Calls for Papers: ecpr General Conference, Glasgow, 3-6 September 2014

Section
Citizens’ Resilience in Times of Crisis. Section chair: Marco Giugni (University of Geneva), Section co-chair: Maria Grasso (University of Sheffield)

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.

Panels

  • Changing interactions between publics and policies in times of crises. Panel chair: Manlio Cinalli (Sciences Po Paris)
  • Political responsiveness in times of crisis. Panel chair: Katrin Uba (Uppsala University), discussant: Laura Morales (University of Leicester)
  • Political violence in times of economic crisis. Panel chairs: Lorenzo Bosi (European University Institute) and Lorenzo Zamponi (European University Institute)
  • Economic crises and social citizenship. Panel chair: Maria Theiss (University of Warsaw)
  • Economic crises and the rise of populism. Panel chair: Jordi Muñoz (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
  • Citizens’ political responses to economic crises: Grievances or opportunities? Panel chair: Maria Grasso (University of Sheffield)
  • Resource-poor people in times of crisis. Panel chair: Christian Lahusen (University of Siegen)
  • Alternative forms of resilience in times of crisis. Panel chair: Maria Kousis (University of Crete)

See abstracts for all panels in the joint call for papers.

Panel
Social Movements and Memories. Chair: Priska Daphi (Humboldt University Berlin), discussant: Lorenzo Zamponi (European University Institute)

Though large protests often surprise observers, they hardly start from scratch. Mostly, they are rooted in previous mobilisations with respect to their diagnostic framing, forms of organisation, and repertoires. Memories of previous mobilisations crucially influence which activities are considered helpful or successful and which are not. Hence, analysing memories allows crucial insights into social movement dynamics and continuity. Memories are, at the same time, outcomes of mobilisation and significant factors in shaping further mobilisation. In the last few years, the interest in collective memory has been constantly growing among scholars of contentious politics. In this context, memory studies and in particular the sociology of memory based on the seminal work of Maurice Halbwachs, have become fundamental tools in advancing our understanding of social movements. These approaches provide useful insights into the symbolic construction of the reality in which collective action takes place. On the other hand, contentious politics approaches inform the growing number of studies on the conflictual dynamics of memory. This panel aims to discuss the role of memories in social movements. How does the past and its public representation influence mobilisation? How do social movements participate in the construction of public memory? How and why do some specific events from the past become fundamental symbols for social and political contention, while others do not? How does diffusion of practices, symbols, and repertoires of mobilisation work over time?

We welcome submissions coming from different disciplinary fields, in the attempt to bring together the scholarships on social movements and memory studies. Each abstract will be evaluated for: quality and clarity of the research question; methodological precision of the comparative approach; theoretical originality of the contribution and discussion of available knowledge; relevance and pertinence to the panel’s theme.

Please send paper abstracts (max. 250 words) by 26 January 2014 to: p.daphi(at)hu-berlin.de or lorenzo.zamponi(at)eui.eu.

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