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Call for Papers: Theory, Action and Impact of Social Protest: An Interdisciplinary Conference

University of Kent – Canterbury, UK, October 13-14th, 2012 
(Abstracts due by JUNE 15, 2012) 
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We are pleased to invite you to the 1st interdisciplinary social movements conference, sponsored by University of Kent’s Centre for the Study of Social and Political Movements, the School of Psychology, the ESRC South East DTC Advanced Training at SSPSSR, the Conflict Analysis Research Centre in the School of Politics & IR and the Kent Graduate School’s Postgraduate Experience Award.

Recently, social movements such as the Occupy movement, the Arab Spring and the Spanish Indignados have made headlines and grabbed the attention of power-holders and citizens. Historically, social movements have contributed to social, political and economic change. We wish to explore these elements at this conference with an interdisciplinary approach.

The conference will be held on the university campus on OCTOBER 13th-14th, 2012 with a Keynote Address by PROF. CHRISTOPHER ROOTES and PROF. DOMINIC ABRAMS of the University of Kent.

The aim is to explore the study of social movements with a variety of academic lenses and attempt to develop collaboration between disciplines on the study. We seek contributions for a broad range of disciplines and a mixture of disciplines including sociology, law, psychology, politics, economics, cultural studies, history, geography, philosophy, literature, and film studies. We hope to use this conference as a forum to bridge some of the gaps between the different disciplines and their work in the field of social movements.

We seek contributions from all scholars including postgraduate students. Proposals will be selected on their merit and in consideration of their academic discipline, with a preference to integrate a wide variety of fields.

We are open to themes such as:
– past and present collective actions
– social and political theory
– motivation, mobilization, or outcomes
– methodology
– macro- and micro-processes
– art in and from protest
– legal or economic implications and considerations
– other related topics


To offer a paper, please submit a short [300-500 words] proposal to: 
Eugene Nulman
School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR)
Cornwallis North East
University of Kent
Kent CT2 7NF

There is a registration fee of £10 for participants and attendees. Registration for post-graduate participants is free thanks to contributions made by the School of Psychology.


Those giving papers are asked to supply them in advance. If selected, your paper will appear in the first edition of the online Journal for the Study of Social and Political Movements. Papers should be between 3,000 to 6,000 words in length.

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Common is a political inquiry journal that is born during the crisis, during the global tsunami. We have set this journal as a dispositive to investigate the present time in the framework of the economic crisis that we are experiencing, looking for some directions of political action, measuring a new temporality and discovering the mutations of behaviour and imagery.

The journal forces us or, as you prefer, facilitate us to think collectively about the phase; identifying the common feature of the time we are living in, looking for a sense that enables us to understand the contingency, using it as a effective compass for the political action.

The field of education, the process of impoverishment in terms of perspective and future for the young generation, are the research fields for the debut of Common. In the epoch of cognitive capitalism, in an apparent paradox, it seems that the governance of the productive forces passes through a sort of war on knowledge. Starting from inquiring the biggest student movement in Italy and Europe since 1968, this issue is an attempt to analyze the new political anthropology within the temporality of the movement, its discontinuity and challenges.

“In the background”, “In figura” and “Lines of flight” are the three main sections that compose Common. The methodology of inquiry, the themes treated in this issue, such as institutions, self-education and common, are dispositive to strengthen our resistance, to organize our independence, to defend our exodus.

Common |Resistance |Independence |Exodus

Editorial Collective:

Marco Bascetta / Claudia Bernardi / Francesco Brancaccio / Antonio Conti/ Alberto De Nicola / Paolo Do / Serena Fredda / Fabio Gianfrancesco / Augusto Illuminati / Federico Marini / Antonio Negri / Isabella Pinto / Francesco Raparelli / Judith Revel / Tania Rispoli / Benedetto Vecchi / Giuliana Visco


