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National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Saturday November 26th, 9.30 – 6.15

About the conference

This conference brings together 21 presenters from Ireland, Britain, Italy, Belgium and the US working on movements ranging from alternative food movements to the World Social Forum, from Shell to Sea to SlutWalks and from Irish Ship to Gaza to children’s rights advocacy. It showcases some of the best work in the field by new, established and independent scholars alike. The conference seeks to encourage real research which does not simply restate common assumptions but tries to make real contributions to wider debates about social movements, the thinking of movement practitioners, and public understanding of the nature of society and democracy.

The keynote speaker, Dr Cristina Flesher Fominaya (University of Aberdeen), has been researching and participating in European social movements since the early 1990s. She has carried out research on anti-globalisation networks, Spanish Green parties and the British anti-roads movement, and is also known for her work on the politics of memory around terrorist attacks such as 3/11 in Madrid and 9/11 in New York. A founding editor of the social movement journal Interface, she is co-chair of the Council for European Studies’ European Social Movements Research Network.


The conference is free and open to the public with no advance booking required. Tea and coffee will be provided but participants should bring their own lunch or buy it in Maynooth. We cannot organise accommodation directly but there are various possible hostels, hotels and B&Bs both in Maynooth and in Dublin. Registration is at the conference from 9.30 on in the Auxilia Building, North Campus (see the map at  – Auxilia is building #47 in the lower right corner). For queries please contact Dr Theresa O’Keefe at 

Overall timings

9.30 – 10: Welcome and registration 

10 – 11: Plenary session. Cristina Flesher Fominaya, “New directions in social movement studies?”

11 – 11.30: Coffee / tea

11.30 – 1: First sessions

1 – 2.15: Lunch

2.15 – 3.45: Second sessions

3.45 – 4.00: Coffee / tea

4.00 – 5.30: Third sessions

5.30 – 6.15: Closing discussion

Draft timetable

Session 1, 11.30 am – 1 pm

(A) Remaking social movements

Silvia Lami (Philosophy, Pisa and U. Chicago) – Re-thinking social movements. Limits of 60s and 70s movements, new perspectives of struggle

Leslie Parraguez Sanchez (Loyola University, Chicago) – Between spatial identities and the Right-to-the-City: a socio-spatial perspective on the reconfiguration of social movements

Theresa O’Keefe (Sociology, NUI Maynooth) – Flaunting our way to freedom? SlutWalks, gendered protest and feminist futures

(B) Exploring new movements

Andre Kenneally (UCC) – Children’s right advocacy as a new social movement

Yafa Shanneik (Study of Religions, UCC) – Irish women converting to Islam: a new post-secular movement?

(C) Research / methodology

Jean Bridgeman (Sociology, NUI Maynooth) – Spaces for new knowledge: working class community education for social change 

Anna Szolucha (Sociology, NUI Maynooth) – The tyranny of sociology: a case for an interdisciplinary social movement research

Session 2, 2.15 – 3.45 pm

(D) Agency and power

Geoffrey Pleyers (FNRS-Université Catholique de Louvain & CADIS-EHESS Paris)- The global justice movement and beyond: two paths for social agency

Laurence Davis (Independent scholar) – The Irish Ship to Gaza and the revolutions of our time

Amanda Slevin (Sociology, UCD) – Pipelines, politics and power: Shell to Sea and the Irish state

(E) The politics of new media

Margaret Gillan (Community Media Network) – Building working-class media (provisional title)

Asia Rutkowska (Sociology, NUI Maynooth) – Activists on the web: analysing the content of social centre webpages

Paul Candon (Sociology, TCD) – The emerging digital public sphere in Ireland: how old habits die hard

Session 3, 4 – 5.30 pm

(F) Mapping Irish social movements

Laurence Cox (Sociology, NUI Maynooth) – Gramsci in Mayo: a Marxist perspective on social movements in Ireland

Peter Lacey (Anthropology, NUI Maynooth) – EU-critical movements and Irish social activism

(G) Advocacy and institutionalisation

Orla O’Donovan (Applied Social Studies, UCC) – Irish patients’ movements on the move to Europe

Pauline Cullen (Sociology, NUI Maynooth) – Mobilization on women’s interests at the EU: femocrats and feminist political practice

