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Call for Papers: ECPR Joint Sessions Workshop „Integration or Cooptation? Dynamic Interactions Between Social Movements and Institutions“, Nottingham 25-30 April 2017, Workshop Directors: Nicole Deitelhoff (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt) & Katrin Uba (Uppsala Universitet)

Citizens’ political activism via social movements or advocacy organisations often involve in conflicts with power holders. The ways in which these groups interact with established institutions are manifold – from cooperation to demonstrations and civil disobedience, or from repression and cooptation to acceptance and responsiveness. This workshop addresses the dynamic interactions between social movements and institutions with a focus on strategies of and against cooptation. While cooptation is a prominent strategy of institutions to cope with critique and much has been written about cooptation in the research on authoritarian regimes or social movements, we still know little about its dynamics or implications. The workshop focuses on movement-institution interactions and their consequences for movements’ strategies and aims as well as institutions’ political decisions. The goal is to clarify what cooptation entails and in how far it may, in fact, allow for a (symbolic) integration of movements’ claims in established institutions? We invite papers that look at social movement cooptation from both the institutional and from the social movement perspective. We especially encourage empirical studies that apply a relational perspective on movements and institutions in one country, at transnational level, or in comparative perspective and that utilize qualitative, as well as quantitative methodological approaches. Welcome are papers addressing one or more of the following questions. Concerning social movements: What effects does cooptation strategies have on social movements? To what extent do they change their goals and/or organizational forms? Why do social movements get coopted? Do they reflect on the danger of cooptation? With regards to institutions core questions are: (How) do these try to coopt social movements? With what mechanisms is approximation reached? What are the effects on the institutions?

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

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.


  • 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.

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) or lorenzo.zamponi(at)

The general conference of the European Consortium for Political Research will be held in Bordeaux from 4 to 7 September. As always, the program is intimidating and hard to overlook. Here are the sessions, which appear to be of central relevance for social movement scholars, organized by time slot. Links refer to the papers on the panels, many papers are available for download on the ecpr website.

Thursday, 5 September

S09 P122 Extreme Right Mobilisation in Western Democracies and the Middle East in the Era of Globalisation and Economic Crisis, organized by Manuela Caiani (Institute for Advanced Studies) and Rossella Borri (Universit Degli Studi di Siena)

S42 P148 How Violence Ends: „Macro“, „Meso“ and „Micro“ Analysis of Insurgents, Terrorists, and the Way Out of Conflict, organized by Francesco N. Moro (Universitá Degli Studi di Firenze) and Manuela Caiani (Institute for Advanced Studies)

S09 P080 Democracy of the Squares. Visions and Practices of Democracy from Egypt to the United States, organized by Donatella della Porta (European University Institute) and Simon Teune (Technische Universität Berlin)

S42 P214 Negotiating Political Violence, organized by Niall O Dochartaigh (National University of Ireland Galway)

S09 P048 Collective Identities in the New Cycle of Contention, organized by Pierre Monforte (University of Leicester) and Marcos Ancelovici (McGill University)

S39 P040 Networks of Violent and Radical (collective) Action, organized by David Knoke (University of Minnesota)

S42 P219 New Methodological Approaches to Local Context and Violence, organized by Adrienne Lebas (American University)

S43 P064 Construction and Modes of Expression of Differences in Collective Action, organized by Nathalie Fuchs (Foundation Nationale Des Sciences Politiques) and Audrey Celestine

S44 P260 Politicising Aesthetics, Resisting Politics, organized by Tarja Väyrynen (University of Tampere)

S09 P223 Obstacles of Citizenship, organized by Michele Micheletti (Stockholm University)

S23 P224 Offline and Online Political Participation: Comparing Forms and Logics, organized by Thierry Vedel (Foundation Nationale Des Sciences Politiques) and Stéphanie Wojcik

S42 P259 Political Violence and the Politics of Place, organized by Mattias Wahlström (Göteborgs Universitet)

Friday, 6 September

S09 P290 Resisting the Markets. Economic Actors and Issues in Global Uprisings from the Middle-East to North-America, organized by Philip Balsiger (European University Institute) and Alice Mattoni (University of Pittsburgh)

S40 P120 Expressing Extreme Political Attitudes: Fanaticism, Radicalism, Extremism, organized by Dunya Van Troost (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

S42 P276 Radicalisation in Time and Space, organized by Daniela Pisoiu (Hamburg Universität)

S09 P314 The Consequences of the New Wave of Mobilisation, organized by Marco Giugni (University of Geneva) and Katrin Uba (Uppsala Universitet)

