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A Closely Coupled Tango? Interactions between Electoral and Protest Politics, Workshop at the ECPR Joint Sessions, Nottingham, 25-30 April 2017, organizers: Ondrej Cisar (Charles University in Prague) & Swen Hutter (European University Institute)

The proposed workshop focuses on one of the most debated theoretical and empirical problems of social movement and collective action research. Social movement studies have tended to declare social movements the defining feature of established post-1968 democracies and generally prioritized the protest arena of action. However, there have been important recent contributions pointing out the need to focus on the electoral arena, political parties, and their interactions with social movements and protest politics. In fact, this type of inter-arena interaction constitutes one of the most important challenges of social movement research. At present, their interaction remains undertheorized and understudied. Moreover, by focusing on these two particular arenas, the papers assembled in the workshop will be able to address more general issues related to interactions of social fields in modern societies. Also, it will hopefully stimulate conversations across various research areas by bringing together scholars working on social movements, political parties and their networks, as well as on political participation and representation more generally. Given that European societies are currently facing multiple challenges, such as the recent economic recession in some parts of the continent, the rise in political populism, and xenophobic mobilization against diverse representatives of the supposed European “other”, this type of research focused not only on protest, but also its electoral consequences is about to become even more important. This is currently reinforced by the European “migrant crisis” which holds a clear potential to politically reconfigure not only the European political arena, but also national politics in many member states. In this respect, the workshop focuses on a problem of high real-world relevance.

To learn more about the Workshop and to submit a paper proposal visit the ecpr website. Abstracts are to be submitted by 1 December 2016.

Call for Papers: International Dissidence. Rule and Resistance in a Globalized World, International Conference, Frankfurt, 2-4 March 2017

From Occupy Wall Street and radical jihadism to protests against UN peacekeeping, right-wing mobilization in Europe and India’s exit from the Non-Proliferation Treaty – resistance remains a ubiquitous but ambiguous aspect of global social and political life. It takes many courses, purposes and guises. In parallel, rule has been re-fashioned for both academic and political purposes. It is present in the power of the international banking system, ‘Western’ imperialism, the legitimation of violence, in a homogenizing globalism and asymmetrical global rules. But how can we make sense of the dynamic relationship between resistance and rule in today’s globalized world? How has resistance changed across time and social spaces? And how is it affected by or does it affect transnationalization?

Resistance challenges and sometimes produces or reproduces systems of rule. This constitutive relationship between rule and resistance, however, seldom attracts scholarly attention. This negligence is partly due to the fragmentation of academic discourses. Some scholars focus on specific types of resistance (e.g. populist movements, cyber activism, terrorist groups or the extreme right) or specific processes (e.g. radicalization, deradicalization, or transnationalization). Still others study the variety of forms and practices of rule in reaction to various forms of resistance. While such specialization has yielded deeper insights into the significance and operation of rule and resistance in particular instances, it has also occluded the bigger picture. Scholarly understanding of the relationship between resistance and systems of rule has suffered as a result. The conference will attend to this bigger picture.

We invite scholars from various disciplines, including sociology, history, political science, political theory, international relations, anthropology, and area studies, whose work contributes to one of the conference sections. Section 1 focuses on resistance to specific systems of rule, ranging from international norms, regulations and bureaucracies to rule by elites. Section 2 zooms into the dynamic interactions between authorities and resistance movements, including how international organizations cope with protest, reactions to digital dissidence, and various forms of international disciplining of protest within the state. Section 3 finally traces how resistance movements change from “opposition”, referring to resistance according to established rules, to “dissidence”, referring to revolutionary resistance availing itself of unconventional means (for a more detailed description of the sections and panels, click on http://dissidenz.net/konferenz-2017/).

The conference is part of the collaborative research project “International Dissidence” based at the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” at Goethe University Frankfurt (for more information, click on dissidenz.net/en).

To encourage in-depth discussion, presentations will span 20 minutes and will be held in plenary sessions.

Please send your abstract of no more than 300 words to conference(at)dissidenz.net by 1 June 2016. Please indicate your panel of interest. Travel and lodging expenses will be covered for those accepted.

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.

Bitte beachten Sie, dass Bewerbungsunterlagen nicht zurückgeschickt und nach Ablauf des Verfahrens vernichtet werden.

Die Ausschreibung als pdf-Datei

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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Swen Hutter: Protesting Culture and Economics in Western Europe. New Cleavages in Left and Right Politics. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 2014

Hutter 2014In this far-reaching work, Swen Hutter demonstrates the usefulness of studying both electoral politics and protest politics to better understand the impacts of globalization. Hutter integrates research on cleavage politics and populist parties in Western Europe with research on social movements. He shows how major new cleavages restructured protest politics over a thirty-year period, from the 1970s through the 1990s. This major study brings back the concept of cleavages to social movement studies and connects the field with contemporary research on populism, electoral behavior, and party politics. Protesting Culture and Economics in Western Europe makes productive empirical, methodological, and theoretical contributions to the study of social movements and comparative politics.

For more details see the MUP website. A discount flyer (30% off) can be found here.

