, Chuo University, Japan, dainom@tamacc.chuo-u.ac.jp | James JASPER, City University of New York, JJasper@gc.cuny.edu | Antimo Farro, University of Rome, Italy, antimoluigi.farro@uniroma1.it | Benjamin TEJERINA, Universidad del País Vasco, Spain, b.tejerina@ehu.eus

For many years, researchers have found that social movements contain cultural and psychological elements that guide actions in one way or another, leading eventually to movement mobilization.  Cultural attributes, such as interpretation, emotion, collective identity, and frame, as they give meanings and signification to the action, work in participants’ engagement in the action.
While long recognized as indispensable for mobilization, these cultural components have also been regarded as the elements difficult to grasp; they are difficult to detect, observe, conceptualize, and generalize.  We have come a long way to find frame and collective identity to work in a concrete movement setting.  But we have to stop and think what else we have acquired as our common cultural languages.  We know that emotions are important.  But we are not sure if we have developed and conceptualized enough to bring emotion in our thought frame as a sound analytical concept.  We are not sure further if these cultural languages can easily travel across researchers residing different continents, East and West and North and South.  We may also have different methods and methodologies to detect and observe cultural components of action.
This proposed session aims at bringing together our cultural findings in social movement research.  Proposing a new concept, new ways of doing research aiming at digging out cultural materials, rearranging current conceptualization, displaying a region/location-specific research method, etc, should help understand where we are, and which direction(s) we should move on from here.

Environmental Movements in the Age of Climate Change

Session Organizer(s): Christopher ROOTES, University of Kent, United Kingdom, c.a.rootes@kent.ac.uk

Environmental movements and protest appeared to be natural bed-fellows as activists struggled to mobilise an environmentally uneducated populace and to challenge the priorities of governments and parties more concerned about economic development than environmental protection. That changed as governments began to acknowledge environmental problems and, recognising the expertise of environmental NGOs, began to see NGOs as partners rather than adversaries. That relationship was consolidated as climate change rose on political agendas, as governments saw NGOs as potential mobilisers of citizens toward sustainable alternatives to the carbon-intensive economy. This created opportunities for NGOs, but, demanding more of them than they can deliver, it has created dilemmas about their identity and future action. Their dilemmas differ according to the dispositions of governments, from the EU, where governments have mostly accepted the need for action on climate change, to countries where governments have resisted action (e.g. Australia, USA, Canada). This panel will compare experiences at local, regional, national and transnational levels, to illuminate the variety of scenarios and responses of environmental movements and NGOs, and to consider the future of environmentalism in light of these developments. We shall be particularly interested in the development of new forms of environmental activism at local as well as international levels, and the emergence of activism on climate justice, including networks of NGOs, activists and experts in and around climate summits. Papers on transnational movements or multi-sited research in an international/global perspective will be especially welcome.

What’s Left of 2011? Continuities and Outcomes of the 2011 Protests

Session Organizer(s): Lorenzo ZAMPONI, European University Institute, Italy, lorenzo.zamponi@eui.eu | Priska DAPHI, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany, daphi@soz.uni-frankfurt.de

Though large protests often surprise observers, they hardly start from scratch. Mostly, they are rooted in previous mobilisations. And often they produce outcomes that in turn will influence future mobilisation. The panel explores continuities and outcomes of social movements in the context of the wave of protests for social justice starting in 2011 – including the Arab Spring, the European anti-austerity mobilisations and the Occupy movement. This perspective allows looking at protests not as isolated events, but as part of a historical trajectory, considering both antecedents and legacies. How did previous mobilisations affect this wave of protest? How did the 2011 wave of protests influence more recent mobilisations? What are the consequences of the 2011 protests for politics more generally?
This panel hence will focus on movement continuities and outcomes, before and after the 2011 protests. On the one hand, we are interested in the contents of continuities and the role organisations, submerged networks, abeyance structures, free spaces and other actors and mechanisms play in ensuring this continuity. On the other hand, we aim to shed light on outcomes both with respect to policy-making and political representation as well as the effects on activists’ life-courses and movements’ internal organization.

