2012 Conference

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Department of Politics at the New School for Social Research

Annual Graduate Student Conference presents:

New Political Movements: Local and Global Perspectives
April 20-21, 2012

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Keynote Roundtable 

Hamid Dabashi
Todd Gitlin
Drucilla Cornell
Moderator: Tarak Barkawi

Roundtable: Activism On The Ground

Melissa Gira Grant
Nicolas Grau
Steve Lambert
Yotam Marom
Moderator: Deva Woodly

Roundtable: Perspectives on Student Occupations

Adrian Totten
Cecily McMillan
Richard Roberts
Dan Boscov-Ellen
Sophie Lewis
Moderator: Jeremy Varon



Kelly Bauer
George Washington University
“Setting An Example: The Chilean Government’s Experience Processing Mapuche Land Requests”

Eloy Fisher
“The energy and commodity politics of indigenous resistance in Latin America: The Ngabe-Bugles' struggle in Panama”

Leslie Finger
Harvard University
“Exploring the Roots of the Chilean Winter: How Salient Issue Discontent Shapes Political Participation”

Cristian-Alarcon Ferrari
Cornell University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
“Crises of Capitalism and the Historical Making of Social-Ecological Movements: Labor, Ecology, Peasants’ Prefigurative Politics and Contemporary Struggles in the South American Countryside”

Mariana Assis
“Framing the right to housing: a social movement confronts the state”

Discussant: Marina Sitrin


H Howell Williams
“Standing Athwart the Tea Party, Yelling Stop: Gauging the Tea Party through the National Review

Edward Colin Ruggero
“A City and Its Occupation: Occupy Philly, Punk Participation and the Importance of ‘Context and Content’ in Social Movement Studies”

Bryan Carter
“Privilege By Another Name: A Critical Race Theory Critique of the Kony 2012 Movement”

Discussant: David Plotke


Jordanco Jovanoski
“Revolution and Repetition: Theoretical Remarks on Revolution as an Idea”

Brendan Flynn
“Revolt, Revolution and the Leftist Imaginary”

Richard Roberts
“Occupation: An Act of Citizenship”

Robert Glass
Binghamton University
“Revolution on Whose Terms? The Role of the Academy in Defining Revolution in Light of the Arab Spring, Ali Shariati and Jalal Al-e Ahmad”

Discussant: Richard J. Bernstein


Stephanie d’Arc Taylor
“Egyptian Pan-Arabism?: From Nasser to the ‘Revolution of the Youth’”

Olivia Stransky
Sampsonia Way Magazine
“The Stage Is My Gun: The Cultural Intifada of Juliano Mer-Khamis”

Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi
“Enough is Enough: A case study of Women’s Activism in Iran”

Anshul Jain
Boston University
“Pamphlets, Cassettes and Smartphones: Civil Society, Political Opposition and the Incarnations of New Media in Iran”

William Cotter
Georgia State University
“Silence in the Wake of an Arab Spring”

Discussant: Cathy Schneider


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The Union for Political Science Students of the New School for Social Research cordially invites projects on the topic of New Political Movements.
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 

New Email and Submission Deadline:
Interested participants, at all levels of their academic career, should submit approximately 300-word abstracts by 25 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:
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Tomer Haim Zeigerman,
Apr 17, 2012, 7:10 PM