CFP From Multitudes to Crowds in Social Movements (Lisbon)

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
From Multitude to Crowds in Social Movements – publics, gatherings, networks and media in the 21th century
Lisbon, 26-27 January 2015
Co-organized by CECL/CECC
hosted by the Catholic University of Portugal

The International Conference “From Multitude to Crowds in Social Movements – publics, gatherings, networks and media in the 21th century” aims to discuss media relevance on present-day social movements and if and how collective action is being transformed in contemporary mediatized societies (Adolf, 2011; Burton, 2010). How should we think the relation between mediatization and public experience? What is the symbolic meaning attached to the occupation of public spaces such as streets, plazas or official premises? How do social movements’ commitment to change (Tilly, 1977) use social media to establish a unified system of belief? How do they relate to the “crisis of representation” in contemporary social and political systems? What is the place of crowds in social movements? What is the relation between multitudes, crowds and publics? How do publics engage in “public action regimes” (Cefaï and Pasquier, 2003)? How are Sociology, Political Science and Communication Sciences reacting to the new developments in social organization and public expression?

This two-day event brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines such as Communication Sciences, Sociology or Political Science to bring an updated perspective on the ways notions of multitude, crowds, social movements and media intersect. It proposes to study social movements repertoires and how social groups are led to adapt, improvise and invent new ones, under the social constraints imposed by the use or presence of media.

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. Christian Borch (Copenhagen Business School, CBS, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy); Dr. Erik Neveu (Sciences Po Rennes) Dr. Gustavo Cardoso (ISCTE- Lisbon Universitary Institute) Dr. João Carlos Correia (University of Beira Interior)

A Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Conference comprehending the following keywords:
Social Movements Studies; Media Studies; Political Communication; Social Networks; Media Events; Public Sphere; Social Movements Sociology; Sociology of the Publics; Crowds; Multitudes; Social Psychology; Social Policy and Law.

Official Language: English
Submission of Abstracts:
We welcome proposals of no more than 300 words, by August 31st 2014, including a title, abstract, four keywords, a short-bio and affiliation details. Send the proposals in RTF or PDF format to the following email: frommultitudetocrowds@gmail.com

Timeline
Submission of Abstracts Deadline: August 31st 2014
Notification on the Acceptance of the Abstract: October 1st 2014
Submission of Full Paper Deadline: December 15th 2014
Registration Fee:
Early-bird (until October 31st, 2014) – 80 Euros
Standard (from November to December 2014) – 130 Euros
Last Minute (January 2015) – 180 Euros
Undergraduate Students – 25 Euros

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