2018 Annual Millennium Conference


London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), 27-28 October 2018

Revolution and resistance have been central to the making and remaking, imagining and reimagining of world politics: from Haiti, Russia and Cuba to the feminist, decolonial and civil rights movements. Core features of international relations cannot be understood without due attention to revolutionary politics and resistance movements.

The study of revolution and resistance is of increasing contemporary relevance. Uprisings like the ‘Arab Spring’ and movements like Black Lives Matter, Women’s March Global and the anti-austerity movement demonstrate a revival of organised resistance, while the global rise of counter- revolutionary and authoritarian politics reveal the contested nature of world politics, from the United States to the Middle East. Do these developments signal a new ‘Age of Revolution’?

The 2018 Millennium conference aims to foster cross-disciplinary conversations and dialogue between scholars and activists about the international dimensions of revolution and resistance in the 21st century. Suggested panel and paper themes include:

  • How can we theorise the relationship between revolution and resistance? Is it possible, or desirable, to translate the ‘micro-politics’ of resistance into large-scale revolutionary change?
  •  What is the role of (non-)violence in revolution and resistance? What accounts for the success and failure of specific revolutions and resistance movements?
  •  Must revolutions be progressive? What is the relationship between revolution and counter- revolution? Can neoliberalism be understood as revolutionary?
  • How can the study of revolution and resistance illuminate transformations of international order?
  • How do different transnational hierarchies – class, gender, race – shape the aims and practices of resistance and revolution?
  • Under what conditions may scholarship constitute resistance? What are the ethics involved in the study of resistance?


Millennium welcomes abstracts (max. 250 words), panel proposals (min. 3 abstracts) and proposals that break with standard academic formats via millenniumjournal.org/conference by 15 June 2018. A selection of papers will be published in Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Vol. 47, No. 3.

Keynote address: Jodi Dean (Hobart and William Smith)

Opening addresses: Louiza Odysseos (Sussex), Jasbir Puar (Rutgers)

Keynote debate: Erica Chenoweth (Denver), George Lawson (LSE)


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