Call for Papers

The First Mobilization Conference on Social Movements and Protest: Nonviolent Strategies and the State

San Diego, May 5-6, 2017

The conference at San Diego State University is planned as an informal and friendly gathering to present your current work, discuss it with others, network, and, generally, ponder the new directions in which our field is heading. It is organized by Mobilization: An International Quarterly, and sponsored by the Hansen Foundation for Peace. Plenary sessions will emphasize strategies, tactics, and nonviolent approaches to social change. Submissions on a range of topics in our field are invited for paper sessions. Organizers will attempt to accommodate submissions by assigning accepted papers to thematic sessions and roundtables such as:

  • Strategies of nonviolence
  • Tactical variation and movement outcomes
  • Repertoire innovation in contemporary movements
  • Trends in social movement theory
  • Violent versus nonviolent strategies
  • Contemporary movements and popular protest
  • Social media, digital technologies, and repertoire shift
  • Crossnational and historical analysis
  • And more, depending on submissions

Abstracts are due December 31, 2016. Hotel rooms are available in historic Old Town San Diego, an easy trolley ride to the university and a 10-minute ride to San Diego’s scenic harbor, Seaport Village, and Gas Lamp Quarter. Email inquiries about housing and logistics, and submit your abstracts, to Hank Johnston at A nonrefundable registration fee of $75.00 is payable upon abstract acceptance. Registration includes a Cinco de Mayo reception dinner at an elegant Old Town restaurant, and a 2017 subscription to Mobilization (a $50.00 value). Completed papers are due April 1, 2017.

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Call for Papers

International Conference on “Resistance(s): Between Theories and the Field”

14 & 15 December 2016

Center for the Study of International Cooperation and Development (CECID), Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles – ULB), Belgium
Deadline for the submission of abstracts (in English or French): 15 October 2016, details below.


Confirmed Keynote speakers:

James C. Scott (Yale University)

Stellan Vinthagen (UMass, Amherst)



This conference is intended to stir an international debate on the concept and understanding of “resistance” in its various meanings. In this respect, the use of the word resistance in its plural form for the title of this conference is not incidental. It emphasizes our will to explore the complexity and multi-faceted forms, locations, aims, and outcomes inherent to the concept of resistance. We see resistance(s) not only as a concept that can be engaged with from various angles. It is also an approach that can help a dialogue between academia and other sectors, a thing that this conference seeks to explore in broad temporal and geographical perspectives.

From mass public protests during the Arab Springs and the Indignados and Occupy movements, to individual disobedience from whistle blowers (Assange, Snowden), resistance (to domination, oppression, or simply mainstream political power) has been manifesting itself in a variety of modes. This newly available empirical evidence rapidly generated numerous, rich accounts and encountered studies of social movements and contentious politics. What have remained largely understudied are the accounts of non-politicised or non-overtly politicised movements, the transformation of informal resistance into movements, their politicisation, and the relationship between informal resistance and political change.

Some recent works have, however, addressed this lack in the field (see, for instance, Chenoweth and Stephan, Why Civil Resistance Works, Schock, Civil Resistance Today, Vinthagen, A Theory of Nonviolent Action: How Civil Resistance Works). We would thus like to encourage emerging research on this subject.

We welcome empirically-grounded case studies as well as theoretical (and/or) epistemological reflections on topics related (but not limited) to:

  • Silent and “loud” resistances as case study (nonviolent, violent, public and hidden, individual or collective…)
  • Resistance and social change
  • Informal networks, practices, and their significance in policy making
  • Globalised vs localised resistance
  • Vulnerability and resistance (gender, minorities, marginalised communities)
  • Economic or financial resistance
  • Everyday struggle and resistance vs more organised and long-term forms of resistance
  • Methodological approaches and consideration for the study of resistance
  • Ethics and resistance (how to deal with the publication of cases where resistance is secret, or needs to escape the radar of authorities)

We are keen to promote an interdisciplinary reflection on the concept of resistance and a broad theoretical and methodological understanding of the issue. Accordingly, we would like to open participation to activists who would like to present an analytical reflection based on their work.

In addition, willing to challenge past and present understandings of the concept, and to bring about new perspectives, we welcome contributions from both experienced and early career researchers.

Practical information:

Deadline: please  send a 300-500 word abstract (in English or French) by 15 October 2016 to including a short biographical statement. Applicants will be notified by 5 November 2016 about their acceptance.

We might be able to provide some financial support to researchers (especially early career researchers) who have no sponsorship from their own institute. We can’t guarantee full sponsorship for everyone but we will try to offer a contribution in the region of 250 EUR for participants from Europe and 500 for participants from outside of Europe. If you would like to be considered please mention, below your abstract, what kind of support you would need (travel, accommodation, etc.).



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