S24 P221 Non-State Justice Entrepreneurs in Conflict and Conflict Resolution, organized by Klaus Dieter Wolf (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt)

S26 P299 Social Movements and Civil Society, organized by Esra Akgemci (Ankara University)

S42 P306 Temporality in the Study of Political Violence, organized by Lorenzo Bosi and Donagh Davis (both European University Institute)

S07 P037 Citizenship – Diversity, Participation and Learning, organized by Niels Kristensen (Aalborg Universitet)

S09 P337 The Heterogeneity of Diffusion Processes in Contemporary Social Movements, organized by Eduardo Romanos (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and Lorenzo Mosca (European University Institute)

S42 P387 Times of (Counter-)Terrorism: Remembering, Knowing and Practicing Political Violence, organized by Charlotte Heath Kelly (University of Warwick) and Lee Jarvis (Swansea University)

S19 P300 Social Movements and Deliberative Democracy: Is there a Countervailing Power in Europe?, organized by Carsten Herzberg (Universität Potsdam) and Yves Sintomer (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Saturday, 7 September

S23 P338 The Impact of Digital Technology on Contemporary Repertoires of Contention, organized by François Briatte (Université de Grenoble) and Yana Breindl (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

S31 P039 Clandestine Political Violence, organized by Lorenzo Bosi (European University Institute)

S31 P067 Contested World Orders II: Agents of Contestation in Global Governance, organized by Matthew Stephen and Michael Zürn (both Wissenschaftzentrum Für Sozialforschung (WZB) Berlin)

S39 P298 Social Movements, organized by Mario Diani (Universita Degli Studi di Trento)

S20 P418 Women’s Political Activism in Right Wing and Fundamentalist Organisations, organized by Eileen Connolly (Dublin City University)

S23 P420 Young Citizens’ Socially Mediated Voice in a Cold Economic Climate: Revising Equality and Online Participation, organized by Brian Loader (University of York)

Call for papers: 7th ECPR General Conference, Section Comparative Perspectives on the New Politics of Dissent, Bordeaux, 4-7 September 2013

Section Chair: Alice Mattoni (University of Pittsburgh)
Section Co-Chairs: Eduardo Romanos (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Donatella della Porta (European University Institute)

Section Abstract:
In the past years a new wave of contention developed across the world. Politics of dissent spread in widely separate regions with citizens mobilizing around different, but interrelated, issues: from anti-austerity measures, including a strong criticism on multinational corporations and increased inequalities, to pro-democracy struggles, including protests against authoritarian regimes and demands for “real democracy now”. Although rooted in different contexts, mobilizations belonging to this wave of contention had some traits in common that deserve further investigation.

Overall, this section seeks to understand the distinctive characteristics of current and recent mobilizations, also in comparison to previous waves of contention that developed locally, nationally and transnationally. In doing this, the section pays particular attention to some aspects that seem fundamental to understand how social change is developing in a moment of deep economic crisis and political mistrust. These aspects are: the use of internet platforms and tools in the organization of protest; the development of democratic visions and practices in the making of protest; collective identities and discourses in the formation of political subjectivities; the outcomes and consequences of protest after stages of mobilization; and the processes of local, national and transnational diffusion in the recent wave of contention. Beyond these themes, the section considers the role of some crucial actors in recent mobilizations: migrants; extreme-right groups; and traditional economic actors, like trade unions and workers movements.

The section includes eight panels:

  • Resisting the markets: Economic actors and issues in global uprisings from the Middle-East to North-America
  • The Social Mediation of Popular Protest: Facebook and Twitter in Pro-democracy and Anti-austerity Mobilizations
  • The Consequences of the New Wave of Mobilization
  • Extreme Right Mobilization in Western Democracies and Middle East in the Era of Globalization and Economic Crisis
  • The Heterogeneity of Diffusion Processes in Contemporary Social Movements
  • Democracy of the Squares: Visions and Practices of Democracy from Egypt to the United States
  • Collective Identities in the New Cycle of Contention
  • Obstacles of Citizenship

You will find further details of these panels in the academic programme of the conference.

The online submission system is now available. You will find it in here. Log in to My ECPR to submit your proposal. You do not need to be from an ECPR member institution to create a MyECPR account and submit a paper. Proposal should include title of the proposed paper, abstract of paper (up to 300 words), author’s name and affiliation. The deadline for proposals is 1 February 2013.

Click here to download the guidelines and deadlines for paper givers.