Far Right Movements and Social Research

Session Organizer(s): Emanuele TOSCANO, University Guglielmo Marconi, Italy, emanuele.toscano@uniroma1.it | Chikako MORI, Hitotsubashi University, Japan, c.mori@r.hit-u.ac.jp

The rise and spread of far right, populist and nationalist movements in Europe and elsewhere in the world opened a new framework of interest for social movement studies. The study of far right is mainly addressed by political science, focusing on parties and electoral trends. Very few researches are instead leaded from the point of view of social movement studies. One explanation can be linked with the methodological issues: social movements researchers usually use qualitative techniques, such us participant observation, in-depth interviews and sociological interventions to study social movements, often creating a relation with activists based on mutual respect and common perspectives. But how can this possible with activists whose discourses are often racist oriented, or whose initiatives are violent and disrespectful?
Which methodological obstacles arise for research oriented towards analysing protest participation in far right movements? And how do we overcome them?
The panel welcomes empirical and theoretical contributions that deal with reflection on methodology in the study of movements – such as racist, populist of far right organisations – with whose discourses and practises is difficult to empathise.

From Indymedia to #Occupywallstreet and Anti-Austerity Protests in Europe: Three Generations of Digital Activism Logics

Session Organizer(s): Tod WOLFSON, Rutgers University, USA, wolfsont@gmail.com | Emiliano TRERÉ, Autonomous University of Queretaro, Mexico, etrere@gmail.com | Peter FUNKE, University of South Florida, USA, pnfunke@usf.edu | Paolo GERBAUDO, King`s College London, United Kingdom, paolo.gerbaudo@kcl.ac.uk

Across the last few decades the logic of activism, and of digital activism in particular, have changed dramatically. We have experienced what could be regarded as three waves of protests from the early 1990s to the present. Each of these waves is connected both by the transformations in global capitalism and the rise of the digital age, while still displaying differences or rather developments in movement-based organizing. Together however, we can conceive these three waves as part of one broader epoch of contention. Those particular waves of contention are: Global Social Justice, Occupy/Arab Spring, Syriza/Podemos.
In this panel, we propose to look at the logics of these waves of protest (or generations of digital activism) in order to explore their similarities and differences. The goal of the panel discussion would be to mine history assuming a diachronic perspective, but more concretely to understand the strengths and weaknesses of this epoch of contention as we watch the current wave of struggle unfold.
Some of the questions that will be tackled in the panel are: how have capitalist transformations informed the emergence of the current epoch of contention and how has the activists relation to communication technologies evolved and shaped the logics of protests and mobilizations? Can we conceive of an underlying meta-logics of movement politics informing the waves of protests and how are they best conceptualized, similar as well as differently enacted? What has been the evolution of the role of alternative media in an oversaturated media environment where corporate social media are increasingly dominating the digital activism scenario? What are the challenges that social movements and their communication face when they crystallize into political parties? What lessons have we learned from the analysis of this epoch of contention and what are the future horizons of digital activism and protest?

ICTs in the Media Ecology of Protest Movements: Infrastructures, Discourses and Practices for Social Change.

Session Organizer(s): Alice MATTONI, European University Institute, Italy, alice.mattoni@eui.eu | Ionel SAVA, University of Bucharest, Romania, insava@sas.unibuc.ro

Studies on ICTs and social movements flourished in the past few years, also due to the relevant role that social media platforms and mobile communication devices had in the 2011 protest wave. Literature on the topic, however, frequently considers ICTs independently from the context in which they are embedded resulting in a myopic look at the role of digital media in mobilizations. This flaw might be overcome through an analysis that takes into consideration the media ecology of ICTs. Starting from this assumption, the panel seeks papers that investigate ICTs in relation to: the material infrastructures that sustain ICTs used during protests, from corporate media clouds services to activist managed hardware and software; the discourses and imageries related to ICTs, including values and beliefs that activists and other political actors attach to ICTs used during protests; the (media) practices that include the use of ICTs during protests, also in combination with other media technologies and means of communication, like the live-streaming of face-to-face assemblies or the coordinated collective use of Twitter accounts. The panel welcome papers that explore the role of ICTs in recent mobilizations through qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches. We are particularly interested in papers that considers protests in Southern, Central and Eastern Europe, also in a comparative perspective with protests that occurred in other parts of the world.

