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European and International Studies
3rd Annual Postgraduate Conference 2012
15th June 2012
The Council Room, Strand Campus, King’s College London


09.00-9.30 – Registration and coffee
09.30-9.45 – Welcome address by Professor Christoph Meyer (Head of European and International Studies, King’s College London)
09.45-10.30 – Keynote speech from Lord Allan of Hallam (House of Lords, Liberal Democrats, and Director of Policy in Europe for Facebook)

10.45-12.00 – Panel I. New agendas in social movement research (Chair: Christos Kourtelis, King’s College London)
Hugo Leal – Social Movement Network Studies: From Theory to Tahrir (European University Institute, Italy)
Brais Alvarez-Pereira – Information Technologies and the Fight for Freedom, a Complex Networks Approach (European University Institute, Italy)
Rose Erin Holyoak – The Political is Personal: Exploring Young Women’s Gendered Experiences of Social Movement Activism (University of Leicester, UK)

12.10-1.25pm – Panel II. Networks, borders and (trans)national movements (Chair: Paolo Chiocchetti, King’s College London)
Rosalind Greig – Success for Transnational Advocacy Networks: A Feminist Challenge (University of Strathclyde, UK)
Sofiane Ouaret – The construction and the management of a ‘transnational extreme left-wing network’ in Europe (King’s College London, UK)
Colombina Schaeffer – A Matter of Movement: How Patagonia Made Energy Politics Visible in Chile (University of Sydney, Australia)

2.30pm – 3.45pm – Panel III. Dynamics of local protest across the neoliberal world (Chair: Professor Alex Callinicos, King’s College London)
Barbara Audycka –  Tenants’ movement in Poland (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Samantha Fletcher –  These grievances are not all inclusive: the occupy movement in the age of austerity  (Liverpool John Moores University, UK)
Daniela Bressa Florentin – Exploring the (re)emergence of Buen Vivir in contemporary Bolivia and Ecuador: a Cosmopolitical approach (University of Bath, UK)

4.00pm – 5.15pm – Panel IV. Capitalism, culture and resistance (Chair: Dr Nagore Calvo, King’s College London)
Luke Cooper and Simon Hardy – Capitalist realism: challenges for the radical left (University of Sussex, UK)
Aude De Caunes – Créer c’est résister: autonomy, emancipation, and musical practices of protest in postcolonial France (King’s College London, UK)
Mike Foden – Anti-consumerist activism? Exploring the motivations of grassroots reuse groups (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)
5.15 – 5.30 – Conclusions and closing statements

Registration: the conference is free and open to all but registration is required.
Please fill in the registration form at
A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.
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The Department of European and International Studies at King’s College London is pleased to announce a call for papers for their third annual postgraduate conference: 

Movements, networks, protests: new agendas for society and politics

From the Arab Spring to Occupy, environmentalists and feminists, immigrants and students, the importance of social movements, protests, revolutions and riots in today’s world is undeniable. They have raised core questions regarding democracy, power, equality and the relationship between citizens, the state and the global economy, whilst social movement studies have expanded in academia, providing fruitful theoretical and analytical perspectives for the study of social networks, opportunity structures, collective identities, globalisation and transnationalism. 

Our conference will explore the importance of movements for social relations, political policymaking and academic research. Empirical studies as well as critical theoretical papers are welcomed on topics including, but not limited to: 

–  Protest repertoires, means and tools: contemporary social movements between peaceful “acampadas”, riots and revolutions 

–  Citizenship from below? Approaches to democracy and participation beyond the state 

–  Insiders and outsiders: the representation, rights and recognition of immigrants and minorities 

–  Explaining the success or failure of social protest 

–  Social, economic and political relations from the global to the local 

–  The impact of the internet and social networks on political participation 

–  The aesthetics of protest 

–  Leaders or followers? Hierarchies and power relations 

–  Transnational networks and movements beyond borders 

We encourage postgraduate researchers from across the social sciences and humanities to apply in order to establish an open and critical space for analysis and discussion. Presentations will be of 20 minutes with discussion and debate from the audience. 

