Solidarity’s Place in History: An Evaluation after 40 Years

A Call for Papers

Mobilization’s European office is assisting the sponsorship of a conference on Solidarity’s legacy at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, June 4-5, 2020. Solidarity’s nonviolent challenge to Soviet-style communism was mass-based, strategic, and enduring. It was the key link in the chain of events that ended Europe’s post-war division. We call for papers that analyze Solidarity’s historical, cultural, social, theoretical, and spiritual legacies. Accepted papers will be organized according to three themes: Solidarity’s place in the Cold War, its place in the social sciences, and its ideological heritage. Send abstracts and 100-word bio to the coordinator, Krzysztof.Brzechczyn@ipn.gov.pl by March 31.

Open call for Contributions to the Research Handbook on Law, Movements, and Social Change

Part of the Research Handbooks in Law & Society Series by Edward Elgar Publishing, edited by Austin Sarat and Rosemary Hunter

  • Editors:  Steve Boutcher (UMass Amherst), Corey Shdaimah (U of Maryland), and Michael Yarbrough (CUNY-John Jay)
  • Confirmed contributors: Lynette Chua, Ching-Fang Hsu, Salman Hussain, Filiz Kahramann, Tshepo Madlingozi, Michael McCann, Sindiso Mnisi Weeks, Anne Revillard, Atef Said, Mihaela Serban, Rachel Seoighe, Danish Sheikh, Farrah Tek, Viviane Weitzner

In these unsettled times, the study of law and social movements provides an ideal lens for rethinking fundamental questions about the relationship between law and power. This Handbook takes up that challenge, using this historical moment as an opportunity to frame a new, more global and dynamic phase of law and social movement studies.

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Chair’s Message

Tina Fetner, McMaster University

How are we supposed to teach our courses, complete our studies and write up our findings when so much collective action and social change is going on all around us? Impeachment hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives. Climate strikes mobilizing hundreds of thousands of demonstrators around the world. White nationalists and other right-wing extremists gathering strength in online forums. As scholars of collective behavior and social movements, we may have trouble catching our breath at times, but at least we will never be bored.

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CBSM Events at ASA 2019

This list includes the sessions and events sponsored by the Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section at the annual ASA meeting in New York City. It also includes thematic sessions that have a CBSM focus. The CBSM-sponsored events are noted with asterisks. The theme for this year’s conference, “Engaging Social Justice for a Better World,” has much to do with activism, movements, and organizing, so many other sections are offering sessions that may be of interest to CBSM members—there were too many to list here! We encourage you to view the full program at: https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/asa/asa19/

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Contention supports CBSM

Berghahn Journals is supporting the 2019 reception for the members of the Collective Behavior and Social Movements section of the American Sociological Association. Berghahn publishes Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, a journal dedicated to research on social protest, collective action and contentious politics. Contention’s mission is to bridge scholarly divides and promote knowledge exchange across a diverse audience of scholars in the social sciences and humanities. Editors: Benjamin Abrams, University of Cambridge and Giovanni A. Travaglino, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

If you are a member of the American Sociological Association, you can get full access to Contention through August 31st.

Interface: a journal for and about social movements

Volume eleven, issue one of Interface, a peer-reviewed online journal produced and refereed by social movement practitioners and engaged movement researchers, is now out. Interface is open-access (free), global and multilingual. The overall aim is to “learn from each other’s struggles”: to develop a dialogue between practitioners and researchers, but also between different social movements, intellectual traditions and national or regional contexts.

Like all issues of Interface, this issue is free and open-access. You can download articles individually or a complete PDF of the issue (4.29 MB). This issue of Interface includes 259 pages and 14 pieces.

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Symposium: Corporate Power and Local Democracy

Just out from the Journal of World-Systems Research is a symposium on corporate power and local democracy that deals centrally with the role of community-based movements in confronting global capitalism. The six essays featured in the symposium consider specific community conflicts with corporations over water and petro-carbon as part of larger translocal struggles, and address up broader strategies for asserting democratic control over economic life. This symposium was edited by Ben Manski and includes contributions from Jackie Smith, Theo Lequesne, Richard Flacks, Caitlin Schroering, Thomas Hanna, Barry Feldman and Mason Herson-Hurd.

See JW-SR 25:1 at: https://jwsr.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/jwsr/issue/view/74