Genesis of the New Social Movements in the Global South

Session Organizer(s): Simin FADAEE, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, simin.fadaee@hu-berlin.de | Breno BRINGEL, Universidade Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, brenobringel@iesp.uerj.br

The panel will be shaped around the so-called new social movements of the global South. The paradigm which emerged as a response to the ‘rights based’ and ‘quality-of-life’ movements (e.g. feminism, LGBT rights, environment, human rights, etc. ) in Europe and North America after the 1960s assumed that there is a clear distinction between these ‘identity’ movements  and the old organized ‘labor’ movements. Although many Southern societies have witnessed the emergence of rights based and quality-of-life movements, scholarship lacks systematic analysis of these movements in non-western context. The panel aims at addressing this gap by focusing on the historical origins, participants and the relation of these movements to earlier struggles.

Moving Refugees? Mobilisation and Outcomes of Refugee Movements, Solidarity Groups, and Anti-Asylum Activities

Session Organizer(s): Ilker ATAC, ING Bank Turkey, Turkey, ilker.atac@univie.ac.at | Sieglinde ROSENBERGER, University of Vienna, Austria, sieglinde.rosenberger@univie.ac.at

The past ten years have witnessed an upsurge of mobilizations and protest activities by asylum seekers, irregular migrants and migrant rights solidarity activists and groups. With forms of collective public action they demand advocacy for human rights, a fair asylum process and access to labor markets. Furthermore, they demonstrate resistance to pending deportations. In contrast to these pro-migrant movements, we have noticed also a rise of counter-movements that take action against asylum seekers and their accommodations, mostly on a local level.
First, the panel focuses on organizational aspects, framing strategies and identities of these protest movements. Which practices, discursive alliances and mobilization strategies do they use? What are the similarities and differences among these movements? In which ways do pro-refugee and anti-refugee movements relate to each other?
Second, the panel will deal with internal effects and social and political outcomes of these movements. These movements produce cultural effects, through their framing strategies they aim to change perceptions in the society; they produce individual/biographical effects, protests against the deportation of failed asylum seekers results in some cases to legalization. However, asylum seekers may also run the risk of being deported. Reactions of governments and other state institutions may also result in repression, co-optation, and prevention.
This panel addresses refugee, solidarity and anti-asylum movements and focuses on both their different forms of mobilizations and their social, political and movement-related outcomes. Comparative papers with regard to movements, countries and political levels as well as single case studies are also welcome.

Popular Dissent in Sub-Saharan Africa

Session Organizer: Marcelle DAWSON, University of Otago, New Zealand, marcelle.dawson@otago.ac.nz

The nature of popular resistance in sub-Saharan Africa has much in common with the waves of protest that have swept across the globe in recent years. Consequently, scholarship on protest in Africa – while it certainly must take into account the diversity on the continent – has much to offer the field of social movement studies. This session aims to attract a range of important voices that will examine the history, character and trajectory of grassroots struggles in sub-Saharan Africa but, at the same time, highlight the ways in which popular dissent in this region is connected to global patterns of protest. In particular, this session welcomes contributions that address, but are not limited to, the following issues:
–       Working class struggle in sub-Saharan Africa
–       Leadership and the role of key political thinkers in past and present sub-Saharan contexts.
–       ‘Dynamics of contention’  in sub-Saharan Africa both within and outside of the context of organized social movements.
–       The intersection between community and labour movements in sub-Saharan Africa.
–       Theoretical implications for social movement studies that draw on African cases.
Preference will be given to contributions that contextualize African struggles within the global picture of popular resistance.

