Call for papers: Protests as Events/Events as Protests

Protests as Events / Events as Protests   

A one day symposium for academics and activists

12th June 2013, Leeds, UK


Call for Participation

We take as our starting point Paul Chatterton’s (2006: 260) argument that: “acknowledging that protest encounters are emotionally laden, relational, hybrid, corporeal and contingent, possibilities open up for breaking the silences that divide us and overcoming ontological divisions such as activist and non-activist.” This symposium aims to involve conversations between activists and non-activists, as well as academics as activists in order to explore the complex construction of protests as events / events as protests. We propose an innovative coming together of activists and academics to build bridges, initiate debate and develop future research agendas.

The conceptualisation of protests as events and vice versa involves consideration of the temporalities of protests as well as the mobilities that are enacted to bring together an assemblage that may be on the move or fixed at a still point. Protests as Events/ Events as Protests was inspired by the workshop held at the University of Leicester in June 2012 entitled (Re)thinking Protest Camps: governance, spatiality, affect and media.

This call thus seeks papers that focus on one or more of the following topics:

·         Conceptualisations of protests as events          

·         The academic/activist interface

·         Timings and rhythms of protests

·         Discursive constructions of protests

·         Protest and political tourism

·         Mobile assemblages and protests

·         Embodiments of protest events

·         Sustaining protests in the face of cultural changes

·         Protests and sports events

·         Critical hospitality and protests

·         Governance and the governmentalities of protest events


We are now seeking proposals for papers for this symposium. Abstracts should be emailed to and be no more than 300 words. The call is now open and abstracts must be received by 10th March 2013 the very latest.

As part of the Protests as Events Symposium we are interested in incorporating a series of practical workshops for participants interested in developing their skills as activists. There will be opportunities for four workshops throughout the day. Each workshop will last 40 minutes, to include set up and clear up time and be for up to 25 participants. Any group interested in offering a workshop should submit an outline of the activity to

The outline should include a description of the activity, any notes regarding room layout, and the intended outcome/outcomes of the workshop. It is hoped that a selection of proffered workshops will be made into an eBook, made available free via our blog after the symposium, signposting the work of activists groups that have expressed an interest in the symposium.

Planned outputs:

It is envisaged that symposium outputs will include a special issue of a journal and an edited book based upon the papers presented.

As well as academic papers we are looking to work with activist groups to integrate, into the symposium programme, a series of activist led workshops; the aim of which will be to produce an eBook based on workshop materials.



The symposium conveners are: Dr Ian Lamond; Professor Karl Spracklen and Professor Kevin Hannam.


Further information:

For further information please visit the symposium’s blog at

or contact Daniela Carl ( or Dr Ian Lamond (


Recently published: “Gender, class, and radical right voting” by Hilde Coffé

A book entitled ‘Class Politics and the Radical Right’ edited by Jens Rydgren has been published by Routledge in November 2012.

In this book you can find a chapter “Gender, class, and radical right voting” written by Hilde Coffé. The author examines the relationships between class belonging, gender, and radical right voting. The analysis is based on the examination of datas from some Western European countries in European Social Survey 2008 database.

Website of the book:


Journal article on Basque nationalism and gender

We call your attention to a recently published article on the connections between Basque nationalism and women’s associations.

The article is written by Amy Crumly and it has been published in the current issue of European Journal of Women’s Studies (Februrary 2013).


If you are interested in Austrian research on inequalities

We recommend you the German-language  website of FIPU. FIPU is a network and a research group of Austrian scholars dealing with ideological inequalities, like racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism etc.

You can find articles and research reports on their website, too.


Journal article on the National Front and Marine Le Pen

We call your attention to a recently published article on Marine Le Pen and results of French presidental elections in 2012.

The article is writteny by Nonna Mayer and it has been published in the journal entitled Parliamentary Affairs in January 2013. This issue was a special on French presidental and parliamentary elections.


Call for papers: Romanian Political Science Review

Studia Politica. Romanian Political Science Review welcomes original contributions in English, French, Italian or Romanian in political science, political theory, political sociology, comparative politics, European studies or international relations. (Gender is not highlighted but we are sure it would be an interesting contribution.) All the texts submitted for publication are peer reviewed by at least two referees.

Read more:


Call for papers: 7th ECPR General Conference Sciences Po, Bordeaux 4th – 7th September 2013

The 7th ECPR General Conference will take place at Sciences Po Bordeaux, Domaine Universitaire.


Among the sessions we can find Gender + Politics, including it:

Women’s Political Activism in Right Wing and Fundamentalist Organisations


How to propose a Paper:

 Paper proposers must have a myECPR account in order to submit a paper proposal.

 Participants will be able to propose papers to accepted Panels from

4 December 2012.

 Paper proposals are welcomed from both ECPR Member and Non Member institutions.

 Whilst proposers may submit more than one paper at this stage, the Academic Convenors

will not accept more than one paper proposed by the same person.

How to submit your paper proposal via MyECPR:

1) Log in to your myECPR account, or create an account here.

2) Follow the links to the Bordeaux General Conference home page and then select ‘Propose a

Paper’  from the menu.

3) From the dropdown box, select the Panel to which you wish to propose a paper.

4) Select 3-6 keywords from the list which best describe the field to which your paper relates

(this is key to ensuring your paper is allocated to the correct Panel).

5) Upload/insert an abstract of no more than 300 words.

6) Provide the e-mail addresses of any co-authors to the paper. To enable us to find them in

the system, these addresses must be the ones they have used to create their myECPR

account (if they do not already have an account, please ask them to create one.)

7) Attach the full paper proposal in pdf format. (Please note, this can also be done at a later

stage via myECPR under the ‘My Events’ page up until the deadline below.)

The deadline for paper proposals is 1 February 2013.

For additional information regarding deadlines please read the Guidelines and Deadlines for Section