Table of contents Zero issue

Editorial:  making inquiry within the crisis

// In the background

Toni Negri: Corruption, new accumulation, refeudalization
Antonio Conti: The crisis and the general intellect
Marco Bascetta: Reactionary philosophy
Alberto De Nicola: The triumph of the brain
Carlo Vercellone: Models of welfare and social services in the systemic crisis of the cognitive capitalism

// In figura

Isabella Pinto, Tania Rispoli: Who values whom? Merit and cooperative innovation
Ugo Mattei (interviewed by Francesco Brancaccio): The university beyond public and private
Marco Baravalle: The Wave in the factory of the culture
Bartleby: Experiments of self-education
Francesco Brancaccio: Self-education as prefiguration of an institution to come
Chiara Bastianoni, Vanessa Bilancetti, Serena Fredda, Tiziano Trobia (edited by): Medium waves
Luca Cafagna, Fabio Gianfrancesco, Giuliana Visco (edited by): The shape of water
Morgan Adamson: The financialization of student life
Claudia Bernardi, Paolo Do: Europe sauvage
Alberto De Nicola, Francesco Raparelli: After the backwash

// lines of flight

Serena Fredda, Viola Mordenti: Lexicon – difference
Girolamo De Michele: Festina lente
Infosex: becoming whore

Augusto Illuminati: About tyrant, corruption and more


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One Day Workshop: Thursday 22nd July 2010

Institute of Advanced Studies, Lancaster University,
Room A010, 9.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.


Conor Gearty, Law, LSE;

Bob Jessop, Sociology, Lancaster;

Costas Lapavitsas, Economics, SOAS;

Martin Loughlin Law, LSE.


Christos Boukalas, Politics, Lancaster

Michael Dillon, Politics, Lancaster

Michael Kratke, Sociology, Lancaster

Mark Lacey, Politics, Lancaster

Christopher May, Politics, Lancaster

David Seymour, Law, Lancaster

David Sugarman, Law, Lancaster

The Centre of Law and Society at Lancaster University has organised a one-day Workshop on the subject of the ‘state of exception’ from researchers and scholars across the spectrum of the human sciences, lawyers, activists, and NGO’s.

The response of western states to the attacks on the World Trade Centre in late 2001 led to major shifts in state organisation and operating modes and in social practices and perceptions. It thus significantly affects the nexus of socio-political relations, as expressed in such spheres as law, political action, economy, popular ideology and culture, war, policing, work, international relations, and ultimately, the texture of everyday life.

Academic reflection on these developments seems, whatever its entry point or primary area of concern, to converge on the conclusion that we are dealing with some kind of “state of emergency”: whether as a derailment from the rule of law, unilateralism in international affairs, recurrence of a Schmittian ‘Political’ informing state power – and so on. It can be argued that the concept “state of emergency” not only re-appears, but claims predominance within social science in the early 21st century. Significantly, it seems to be the social-science concept that most resonates in society, as it is used by a variety of actors, in a variety of contexts.

In any case, the specific post-9/11 version of counterterrorism policy has by now developed and acquired its own history. Democrat dominance in the US political stage may imply that further changes lie ahead, while the ‘emergency’ mode of power seems to be migrating (again?) from security to economic policy.

Given its centrality in social theory, the importance of its referents, the range of areas in which it is now employed, the polyvalence of the term, and the indeterminacy characterising the present conjuncture, it is time to (re)assess the character of state power and its effects on the practices and meanings of early 21st century social life. To this end, it would be good to start by assessing the concept that has been the analytical lynchpin for current developments.

Accordingly, the Centre of Law and Society is organising a one-day Workshop on the “state of exception”.

The Workshop will bring together academics, lawyers, activists and NGO staff in an attempt to clarify the term’s meaning and connotations and to investigate its relevance and adequacy as a conceptual and analytical framework for contemporary socio-political phenomena.

For further information and registration, please contact:
Dr. Christos Boukalas,
Department of Politics and International Relations,
Lancaster University,
Lancaster LA1 4YD,
United Kingdom.

Christos Boukalas (Politics, Lancaster University) and
David Sugarman (Law, Lancaster University)

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