Social Movements As Sites of Social Development

Session Organizer(s): John KRINSKY, City College New York, USA, jkrinsky.ccny@gmail.com

Social movements are a crucible in which activists collectively generate which new forms of social organization as they attempt to make new subjects, worlds and histories in the context of—and in response to—the old; they may equally be moments of stymied progress where few advances are made on critical questions facing movements and the social groups they represent.  Whereas recent scholarship on social movements has emphasized their microfoundations, conceived as strategic interactions and choice-points, it has tended to play down the more macro-level, longer-lasting features of capitalist societies (including their historical encoding of class, race, gender, and nationality) and the often-contradictory nature of these features. In favor of analytic formalism, social movement studies have largely abandoned systematic social criticism.  This formalist turn also tends to play down the extent to which movements are a site of collective learning.  Reticence about social critique leads analysts to abjure judgments about whether and how collective action leads toward or away from social development.  Emerging Marxist scholarship on social movements has attempted to join the focus on on-the-ground interaction typical of formalist theories with the analyses of the larger, structured dynamics of capitalism and class; and as a body of work grounded in a theory of the “self-emancipation of the working class” (variously defined), its central concern is movement development towards more encompassing modes of social action an social identities.  This panel welcomes papers that focus on efforts to weave together theories of strategy and learning and larger-scale historical and social contradictions.

Social Movements in Latin America: Contributing to a North-South Dialogue

Session Organizer(s): Renata MOTTA, Free University Berlin, Germany, renata.motta@fu-berlin.de | Pablo LAPEGNA, University of Georgia, USA, pablo.lapegna@gmail.com | Ilan BIZBERG, El Colegio de México, Mexico, ilan@colmex.mx
Session in Spanish and English

Social movements from the global South are usually investigated by applying theories developed by and for the global North. But what happens when theories travel across diverse social contexts? Can theories and concepts developed in the global North fully capture the complexities of social movements and societies that have followed different historical trajectories? For instance, nationalism, “populism,” and socialism, or key institutions like the state or labor unions cannot be assumed to have universal importance and meaning. To what degree theories and practices from the global South inform social movements and studies developed in the global North? How do situated cultures and meaning-making practices require a re-elaboration of social movement theories and concepts?
We would welcome papers that establish a dialogue between theories and movements from the global South and the global North, with a special focus on Latin America. Papers may contribute to this collective enterprise in various ways, for instance, looking at (1) the social and organizational basis of activism and collective identities; (2) how different cultural and historical contexts require new ways of thinking about contentious repertoires, “frames” and the mobilization of resources; (3) the links between social movements, governments, and institutional politics (e.g. the relevance of “patronage politics” in Latin America); and (4) the convergences, influences, and tensions between the global North and global South (e.g. the influence of the Bolivian process of social change in the actions and ideas of Podemos in Spain).

Social Movements in the Arab World

Session Organizer(s): Maha ABDELRAHMAN, University of Cambridge, Egypt, mma49@cam.ac.uk

The approaching fifth anniversary of the Arab Uprisings which started in Tunisia and spread like wild fire across many countries of the region is a sober reminder of the challenges faced by social movements. The demand for ‘Bread, Freedom and Social Justice’ was able to mobilise millions of people who came out to the streets to protest against a political and economic order based on policies of dispossession and exclusion. This order has long sustained its hegemony through means of political repression and inflated security apparatuses at the national level. A wide range of movements created new types of activism and mobilisation strategies from workers to students to small farmers, slum residents, professionals, the unemployed and the retired. They crossed regional, gender, class and often ideological divides. The panel aims to explore the trajectories of these movements and how they have unfolded in the aftermath of their peak in 2011. It also hopes to locate them within a comparative perspective with social movements with similar features and histories across the world. We especially welcome papers that explore how these movements have evolved, disappeared, were coopted/ integrated into the political process or completely repressed after 2011. We also encourage papers which examine mainstream theoretical tools in studying social movements in light of the experience of these movements. Comparative research which examines social movements in the Arab region with similar movements in other parts of the world including countries of both the global North and South are also highly welcomed.

Social Movements, Sociology and Climate Change

Session Organizer(s): Jackie SMITH, Pittsburg University, USA, jgsmith@pitt.edu | Esin ILERI, École Hautes Études Sciences Sociales, France, esinileri@gmail.com

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has stated that we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to near zero by 2050 to avoid more devastating climate change scenarios than are already underway. As government negotiations continue to fail to generate meaningful action in this regard, social movements have been developing concrete projects to enact practices that move in the direction of a low-carbon society.
This panel welcomes contributions on two main axes. • Analyses and case studies about grassroots social movements who promote worldviews, behaviors and policies more compatible with the reality and constraints of the limited nature of the planet and about how these studies provide us with empirical data for grasping some features of the global age and its consequences on life, democracy and society. How do they imagine, implement and contribute to shape alternative futures, starting in daily life and personal experience or contesting actual policies.
Can our work as sociologists and with social movements help us find ways to achieve a seemingly impossible goal of radical social transformation? What lessons can be learned from these movements? What movements are or should be happening among academic professionals to both reduce our own carbon footprint while also helping advance the movements responding to the climate crisis?

