III International Conference Strikes & Social Conflicts
Article published on 23 May 2014 by Strippoli Giulia
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III International Conference Strikes & Social Conflicts.
Combined historical approaches to conflict
Barcelona, June 16-19 2015.
Second announcement and call for papers

INTRODUCTION:

The onset of the crisis in 2008, initially affecting major capitalist countries, has brought to the forefront socio-political and economic transformations infused with historical ramifications; a process which in some regions of the globe began in the 1990s. The changes imposed by the crisis ignited the resurgence of social protest as one of the main mechanisms reshaping present day society. In spite of the resurgence of social movement protest over the last decade’s research on social and political protest have generated albeit limited scholarly investigation. The current prevalence of social and political protest, however, make it an important field of study to better understand both our present and future.

It is in this context that the III Conference on Strikes and Social Conflict will be held in Barcelona, one of the epicentres of the new wave of protests, initiated with the emergence of 15M, the movement of indignados in 2011. In this way the conference seeks to prioritize the debate that examines the role of social protest and policy in times of intense economic, social, political and cultural upheaval. Simultaneously, the conference will draw upon approaches that integrate distint areas of research and accumulated knowledge that reflect the diversity and impact of of socio-political protest: from their core components to aspects that have been considered marginal; all of which are relevant for a comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon. A far reaching historical understanding of both past and present acknowledges that there are no singular periods more relevant than others: all past contain the seeds of the present. In this sense all historical periods will be considered as well as contributions from a comparative perspective, thus sheding new light on various historical processes. In the same way, it is our desire that the conference becomes a space that enhances a mutual understanding of the historiographical traditions developed in different countries.
A new historical period demands scholarly inquiry that can keep up to the new challenges placed before us and in this sense, construct a new research agenda where strikes and social conflicts play a key role.

TOPICS OF INTERESTS:

I. Economic crisis and the protest movement.
The relation between social and political protest and economic crisis from the past to the present. How do they interact and how the determine long and short term outcomes. Which factors explain the repertoires of protest in this context?

II. Urban social movements.
The configuration of city and the problems of daily urban life at the root of movements that, over time, have contributed to the construction of values, policies and urban realities. This topic may include research studies on neighbourhood movements, social movements against eviction, squatting, social service boycott, etc.

III. Rural conflicts.
The analysis of social conflicts in rural areas and agricultural sectors, mainly, related to the life and working conditions, land and water property, common profits (for instance, silviculture) and pressure on surviving nomad cultures.

IV. Social conflicts and identities.
How social conflicts shape socio-political and national identities, and how social conflicts transform identities over time.

V. Migratory processes and social conflict.
How social subjects and the basis of conflicts are transformed by migratory processes: pull and push factors, socio-cultural integration dynamics, ghetto building, xenophobia, racism, etc.

VI. Sexual orientation and gender identity movements.
Approaches to the gender identity and sexual orientation movements in contemporary history: the emergence of feminist organizations and discourses, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender social movements, their debates and relationship with other social movements.

VII. The emergence and transformation of protest in socialist states.
The experience of social protest in Eastern bloc countries as well as other socialist states. Their characteristics and particularities in societies apparently “without classes”.

VIII. Social movements and political change.
Exploring the interaction between social movements and political transformations during transition periods from dictatorship to democracy or revolutionary processes.

IX. From the conservation movement to environmental social protest.
Studies of social movements related to the preservation of the environment and their relation with the political economy, as well as cultural traditions and identity.

X. Organizational forms and social conflict
Approaches to the several ways of social and political organization around conflict. Unions, friendly societies, resistence societies, peasant organizations, employers’ organizations, political parties and all kinds of organization related to social movements are included, as well as the specific role of women in labor conflicts.

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