The next ecpr general conference will be held in Reykjavik, 25-27 August 2011. The deadline for the submission of a paper abstract is 1 February 2011. During the last days, many CfPs for individual panels have been circulated on email-lists. Since panels that are interesting to scholars of protest and social movements are dispersed over several sections, here is an attempt to provide an overview:

Section 65: Contentious politics in times of crisis. Section Chairs: Alice Mattoni and Donatella della Porta


A New Rising Star? Political Consumerism and New Sustainable Community Movements in a Comparative Perspective. Panel Chairs: Francesca Forno und Paolo R. Graziano, Discussant: Donatella della Porta

Civil society, international aid, and the state: is there a pattern in democratic transformations? Panel Chairs: Abel Polese und Kateryna Pishchikova, Discussant: Donnacha O’Beachain

Climate Justice and the Scale of Contentious Politics Panel Chairs: Paul Routledge und Alex Plows

Contentious Politics in Undemocratic Settings Panel Chair: Eduardo Romanos, Discussant: Lorenzo Bosi

Crises and the outcomes of contentious politics Panel Chairs: Katrin Uba and Marco Giugni, Discussant: Katrin Uba

New W(h)ines in New Bottles? Voicing Protest in the Digital Age Panel Chairs: Paul Nixon and Rajash Rawal

Rioting and Insurrectionary Collective Action in Comparative Perspective: Conceptual and Theoretical Concerns Panel Chairs: Seraphim Seferiades and Loukia Kotronaki, Discussant: Donatella della Porta

Workers movements in time of transformations and crisis Panel Chairs: Alice Mattoni and Annika Zorn

Panels in other Sections:

Associations under Authoritarian Rule – Supporters of Authoritarian Regimes? Panel Chairs: Jörg Wischermann and Nuno Vidal, Discussant: Jamal Amaney (in Section 36: Authoritarian regimes in comparative perspective: Theoretical and empirical issues)

Deliberation and Difference Panel Chair: Nicole Dörr (in Section 74: Democratic Innovations)

Cooperation, Competition or Conflict: Interactions between Environmental Social Movements and Political Parties Panel Chairs: Aron Buzogany and Ondrej Cisar (in Section 92: Green Politics)

Violence and Social Movements Panel Chairs: Laurence Cox and Michael Drake (in Section 47: InterdisciplinaryPerspectives on Violence and Politics)

Digital Media and Collective Action after Mass Society Panel Chairs: Lance Bennett and Alexandra Segerberg, Discussant: Andrew Chadwick (in Section 83: Internet and Politics: Bridging Current Research and Outlining Future Directions)

Digital media and participatory democracy: Bridging the Political Gap? Panel Chairs: Yanina Welp and Clelia Colombo (in Section 83: Internet and Politics: Bridging Current Research and Outlining Future Directions)

Digital politics: Collective action born in and from the Internet Panel Chairs: Sigrid Baringhorst and Johanna Niesyto (in Section 83: Internet and Politics: Bridging Current Research and Outlining Future Directions)

Civil Societies and Social Contention: East-Central Europe in a European Perspective Panel Chairs: Laszlo Bruszt and Bela Greskovits, Discussant: Donatella della Porta (in Section 61: Organized Civil Society in Europe)

Frame Building and/ or Framing Effects Panel Chairs: Regula Hänggli and Rens Vliegenthart (in Section 5: Political Communication)

Popular Culture and the Communication of Politics Panel Chairs: Sanna Inthorn and Michele Micheletti, Discussant: Liesbet van Zoonen (in Section 5: Political Communication)

Extreme Political attitudes: fanaticism, radicalism Panel Chair: Henk Dekker (in Section 103: Political Psychology in Europe: Public Opinion, Political Preferences, Identity and Conflict)

Artful practices of resistance Panel Chair: Tarja Väyrynen (in Section 20: Politics and Arts in a Time of Crisis and Anxiety)

Exiting Political Violence Panel Chairs: Lorenzo Bosi and Niall Ó Dochartaigh (in Section 38: Social Roots of Political Processes)

Intergenerational Continuities in Political Participation: Do Activists’ Children become Activists? Panel Chairs: Julie Pagis and Laura Stoker (in Section 38: Social Roots of Political Processes)

Third sector’s ambiguous role in welfare state politics of retrenchment Panel Chairs: Veronica Federico and Deborah Russo, Discussant: Taco Brandsen (in Section 99: The Politics of Retrenchment and welfare state policy – revisiting theory, evaluating evidence)