Call for Papers: Where have all the classes gone? Collective action and social struggles in a global context, ICDD Workshop at the University of Kassel (Germany), 3-4 December 2015

The so-called new social movements (NSM) have emerged in Western countries from the 1960s and 1970s. The apparent novelty of their struggles was the rupture with class politics and labor movement struggles. Since then, a vast majority of analyses and theoretical contributions have moved away from class struggle analysis and labor-capital antagonisms. In order to make sense of diverse and novel forms of resistance, social movements theories focused on particular aspects such as the institutionalization of political opportunities, the formation of identities or the ways of bringing the protests into public debate. Despite the strength of these approaches in understanding different elements of collective action, the question concerning the role of class politics and the political economy in collective action still remains. Collective forms of resistance continue to be diverse and stem from different contexts. Their demands range from the right to housing to calls against modern violence and slavery, gender equality or access to land and environmental protection. In an increasingly globalizing world, social movements and resistance are formed even in virtual campaigns against global trade agreements that benefit corporations, urban-rural movements against rising poverty, and localized political movements challenging neoliberal policies in their countries. What do all these struggles have in common? How does the global political economy affect them, even those which are apparently not connected to economic issues? Is class still a valid category for understanding resistance? These are some of the questions that the workshop intends to address. The space for exchanging insights is offered to academic contributions from different disciplines and activists. Hence, we especially encourage junior scientists and activists as well to submit their abstracts in this context.

Topics of interest can include, albeit by no means limited to, studies that focus on:

  1. Actors: Studies focusing on protests and social movements emerging and revolving around class and non-class identities such as migrants, peasants, women, LGBTIH, and youth.
  2. Context or process-tracing: Research tracing processes or focusing on historical conjunctures from which collective action and struggles surface, i.e., neoliberal expansion in the Global South.
  3. Aims and issue-based demands: Studies that examine political, economic or social issues and problems highlighting the demands from which the protests and discontent arises such as right to city spaces, housing, water struggles, free education, and health and rural movements arising against land-grabbing.
  4. Types of conflict: Studies could also explore the features and characters of conflicts whether long term, emerging or recent popular uprisings varying from Brazil, Hong Kong, China, Turkey or Ukraine.

Applications are to be sent to 2015workshop(at)icdd.uni-kassel.de with an abstract of not more than 300 words by August 30, 2015 at the latest. The successful participants will be notified by September 30, 2015. The submission of full papers is requested by November 15, 2015.

The workshop, organized by the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD), will take place at the University of Kassel, Germany.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Cenk Saracoglu (University of Ankara), Emma Dowling (Middlesex University)

Contact: 2015workshop(at)icdd.uni-kassel.de

Organizing Committee: Jorge Forero, Aishah Namukasa, Halyna Semenyshyn

Program Committee: Joaquin Bernaldez, Oksana Balashova,  Alexander Gallas, Ismail Doga Karatepe, Verna Dinah Viajar

Im Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali der Scuola Normale Superiore sind zwei Professuren zu besetzen. Das Institut, an das Donatella della Porta und das Centre on Social Movement Studies umgezogen sind, ist einer der zentralen Orte der europäischen Bewegungsforschung.

Hier ist die Ausschreibung im Original:

Professorship in Sociology at Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy

The Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) invites expressions of interest from qualified scholars in the field of Sociology, in view of the possible opening of positions in its Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali at the full professor level.
In particular we seek candidates with the following backgrounds:

  1. Methodology of the social sciences, with a strong and pluralist profile in qualitative and quantitative methods, Qualitative Comparative Analysis as well as multimethods research designs, or
  2. Economic sociology, with particular attention to political economy within cross-national comparative analysis as well as attention to the international dynamics

SNS looks for candidates with a proven record of achievements, a clear potential to promote and lead research activities and a specific interest in teaching at the graduate level to a small set of particularly skilled students. English is the working language.

