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Crisis, Resistance, and Prospects: The Arab Revolutions & Beyond

Political Science Department, York University, Toronto

March 1, 2 & 3, 2013

The Crisis, Resistance, and Prospects: The Arab Revolutions & Beyond Conference is being planned as a three-day event and is scheduled to take place on March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 2013.

The objective of this conference is to provide a critical intervention that seeks to challenge the dominant neo-liberal interpretation of the Arab Spring and the concomitant reductionist tendency to explain this transformative process as one resulting from liberal democratic triumphalism, social media, and youth movements. Rather, this conference is designed to introduce a dialogue that highlights the multifaceted, complex, and contradictory dimensions of the significant historical transformation and social struggle that is ongoing in the Middle East and North Africa. The introduction of this dialogue will be achieved through providing an exploration and analysis of the following themes: Democracies, Social Movements, and Political Power; New Media and Cultures of Resistance; The Social Question; Capital, State, and Internationalization; and Imperialism & Anti-Imperialism.

Interested participants are invited to submit conference paper proposals that engage topics such as the following:

“Humanitarian Intervention” in Libya; tolerated suppression in Bahrain and Yemen; and Western-supported civil war incitement and escalation of violence in Syria · Foreign intervention in Syria and its implications · Urban Geopolitics · & the Militarization of City Spaces, e.g. Aleppo, Benghazi, Cairo, Manama Inter · & Intra Superpower Rivalries: BRICS, US, Canada & EU/NATO Dictatorships without Dictators? · The Long Road to Change: From Arab Revolutions to Socialisms? · Counter-Revolutions and the Militarization of Popular Struggle · Resource Imperialism · Privatization of State Violence: Private Security Firms · & Mercenaries? · GCC: Gulf Monarchies · & and the Potential Intensification of the Crisis · Antiwar and Anti-Imperialist struggles · Democratic Carrots and Economic Sticks: Debt, Fiscal Discipline, and International Investment · Tahrir Square Everywhere: Globalization of the Arab Revolutions · What type of democracy: liberal-, basis-, grassroots-, participatory-, socialist? · Crisis of which Left or Crisis as Opportunity for the Left? · New forms of political and social participation, organization, and representation: women, the unemployed, and the urban poor · The New Patriarchy: The Emergence of Conservative Political Forces and the Question of Gender Equality · Turkish, Iranian, and/or Israeli influence and the Arab Revolutions · The role of Social Networks and New Media in the Arab Revolutions · Popular culture/resistance · Foreign media coverage of the Arab Revolutions · The social question: the role of peasants, workers, social categories, and middle classes in the Arab Revolutions · Displacements: Refugees and Migrations · Environmental Justice issues · Back to the Future: Primitive Economic / Political Accumulation ·

Participants who are interested in presenting at this conference are asked to observe the following deadlines:

January 15, 2013: Abstracts due for paper/presentation proposals ·

February 1, 2013: Notification of acceptance for presentation at the conference ·

February 15, 2013: Final papers/presentations due ·

Note: All abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Please indicate with the submission of your abstract if you will require multi-media support and/or technical services. Final papers should be submitted using Times New Roman, 12 point font in PDF form. Each participant will be given approximately 15 minutes to present. Select conference papers will be chosen to be included in an edited book that is planned to be published following the conference proceedings. Financial assistance for travel and accommodations will be provided as per available funding. If you would like to participate but are not able to physically attend, arrangements can be made to participate via SKYPE.

Please refer to the following website for more information regarding the conference and to upload proposed abstracts:

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Workers of the World – International Journal of Strikes and Social Conflict is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the English language, for which manuscripts may be submitted in Spanish, French, English, Italian and Portuguese. Workers of the World publishes original articles, interviews and book reviews in the field of labour history and social conflicts in an interdisciplinary, global, long term historical and non Eurocentric perspective.

It publishes articles about crisis, working classes, internationalism, unions, organization, peasants, women, memory, propaganda and media, methodology, theory, protest, strikes, slavery, comparative studies, statistics, revolutions, cultures of resistance, race, among other subjects.


The editors of the journal are:

– Alvaro Bianchi – Arquivo Edgard Leuenroth, UNICAMP (Brazil),

– Andreia Galvão – Arquivo Edgard Leuenroth, UNICAMP (Brazil),

– Marcel van der Linden* – International Institute of Social History,Amsterdam, (The Netherlands),

– Raquel Varela – Instituto de História Contemporânea, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal),

– Serge Wolikow – Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Université de Bourgogne,Dijon, (France),

– Sjaak van der Velden – Independent researcher,Rotterdam, (The Netherlands),  

– Xavier Domènech Sampere – Centre d’Estudis sobre les Èpoques Franquista i Democràtica, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain),



Articles should be sent, according to the instructions for authors, to the executive editor António Simões do Paço at


Editorial statement

The first issue of Workers of the World. International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflict will appear online at the end of June 2012. The journal is an important step to consolidate the initiative, decided on at the Lisbon Labour Conference in March 2011, of creating an international association of researchers and institutions involved in the study of this subject.

The working class repeatedly continues to make its presence known and by doing so refutes the pessimistic predictions about the end of social conflicts that were popular in past decades. Different forms of popular struggle emerged in response to deteriorating living conditions, precarious employment of labour, and the change or elimination of social and labour protection legislation. In addition to the renewed labour movement in its classical forms of collective action and organization through strikes and unions, we saw the emergence or re-creation of movements of the unemployed or underemployed, of the landless and the homeless, just to mention some of the most widely known.

Despite numerous attempts to theoretically declare the end of social classes, strikes, and social movements, the inherent social contradictions in society and workers’ own actions constitute imposing evidence to the contrary. Industrial conflicts repeatedly have intersected with other social conflicts and ethnic, gender and generational issues complexity and renew interest in collective action, bringing in new theoretical and analytical challenges to researchers.

Workers of the World: International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflict aims to be innovative. This journal aims to stimulate global studies on labour and social conflicts in an interdisciplinary, global, long term historical and non Eurocentric perspective. It intends to move away from traditional forms of methodological nationalism and conjectural studies, adopting an explicitly critical and interdisciplinary perspective. Therefore, it will publish empirical research and theoretical discussions that address strikes and social conflicts in an innovative and rigorous manner. It will also promote dialogue between scholars from different fields and different countries and disseminate analyzes on different socio-cultural realities, to give visibility and centrality to this theme.




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