[knowledgelab] CfP: New Political Movements // New School, April 20-21

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New Political Movements: Local and Global Perspectives
New School for Social Research NYC April 20-21, 2012

The Union for Political Science Students of the New School for Social
Research cordially invites projects on the topic of New Political
An analysis of the geopolitics of the past year reveals manifold shifts in
governance, ideology, and political identity. The chief agents of this
global wave of change are forging new political movements that continue to
rock the Middle East, North Africa, Southern Europe, the United States,
Chile, Russia, and beyond. Peaceful demonstrations and violent uprisings
necessitate a revaluation of the traditional relationships between states
and people. These urgent and still-unfolding global phenomena present a
singular opportunity for social scientists and political activists to
reckon with them in dynamic new ways that stand to shake established
disciplinary foundations within and outside of academia. But before we can
bring these trends and events into dialogue with each other, each emerging
political movement must be understood on its own terms. The time is ripe
for a conference with the explicit goal of bringing together academics and
activists examining these new political movements along diverse
disciplinary horizons.
As a department and university with a strong history of engaging with the
theory and practice of critique, we encourage submissions that seek a
critical understanding of new political movements. The conference is open
to all opinions and political positions. We also encourage non-essay
projects such as workshops, performances, art pieces, and contributions
from outside of academia.

Possible panels include (but are not limited to):
1 – Revolt, Revolution, or Other?
2 – Diversity in New Political Movements
3 – Methods of Organization
4 – Academia in Political Movements
5 – Religion in Political Movements
6 – After the Fall: Transitional Governments and Power-Sharing Agreements
7 – Violence and Political Movements
8 – Between the Social and the Political: Alternative Political Communities
9 – Theorizing Praxis and Practicing Theory

Interested participants, at all levels of their academic career, should
submit approximately 300-word abstracts by 18 MARCH 2012. Submissions for
panels of 2-3 people are also welcome. Those selected to present will be
asked to submit final copies of their papers no later than two weeks prior
to the conference. In your cover letter or email, please include: name,
affiliation, and contact information.

To submit or request additional information, please email:
upssconference at gmail.com

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