As a result of this enquiry, SNS will decide whether or not to fill a position, on the contract to offer or procedure to activate.

Expressions of interest, addressed to:
Prof. Mario Citroni
Preside dell’Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali
Scuola Normale Superiore
Palazzo Strozzi
Piazza degli Strozzi
50123 Firenze
Italy
can be sent by email to the address classi(at)sns.it, writing EOI/SOC in the subject field.

Deadline for the receipt of applications: August 15th, 2015.

Applications (in Italian or English) should include a CV, a description of current research interests and all relevant information about the applicant. Working knowledge of Italian is appreciated but not required. red.

Vom 21. bis 25. September findet der DVPW-Kongress “Vorsicht Sicherheit! Legitimationsprobleme der Ordnung von Freiheit” an der Universität Duisburg-Essen statt (das Gesamtprogramm als pdf-Datei). Der Arbeitskreis soziale Bewegungen hat insgesamt vier Panels organisiert, die am Donnerstag (24.) und Freitag (25.) stattfinden werden. Hier ist das Programm im Einzelnen:

Universität Duisburg-Essen, Lotharstr. 65, Duisburg, Gebäude LB, Raum 104

24. September, 14-15.30 Uhr

Lokale Protestbewegungen und internationale Politik. Destabilisierung oder Demokratisierung?
Gemeinsames Panel der Arbeitskreise soziale Bewegungen und Soziologie der internationalen Beziehungen

Chairs: Dr. Matthias Ecker-Ehrhardt (FU Berlin) und Dr. Simon Teune (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung und TU Berlin), Discussant: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sabrina Zajak (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Nina-Kathrin Wienkoop (Leuphana-Universität Lüneburg): Impact of socioeconomic protests on democratization – A scale-centered comparative research agenda

Dr. Andrea Schapper (TU Darmstadt): Lokale Forderungen in internationalen Verhandlungen: Prozedurale Rechte in der Klimapolitik

Jun.-Prof. Carola Richter und Almut Woller (FU Berlin): „Terroristen“ und „Aufwiegler“? Internationale Dimensionen von Protest in Ägypten nach Mubarak

Dr. Nadine Godehardt (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik): Chinas Angst vor dem Ausnahmezustand: Wie lokale Protestbewegungen die Politik der chinesischen Führung beeinflussen

Alle folgenden: Universität Duisburg-Essen, Lotharstr. 65, Duisburg, Gebäude LA, Raum 034/Aula

24. September, 16-17.30 Uhr,

Zwischen Hetze und Hilfe. Politische Mobilisierung in der Flüchtlingspolitik

Chairs: Dr. Priska Daphi (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt) und Dr. Simon Teune (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung und TU Berlin)

Prof. Dr. Sieglinde Rosenberger (Universität Wien): Elitengesteuerte Proteste gegen die Aufnahme von Asylsuchenden

Maren Kirchhoff und Prof. Dr. Helen Schwenken (Universität Osnabrück): Wer protestiert in Deutschland gegen Abschiebungen?

Annika Vajen (FU Berlin): Normbrüche als Sicherheitsproblem. Auszüge des Diskurses von Berliner Tageszeitungen zum Protest-Camp am Kreuzberger Oranienplatz

Dr. Andrea Plöger (Berlin): Die Proteste der Refugees (tabled paper)

24. September, 17.40-18.45 Uhr
Mitgliederversammlung des Arbeitskreises soziale Bewegungen

25. September, 9-10.30 Uhr
Bitte verhalten Sie sich ruhig. Die Praxis der Kritik und die Politik der Sicherheit

Chairs: Ingmar Hagemann (Universität Duisburg-Essen), Dr. Matthias Lemke (Helmut-Schmidt-Universität Hamburg) und Henrik Schillinger (Universität Duisburg-Essen)

Stefan Artmann und Stefan Steiger (beide Universität Heidelberg): Die Snowden-Enthüllungen und ihre Folgen: Eine rollentheoretische Analyse.

Dr. Dr. Peter Ullrich (TU Berlin): Die neosoziale Regierung des Protests: Präventionismus, Aktivierung und das Ende der Kritik.