Call for paper proposals for a workshop „Voters, protest and policies: Bridging public opinion, social movement outcomes and policy responsiveness research“, 16-17th June 2014, University of Leicester, UK, A research workshop sponsored by: The RESPONSIVEGOV project and The MOVEOUT network

Studies on governmental responsiveness have often taken two different angles: analyzing reactions to opinion polls or the general ‘public mood’ on the one hand, and to collective action, on the other. A large and increasing body of scholarship focuses on how much attention governments pay to opinion polls and to the public mood expressed through surveys. The traditional approach in political science has been to measure or approximate public opinion through the beliefs and preferences expressed in representative surveys. This method, however, does not account for the fact that public opinion, or at least a segment of it, is also expressed through other means. Collective action – from demonstrations and to street occupations – is another way for the public to voice their views, demands, and policy preferences. Studies of social movement outcomes, particularly the ones interested in the effect of mobilization on public policy take collective action seriously, but often neglect the role of public opinion.

This research workshop aims at starting to bridge the gaps between these different areas of research that have tended to ignore each other. The workshop will bring together the team members of the European Research Council-funded project ResponsiveGov and the members of MOVEOUT the international network on the study of social movement outcomes, as well as other scholars working in these topics.

We are seeking paper proposals from scholars who would be willing to participate in the workshop with papers that examine the intersections of public opinion, social movement outcomes and policy responsiveness research. We will welcome theoretical and empirical contributions.

The workshop has no fee, provides coffee/tea and lunch on both days. The participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodations costs. Only limited support towards travel and accommodation costs might be available, depending on funding availability, and it would be allocated strictly on a needs basis.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, we invite you to send your paper proposal by email no later than 8th January 2014 to responsivegov(at)leicester.ac.uk. The proposal should include title, author(s), institutional affiliation(s), email contact, an abstract of up to 600 words, and information about funding needs (if any) to be able to attend the workshop.

Das Internetradio detektor.fm hat den Radio-Essay „Protestwissen“ von Simon Teune produziert. Der Essay behandelt die Fragen, auf welchem Wissen unser Bild von Protest beruht, aus welchen Quellen sich dieses Wissen speist und welcher Umgang mit Protest daraus folgt.

Die Sendung steht auf der Seite von detektor.fm auch als Podcast zum Download bereit.

Hier gibt es das Manuskript zur Sendung als pdf-Datei

Call for papers: Protest and the Media, University of Westminster, 12 and 13 June 2013

The 5th Annual Conference of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University Westminster, held in association with the British Journalism Review, will focus on ‘Protest Movements, Free Speech and the Media’.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • W. Lance Bennett, Professor of Political Science, Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication, and Director of the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement, University of Washington
  • Nick Couldry, Professor of Media and Communications and Director of the Goldsmiths Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy, Goldsmiths College

The recent wave of protests sweeping both authoritarian regimes and Western liberal democracies has highlighted the close interconnections between media and protest, particularly in times of economic hardship. New forms of social media can disrupt constraints placed on traditional sources of information and public debate, whether through state intervention or monopolistic private ownership, and in theory provide platforms for a multiplicity of voices. Going beyond the hype surrounding ‘Twitter’ or ‘Facebook’ revolutions, this year’s conference will look at the role of media in representing and promoting protest and dissent. It will explore how contemporary media can shape practices of organizing, decision-making and mobilisation, change the focus of public debate, and influence the structure of protest movements and their capacity for social and political change.

Our focus is not confined solely to recent protests or to new media. Instead, we aim to situate current movements such as Occupy or the movements of the Arab Spring within broader trajectories of protest with papers examining the role of media in past mobilizations. We also seek to investigate the plurality of media used in protest, both new and old, mainstream and alternative, digital, analogue and paper-based.

We welcome a variety of approaches and topics which may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  •  Media representations of protest
  •  Media surveillance, censorship and repression of dissent
  •  Media and the global diffusion of protest
  •  The interaction between alternative/ citizen journalism and mainstream media
  •  The interface between protest movements and journalists
  •  The role of mediated communication in the organizing and decision-making practices of protest movements
  •  Protest movements and their use of the media to appeal to the state
  •  Comparisons between the role of the media in current and past protest movements
  •  The impact of the media on protest movements’ capacity for social and political change

PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION
The conference will take place on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 June 2013. The fee for registration will be £195 with a concessionary rate of £99 for students, to cover all conference documentation, refreshments, lunches, wine reception and administration costs. Registration will open in March 2013.

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS
The deadline for abstracts is Monday 4 February 2013. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 18 February 2013. Abstracts should be 250 words long. They must include the presenter’s name, affiliation, email and postal address, together with the title of the paper. Please send abstracts to Helen Cohen atjournalism(at)westminster.ac.uk

WDR 5: „Der Körper ist die erste und die letzte Waffe!“ (Andrea Pabst, ab 5:46)

Hanspeter Kriesi, Edgar Grande, Martin Dolezal, Marc Helbling, Dominic Höglinger, Swen Hutter und Bruno Wüest: Political Conflict in Western Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2012

What are the consequences of globalization for the structure of political conflicts in Western Europe? How are political conflicts organized and articulated in the twenty-first century? And how does the transformation of territorial boundaries affect the scope and content of political conflicts? This book sets out to answer these questions by analyzing the results of a study of national and European electoral campaigns, protest events and public debates in six West European countries. While the mobilization of the losers in the processes of globalization by new right populist parties is seen to be the driving force of the restructuring of West European politics, the book goes beyond party politics. It attempts to show how the cleavage coalitions that are shaping up under the impact of globalization extend to state actors, interest groups and social movement organizations, and how the new conflicts are framed by the various actors involved.

See the CUP homepage for details

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