From 1995 to 2010, Manchester Metropolitan University hosted a series of very successful annual international conferences on ‚ALTERNATIVE FUTURES and POPULAR PROTEST‘.

We’re very happy to announce that the Sixteenth AF&PP Conference will be held, between Monday 18th April and Wednesday 20th April 2011.

The Conference rubric remains as in previous years. The aim is to explore the dynamics of popular movements, along with the ideas which animate their activists and supporters and which contribute to shaping their fate.

Reflecting the inherent cross-disciplinary nature of the issues, previous participants (from over 60 countries) have come from such specialisms as sociology, politics, cultural studies, social psychology, economics, history and geography. The Manchester conferences have also been notable for discovering a fruitful and friendly meeting ground between activism and academia.


We invite offers of papers relevant to the conference themes. Papers should address such matters as:

  • contemporary and historical social movements and popular protests
  • social movement theory
  • utopias and experiments
  • ideologies of collective action, etc.

To offer a paper, please contact either of the conference convenors with a brief abstract: EITHER Colin Barker (c.barker(at), Dept. of Sociology OR Mike Tyldesley (m.tyldesley(at), Dept. of Politics and Philosophy Manchester Metropolitan University, Geoffrey Manton Building, Rosamond Street West, Manchester M15 6LL, England. (Wherever possible, please use email, especially as Colin Barker is a retired gent. Surface mail and faxes should only be addressed to Mike Tyldesley)


Those giving papers are asked to supply them in advance, for inclusion on a CD of the complete papers which will be available from the conference opening.

Final date for receipt of abstracts: Monday 14th March 2011

Final date for receipt of actual papers: Monday 28th March 2011


The conference will run from lunch-time Monday 18th April until after lunch on Wednesday 20th April.

Cost, inclusive of three lunches, teas/coffees and copies of the Proceedings on CD, will be £135 (students and unwaged £80).