Sascha Röder (FU Berlin): Politiken der Prävention. Zum Verhältnis von Kritik und Sicherheit.

25. September, 11-12.30 Uhr
Protest und Polizei in der Überwachungsgesellschaft

Chairs: Dr. Dr. Peter Ullrich (TU Berlin) und Dr. Judith Vey (TU Berlin)

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Aden (Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin): Ermöglichen oder kontrollieren? Wechselwirkungen zwischen Versammlungsrecht und Protestpraxis.

Marco Krüger und Katrin Geske (beide Universität Tübingen): Neues aus dem “Überwachungslabor” – Über Tracking-Verfahren bei polizeilichen Fußballeinsätzen.

Eric Makswitat (Universität Potsdam): Big Data als Risiko für den digitalen Ungehorsam.

Daniel Guagnin und Niklas Creemers (beide TU Berlin): Sammeln, Speichern, Analysieren in Polizeidatenbanken: Protest zwischen Aktivismus und “politisch motivierter Kriminalität”.

Call for Papers: Wissenschaftliche Praxis und (öko-)politischer Aktivismus. Neue Perspektiven für die Umweltsoziologie, 12. Tagung der Nachwuchsgruppe Umweltsoziologie (NGU), 22./23.10.2015 an der Zeppelin Universität Friedrichshafen

Wie das Verhältnis von Wissenschaft und Sozialen Bewegungen zu denken sei, diese Frage hat innerhalb der Soziologie immer wieder zu kontroversen Debatten geführt. Insbesondere im Kontext von ökologischen Krisendiskursen und Kontroversen werden aktuell die Differenzen, Überlagerungen und Wechselwirkungen zwischen den beiden Sphären sichtbar und neu verhandelt. Für die Umweltsoziologie, so meinen wir, Gelegenheit und Herausforderung zur kritischen Analyse, Reflexion und Positionierung.

Das Spannungsfeld von wissenschaftlicher Praxis und (öko-)politischem Aktivismus hat sich historisch wie aktuell immer wieder gewandelt und unterschiedliche Konstellationen hervorgebracht. In Deutschland konnten sich beispielsweise Teile der Antiatomkraftbewegung innerhalb des wissenschaftlichen Systems institutionalisieren, um von dort (natur-) wissenschaftliche Gegenexpertise zum dominanten Modus der Nuklearforschung zu artikulieren. Ein jüngeres Beispiel aus Deutschland war der Degrowth-Kongress in Leipzig. Über 3000 Personen aus Politik, Zivilgesellschaft, Umweltbewegung und eben auch der Wissenschaft waren hier zusammengekommen, um sich über die ökologischen und sozialen Grenzen heutiger Wachstumsökonomien auszutauschen und politische Strategien für die Überwindung des Wachstumsparadigmas zu entwickeln. Auch auf der globalen Ebene werden neue Konstellationen sichtbar. So haben sich die UN-Klimakonferenzen mittlerweile als Kristallisationspunkt für eine im Entstehen begriffene Klimabewegung etabliert, die neue Perspektiven in den Klimadiskurs einspielt und damit auch das wissenschaftliche „Framing“ des Klimawandels mit verhandelt.

Viele Wissenschaftsfelder weisen nicht nur thematisch eine besondere Nähe zur Umweltbewegung auf, sondern vertreten auch explizit politische, normative oder kritische Ansprüche. Überschneidungen zwischen beiden Sphären lassen sich beispielsweise im Bereich der „Nachhaltigkeitsforschung“, der „Human-Animal Studies“ oder der „Environmental Justice Studies“ erkennen. Aber auch bestimmte Theorieangebote (z.B. Ökofeminismus, Gaia- Hypothese oder Politische Ökologie) weisen eine enge Verbindung zur Umweltbewegung auf, sind teilweise aus ihr entstanden oder haben diese beeinflusst. Auch innerhalb ökologischer Bewegungen selbst spielt Wissenschaft eine wichtige Rolle. Zum einen ist aus der Umweltbewegung heraus immer wieder neues Wissen entstanden und es sind Innovationen angestoßen worden (z.B. Windenergie, Nachhaltiger Konsum). Zum anderen nutzen Umweltbewegungen wissenschaftliches Wissen für kritische Interventionen in kontroversen Themenfeldern, wie beispielsweise Gentechnik, Biodiversität oder Klimagerechtigkeit. Oft wird zu diesem Zweck auch selbst Expertise produziert und in den öffentlichen Diskurs getragen.