The role of civil society for the inclusion of young unemployed and precarious youth Panel Chair: Simone Baglioni, Discussant: Didier Chabanet (in Section 91: Youth, Unemployment, and Exclusion in Europe)

Additional section of interest:

Section 45: The Civic Culture revisited: Challenges, changes and innovations in studies of participation and trust

Panel: „Digital politics: Collective action born in and from the Internet“ – Section Internet & Politics – ECPR General Conference in Reykjavik in 2011

Deadline first round of call for papers abstracts: 30st August 2010

Send papers proposal to: mayo.fuster(at)

Panel abstract: So far, political science research has focused on the use of the Internet by collective political actors that had their main operational base in the offline realm. First studies on the Internet and politics mainly concentrated mostly on well-established and traditional actors such public administration and political parties. Then the cope of research widened to include interest groups, NGOs and social movements looking at the impact of the Internet and the type of Internet use carried out by those groups. In particular, given the growing importance of political campaigns and other forms of collective action that are launched and carried out by networks of political actors, that mainly, if not completely operate and mobilize for their issues online, the debate on the Internet and politics could benefit further from considering actors who mainly operation with an online base. Interestingly, the emergence of collective action in online environments apparently follows new forms of „networked“ forms of action and collaboration that are said to be different from political actors with a mainly offline base. The panel „Digital politics“ aims to iniciate a discussion on the main organizational and democratic logic of the collective action born in and from the Internet addressing questions such as: What are the main characteristics of participation in online base collective action? How are boundaries drawn between the individual and the collective in such forms? How can we deal with the dialectics of individualization on one hand and the effects of de-personalization on the other hand that are inscribed in online spaces? How is the online space governed and how does its architecture structure online interaction? Finally, which methods are best suited to analyze the practices and dynamics of collective action online adequately?

Co-chairs: Mayo Fuster Morell (European University Institute) and Johanna Niesyto (University of Siegen)

Discussant: Sigrid Baringhorst (University of Siegen)

Call for Panel Proposals: 6th ECPR General Conference, University of Iceland, 25 – 27 August 2011

The Standing Group “Forms of Participation” is supporting the organization of a section to be held at the next ECPR general conference. This is a first informal call for panel proposals to be included in a section that will focus on “Contentious politics in time of crisis” (please see below for the provisional section outline).

Panel proposals should be sent to alice.mattoni[at] no later than Monday, 5 April 2010 and should include 1) title 2) chair and co-chair and 3) panel abstract (about 200 words). Please note that later submissions will not be taken into consideration.

The section will have a maximum of 8 panels that will be selected amongst all the panel proposals received. Selection criteria are: 1) panel proposal consistency with the general theme of the section; 2) relevance and novelty of the panel proposal topic; 3) university balance (meaning that the section will not have more than one panel organized by members belonging to the same university); 4) gender balance (meaning that we will try to have a section with an equal number of women and men acting as chair and co-chairs). Please consider that the selected panels will be part of a section proposal which needs to be approved by the ECPR. Therefore, when proposing a panel, be aware that sections may be rejected or approved with a reduced number of panels.

Title of Section: Contentious politics in times of crisis

Section Chairs: Donatella della Porta and Alice Mattoni, European University Institute

Abstract: In the past decades European societies experienced several moments of crisis, emergency and transition at the local, national and transnational level. Examples are the current international economic crisis, the climate change emergency, and the transition towards the European Union of new member countries. Although they differ in many respects, all these moment implies shifts at both the material and immaterial level, fostering the emergence of new arena(s) of contestation. The section asks what happens to contentious politics in time of crisis, emergency and transitions. Empirically, it is important analyze such moments looking at discourses and practices of both conventional and unconventional political actors (their protests and proposals, their concerns and solutions) in order to understand how social movements and new forms of political participation challenges existing forms of democracy. Theoretically, it is also important to grasp if scholars interested in political participation and protest movements should rethink their analytical tools in order to analyze contentious politics, political participation and protest activities in times of crisis. For these reasons papers are welcomed which address three main issues: (1) conceptual and theoretical thinking about contentious politics in times of crisis, including refining existing definitions and typologies; (2) methodological reflections about how to deal with the subject matter and how to avoid the obstacles that have hindered previous research, from both a quantitative and qualitative perspective; (3) empirical analysis of contentious politics in time of crisis in different social, cultural, and political settings, in particular comparative studies encompassing different movements and/or countries. We are interested specifically in cross-national empirical analyses that investigate the nexus between internal and external explanatory factors.

Keywords: Crisis, contentious politics, political participation

An indication of how many panels it will have: A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8

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