Date: 8th June 2012 

Venue: King’s College London, Strand Campus 

Abstracts of 250 words, with name, contact details and institutional affiliation should be sent to Julia at  before the 22nd of April 2012. Speakers will be contacted subsequently. 

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Interface 3(2) now out: feminism, women’s movements and women in movement

Volume three, issue two (November 2011): Feminism, women’s movements and women in movement
Issue editors: Sara Motta, Cristina Flesher Fominaya, Catherine Eschle, Laurence Cox

Volume three, issue two 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 “Feminism, women’s movements and women in movement”. 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 xx pages and 27 pieces in English and Spanish, by authors writing from / about Australia, Canada, Denmark, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Mexico, Nicaragua, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Spain, the UK and the US.

Articles include:


Sara Motta, Cristina Flesher Fominaya, Catherine Eschle and Laurence Cox, Feminism, women’s movements and women in movement

 Theme-related articles:

 Janet Conway, Feminist knowledges on the anti-globalization terrain: transnational feminisms at the World Social Forum

Lyndi Hewitt, Framing across differences, building solidarities: lessons from women’s rights activism in transnational spaces

Eurig Scandrett, Suroopa Mukherjee and the Bhopal Research Team, “We are flames not flowers”: a gendered reading of the social movement for justice in Bhopal

Akwugo Emejulu, Can “the people” be feminists? Analysing the fate of feminist justice claims in populist grassroots movements in the United States

Finn Mackay, A movement of their own: voices of young feminist activists in the London Feminist Network

Melody L Hoffmann, Bike Babes in Boyland: women cyclists’ pedagogical strategies in urban bicycle culture

Nina Nissen, Challenging perspectives: women, complementary and alternative medicine, and social change


Special section: feminist strategies for change:

Sisters of Resistance, Why we need a feminist movement now

Nina Nijsten, Some things we need for a feminist revolution

Rosario González Arias, Viejas tensiones, nuevos desafíos y futuros territorios feministas

Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia, Independence vs interdependence

Roberta Villalón, Feminist activist research and strategies from within the battered immigrants’ movement

Elena Jeffreys, Audry Autonomy, Jane Green, Christian Vega (Scarlet Alliance Australian Sex Workers Association), Listen to sex workers: support decriminalisation and anti-discrimination protections

Jean Bridgeman, Wise women in community: building on everyday radical feminism for social change

Jennifer Verson, Performing unseen identities: a feminist strategy for radical communication

Jed Picksley, Jamie Heckert and Sara Motta, Feminist love, feminist rage; or, Learning to listen

Anarchist Feminists Nottingham, Statement on intimate partner violence within activist communities


Other articles:

Kenneth Good, The capacities of the people versus a predominant, militarist, ethno-nationalist elite: democratisation in South Africa c. 1973 – 97

Michael Neocosmos, Transition, human rights and violence: rethinking a liberal political relationship in the African neo-colony

Roy Krøvel, Alternative journalism and the relationship between guerrillas and indigenous peoples in Latin America

Tomás Mac Sheoin, Greenpeace: a (partly) annotated bibliography of English-language publications

Anna Feigenbaum with Kheya Bag, Ken Barlow, Jakob Horstmann, David Shulman and Kika Sroka-Miller, “Everything we do is niche”: a roundtable on contemporary progressive publishing


This issue’s reviews include the following titles:

Jennifer Earl and Katrina Kimport, Digitally enabled social change: activism in the Internet age

SV Ojas, Madhuresh Kumar, MJ Vijayan and Joe Athialy, Plural narratives from Narmada Valley

Eurig Scandrett et al, Bhopal survivors speak: emergent voices from a people’s movement

Hilary Wainwright, Reclaim the state: experiments in popular democracy


A Call for Papers for volume 4 issue 2 of Interface is now open, on the theme of “The global emancipation of labour: new movements and struggles around work, workers and precarity” (submissions deadline May 1 2012). 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
The next issue of Interface (May 2012) will be on “The season of revolutions: the Arab Spring”, with a special section on the new wave of European mobilizations.

Interface is always open to new collaborators.

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