Auf der 12. Tagung der Nachwuchsgruppe Umweltsoziologie möchten wir die vielfältigen Dynamiken und Interaktionen im Spannungsfeld von wissenschaftlicher Praxis und (öko-)politischem Aktivismus in den Blick nehmen. Die Beiträge können sich dabei zum einen mit den Impulsen auseinandersetzen, die durch ökologische Bewegungen in die Sphäre der Wissenschaft getragen werden. Zum anderen können sich die Beiträge mit der Rolle von Wissenschaft innerhalb (öko-)politischer Bewegungen befassen. Für beide Perspektiven sollen insbesondere die Schnittstellen im Fokus stehen, an denen das Selbstverständnis beider Sphären verhandelt wird und sich inhaltliche, epistemologische und methodologische Ausrichtungen verändern.

Mögliche Fragestellungen lauten:

  • Wo verortet sich die Umweltsoziologie im Spannungsfeld von Wissenschaft und (öko-)politischem Aktivismus? Welche methodologischen und theoretischen Angebote aus dem Bereich der Umweltsoziologie eignen sich für die Untersuchung dieses Spannungsfeldes?
  • Welche Rolle spielen (öko-)politische Bewegungen für die Setzung neuer Forschungsthemen sowie für methodologische und theoretische Innovationen innerhalb der Wissenschaften?
  • Wo und nach welchen Maßstäben werden die Grenzen zwischen Wissenschaft und (öko-)politischem Aktivismus konstruiert? Wo werden sie brüchig und neu verhandelt? Welche Rolle spielen dabei Objektivität, Legitimität und Normativität von wissenschaftlichem Wissen?
  • Welche Herausforderungen ergeben sich durch neue Kooperationsformen, in denen mit hybriden Praktiken experimentiert wird z.B. durch neue Forschungsansätze, wie „Militant Research“, „Transdisziplinäre Nachhaltigkeitsforschung“ oder „Citizen Science“?
  • Was sind die Identitäten, Handlungsmöglichkeiten und Grenzen von Forschenden, die sich ausdrücklich auch als Aktivist_innen und somit ihre Wissenschaft als politische Praxis verstehen?
  • Inwieweit und auf welche Weise bedienen sich Umweltbewegungen wissenschaftlicher Erkenntnisse, um ihre politischen Ambitionen zur Sprache zu bringen? Gibt es bestimmte Formen wissenschaftlichen Wissen, die für einen solchen Anwendungsbezug eine besondere Eignung aufweisen?
  • Auf welche Weise lassen sich bestimmte Praktiken innerhalb von Umweltbewegungen auch selbst als eine Form der (wissenschaftlichen) Wissensproduktion begreifen? Welche Rolle spielen „nichtakademische“ Wissensproduzent_innen für die Entwicklung und Diffusion von Innovationen?

Die Tagung findet am 22./23.10.2015 an der Zeppelin Universität in Friedrichshafen statt. Nachwuchswissenschaftler_innen vom BA bis zum Post-Doc ebenso wie politisch Aktive möchten wir herzlich einladen, einen Beitrag für einen Vortrag einzureichen. Da wir in diesem Jahr den Methoden wissenschaftlicher Praxis und (öko-)politischem Aktivismus einen eigenen Raum geben wollen, gibt es für Euch außerdem die Möglichkeit Ideen für Workshops einzureichen, die sich mit Methoden der Forschung, Methoden des (öko-)politischen Aktivismus oder beidem zugleich beschäftigen können. Abstracts (300-500 Wörter) für Vorträge und Workshop-Ideen können bis zum 31.07.2015 per Mail geschickt werden an mirko.suhari(at)zu.de. Weitere Informationen auf der Webseite der NGU.

Organisations Team:
Sarah Glück, Thomas Pfister, Martin Schweighofer, Mirko Suhari (EnergyCultures Nachwuchsgruppe, ZU), Livia Boscardin (Universität Basel)

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