(H) Troubles within movements

Andrea Rigon (Sociology, TCD and Institute of Development Studies, Nairobi) – The tyranny of structurelessness: unequal power relations in the governance of the World Social Forum process

David Landy (Sociology, TCD) – Researching splits

Aisling Murtagh (Food business and development, UCC) – The power dynamics of alternative food initiatives in Ireland


Centre for Politics, Power and Society, Department of Sociology, NUI Maynooth
Research Cluster “Critical Political Thought, Activism and Alternative Futures”


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Interface: a journal for and about social movements


Volume three, issue one (May 2011): Repression and social movements Issue editors: Cristina Flesher Fominaya, Lesley Wood

Volume three, issue one of Interface, a peer-reviewed e-journal produced and refereed by social movement practitioners and engaged movement researchers, is now out, on the special theme “Repression and social movements”. Interface is open-access (free), global and multilingual. Our overall aim is to “learn from each other’s struggles”: to develop a dialogue between practitioners and researchers, but also between different social movements, intellectual traditions and national or regional contexts.

This issue of Interface includes 296 pages with 20 pieces in English and Portuguese, by authors writing from / about Angola, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, South Africa, the UK and the US.

Articles include:

Cristina Flesher Fominaya and Lesley Wood, Editorial: repression  and social movements
Theme-related articles:

Peter Ullrich and Gina Rosa Wollinger, A surveillance studies perspective on protest policing: the case of video surveillance of demonstrations inGermany

Liz Thompson and Ben Rosenzweig, Public policy is class war pursued by other means: struggle and restructuring in international education economy

Kristian Williams, Counter-insurgency and community policing

Fernanda Maria Vieira and J. Flávio Ferreira, “Não somos chilenos, somos mapuches!”: as vozes do passado no presente da luta mapuche por seu território

Roy Krøvel, From indios to indígenas: guerrilla perspectives on indigenous peoples and repression in Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua Action / practice notes and event analysis from:
    • Musab Younis, British tuition fee protest, November 9, 2010
    • Dino Jimbi, Campanha “Não partam a minha casa”
    • Mac Scott, G20 mobilizing in Toronto and community organizing: opportunities created and lessons learned
    • Aileen O’Carroll, Alessio Lunghi, Laurence Cox, “I’m in the news today, oh boy”: smear tactics and media bullying

Other articles:

Eurig Scandrett and Suroopa Mukherjee, Globalisation and abstraction in theBhopalsurvivors’ movement

George Sranko, Collaborative governance and a strategic approach to facilitating change: the South East Queensland Forest Agreement and the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement

John Agbonifo, Territorialising Niger Delta conflicts: place and contentious mobilisation

This issue’s reviews include the following titles:
    • Laurence Davis and Ruth Kinna, Anarchism and utopianism
    • Fiona Dukelow and Orla O’Donovan, Mobilising classics: reading radical writing in Ireland
    • David Graeber, Direct action: an ethnography
    • Nathalie Hyde-Clarke, The citizen in communication: re-visiting traditional, new and community media practices in South Africa
    • Gabriel Kuhn, Sober living for the revolution: hardcore punk, Straight Edge, and radical politics
    • Alf Gunvald Nilsen, Dispossession and resistance in India: the river and the rage

A Call for Papers for volume 4 issue 1 of Interface is now open, on the theme of “The season of revolution: the Arab spring” (submissions deadline November 1 2011).

We can review and publish articles in Afrikaans, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Maltese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu.

The website has the full CFP and details on how to submit articles for this issue at

Volume 3, issue 2 on “Feminism, women’s movements and women in movement” is due to be published in November 2011. A Call for Papers for volume 4 issue 2, on “The global emancipation of labour: new movements and struggles around work and workers” will shortly be published (deadline May 1 2012 for publication in November 2012).

Interface is always open to new collaborators. We need activists and academics who can referee articles in Chinese, Indonesian and Russian in particular, and translators to help with our multilingual project more generally. We are also looking for people willing to help set up regional groups in East Asia and Central Asia. We are also looking for collaborators for our existing groups, particularly but not only the African, South Asian, Spanish-speaking Latin American, East and Central European, and Oceania / SE Asian groups. More details can be found on our website:

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