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Monday 12 December 14-16, Rooom F417, Department of Sociology
Carl Cassegård: Protest and Bracketing: The Relation between Public Sphere and Public Space

"What is the relation between the ideas of public space and the public sphere? Is the idea of public space is a better starting point for a radical politics, open to the participation of marginalized groups, than that of the public sphere? The activism of homeless people lends support to such a view".
Ask Carl for the paper: carl.cassegard@sociology.gu.se

The upcoming seminar of the Emotions group will be a joint seminar with the Social Movements group (CSM). See details below.

21 October, 15-17 F417
Åsa Wettergren: Laughing Saints and Righteous Heroes – Erica Summers Effler’s study on how movements sustain commitment in spite of ‘no success’ (making use of Collins)

I will write a review on this book so there might even be a short paper to distribute when we get closer to the date.


Thursday 13 October 13.15-15

Space for Urban Alternatives? Christiania 1971-2011
Room D203 OBS!

Håkan Thörn, Cathrin Wasshede (Department of Sociology) and Tomas Nilson (Department of History) presents their new book.
Discussants: Carl Cassegård and Linda Soneryd, Department of Sociology
The book is available for free download at: http://gupea.ub.gu.se/handle/2077/26558


How to study transnational social movements
A networking workshop for social movement researchers

28-29 September 2011 at Campus Haga, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Keynote speakers:
Donatella della Porta (European University Institute)
Geoffrey Pleyers (University of Louvain)

The workshop is organised by
Gothenburg Centre for Globalization and Development (GCGD)

in cooperation with
Centre for Social Movement Research

University of Gothenburg
Contact: Christoph Haug, haug@gu.se, tel: 46 31 786 4798

Workshop description

This workshop is the first major undertaking of the newly founded Centre for Social Movement Research (CSM) at the University of Gothenburg. The aim of this workshop is twofold: networking and reflection on the transnational condition:

Networking: The workshop should be a space for social movement researchers to learn about each other’s work, to discover common interests, and to assess opportunities for future collaborations. We want to create an opportunity to exploit the strength of the loose and widely meshed network ties among social movement scholars. While we expect many participants to come from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland, we also encourage our colleagues from other countries to join us and make the meeting as transnational as possible.

Transnationalism: The theme that will guide us through the workshop is the transnational condition under which especially contemporary social movements operate and which shapes not only the activists but also the perspective of the researchers engaging with them. We want to open a space to reflect on the limits and constraints of this “transnationalism” and to discuss different approaches to the transnational (or even global) dimension. Our keynote speakers will provoke such discussion with their differing approaches to transnational movements.

Keynote speakers

Donatella della Porta (European University Institute): ”How to study transnational social movements: A pluralist methodological perspective”
Geoffrey Pleyers (University of Louvain): “Alter-Globalization and global movements: A Tourainian perspective”


The workshop starts at 12:00 on Wednesday, 28 September and ends the following day at 17:00.

CSM workshop programCSM Workshop parallel sessions schedule   (Note, the schedule might change)


28 September 2011

On the first day, we will first engage with our keynote speakers and then move to a more informal setting where every participant will get an opportunity to briefly present themselves and their research interests or current projects. The following dinner then allows for like-minded people to get together for more in depth conversations about their shared interests.

Wednesday 28 September, 13.15-14.30
Room: Husaren, Department of Sociology, Sprängkullsgatan 25

Geoffrey Pleyers, University of Louvain:
"Alter-Globalization and global movements: A Tourainian perspective"

29 September 2011

The second day is dedicated to paper presentations by those participants who want to discuss their work (see below for details). In the concluding session, we will ask the keynote speakers to draw some conclusions from the workshop and jointly discuss results and possible ways forward.

Thursday 29 September 14.30-15.30
Room: D205/6, Department of Sociology, Sprängkullsgatan 25

Donatella della Porta
, European University Institute:
"How to study transnational social movements: A pluralist methodological perspective"

How to participate

There is no participation fee. Tea, Coffee, and Snacks are provided free of charge during the workshop. The conference dinner as well as accommodation and travel costs have to be covered by each participant individually (please note that we cannot provide any travel grants). The workshop language will be English.

If you would like to participate, please register before 15 June 2011 by sending an email with your name, affiliation (if applicable), and your main research interests to Christoph (haug@gu.se). Please put “CSM workshop” in the subject line.
If you would like to present a paper, please state so in your email and include the title and abstract (max 300 words) of your paper. Depending on how many people want to present, we might have to make a selection because of the limited presentation ‘slots’ available. In any case, we will notify you before 1 July.
We will also circulate practical information regarding accommodation and transport to all registered participants in due time.


Christoph Haug (University of Gothenburg), haug@gu.se, tel: 46 31 786-4798

Website of CSM: http://www.sociology.gu.se/english/research/research_groups/csm/

The workshop is financed by the Gothenburg Centre for Research on Globalization and Development (GCGD): http://www.gcgd.gu.se/


Tuesday 13 September14.15-15.30
F417, Department of Sociology, Skanstorget 18
Evelina Dagnino, University of Campinas, S. Paulo, Brazil:
"Civil society and Social Movements in Democratizing Brazil'
Evelina Dagnino has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University, USA, and is a Full Professor of Political Science at the University of Campinas, S. Paulo, Brazil. She has several books and articles published in several countries, most recently the chapter 'Civil Society in Latin America', in Oxford hHanbook on Civil Society (2011).


Tuesday 14 June

At 14:00, F417 (Department of Sociology, Skanstorget 18)

Christoph Haug: The 'politics of the poor' in South Africa as a contribution to a theory of democratic justice in the context of 'global apartheid'

Tuesday 17 May
At 13:30 F318, Department of Sociology,Skanstorget 18

Recoding Industry Rationality for User Empowerment? Understanding the Intellectual Property Activism of Peer-to-Peer Service Providers Anna Maria Szczepanska & Kristoffer Schollin , Dept of Sociology & Dept of Applied IT University of Gothenburg.

Thursday 21 April
At 15.15-16.30
F417, Department of Sociology, Skanstorget 18
Gina Vargas: "Constructing new democratic paradigms and new rights for global democracy: the contribution of feminisms".
Virginia Vargas, sociologist, who majored in Political Science, is currently a guest researcher at the School of Global Studies. She is one of the best well known feminists in Latin America. She founded the Center for the Peruvian Women "Flora Tristán" in 1978 where she continues working to the present. Among her publications are: The Triangle of Empowerment , The Road to Beijing (1998), El movimiento feminista en el horizonte político peruano, Ediciones Flora Tristán. Lima (2007)- Vargas was the Latin American and Caribbean NGOs' Coordinator to the NGO Forum held in September, 1995, on occasion of the Fourth World UN Conference on Women in Beijing. In Beijing, Vargas received a UNIFEM Award.

Tuesday 26 April
At 15.15-16.30, F417, Department of Sociology, Skanstortget 18
Peter Waterman: 'How to Study Transnational Labour Movements: Another International Labour Studies Is Possible.'

Peter Waterman is currently a guest researcher at GCGD and the Department of Sociology. Amongst his publications are 'Globalisation, Social Movements and the New Internationalisms' (London, 1998), 'Los nuevos tejidos nerviosos del internacionalismo y la solidaridad' (Lima, 2007), 'World Social Forum: Challenging Empires' (co-edited, New Delhi, 2004).

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