Call for Papers: Social Movements Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2-4 April 2012

From 1995 to 2011, 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 Seventeenth AF&PP Conference will be held, between Monday 2nd April and Wednesday 4th April 2012. 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, Dept. of Sociology, or Mike Tyldesley, Dept. of Politics and Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University, Geoffrey Manton Building, Rosamond Street West, Manchester M15 6LL, England. Email: c.barker(at) | m.tyldesley(at)

Final date for receipt of abstracts: Monday 27th February 2012

Final date for receipt of actual papers: Monday 12th March 2012