Call for Papers

Fourth International Conference Strikes and Social Conflicts: crises of capitalism, new and old forms of protest – São Paulo, July 2018

4th Nov 2017

Fourth International Conference Strikes and Social Conflicts: crises of
capitalism, new and old forms of protest


*10-13 July, 2018*


The Fourth International Conference on Strikes and Social Conflicts will
be held at the University of São Paulo in July 10-13, 2018. Its purpose
is to discuss the proliferation of protests in contexts of capitalist
crisis. In these contexts, the articulation between labor conflicts and
other social conflicts becomes more evident; Ethnic, gender and
generational issues become more complex and renew interest in collective
mobilizations, carrying theoretical and analytical challenges to

The relationship between crisis and protest is not only established in
the present but goes back to the past and points to the future. How do
recurring crises of capitalism, which not only have an economic but also
a political and ideological dimension, impact strikes and social
conflicts? In what way do they affect capital-labor relations, urban and
ruraldemands, gender, ethnic and national identities, strugglesaround
sexual orientation, or environmental issues?

These and other issues can be discussed from different disciplinary
areas and theoretical traditions, covering a diversity of movements,
historical times and territories.


*1. Working groups *

*I. Protests against the economic, political and ideological crisis*

The relationship between protests and crises, past and present.The
causes of the protests and their short- and long-term impacts in
contexts of crisis. The main requests, the repertoires of collective
action and the actors mobilized, on a local and a global scale. The
popular resistances and the reactions of the right.The growth of
conservative movements.

*II. Urban social movements*

The configuration of the city and the problems of urban life.
Neighborhoodand  housing (homelessness, squatting) movements, for the
improvement of public services, against the eviction of populations,
against the genocide of populations. The role of youth in urban movements.

*III. Peasant struggles and rural mobilizations*

Analysis of social conflicts in the countryside. Disputes over land and
access to natural resources (water, gas, minerals, seeds, plants)
involving landless populations, rural workers, landowners. The struggles
against the expropriation and control of the common goods by the
market.The reactions of the agrarian bourgeoisie.

*IV. Ethnic and national identities and social conflicts*

How social conflicts shape and transform identities over time. Ethnic
uprisings against colonialism and “criole” oppression, indigenous
struggles for self-determination, for plurinational states and land
demarcation, black movement struggles for the recognition of civil,
political and social rights.

*V. Migratory processes and social conflicts*

The impact of migratory processes on the social structure.The emergence
and transformation of conflicts.Analysis of the dynamics of
socio-cultural integration, the construction of ghettos, xenophobia,
racism, etc.

*VI. Sexual orientation and gender identity movements*

The emergence of feminist organizations and discourses, the lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender movements, their debates and their
relationship with other social movements.

*VII. The emergence and transformation of protest in socialist states*

The experience of protests in Eastern European countries, as well as in
other socialist states.Their characteristics and particularities in
seemingly “classless” societies.

*VIII. Social movements and political change*

The interaction between social movements and political transformations
during periods of transition from dictatorship to democracy or in
revolutionary processes.

*IX. Environmental protests*

The struggle for the preservation of the environment, its relation with
economic policy, with cultural traditions and identities.

*X.  Labor conflicts and trade unionism*

Union conceptions and strategies, strikes and other forms of labor
conflict, protests of precarious and disorganized workers, the role of
women and youth in labor conflicts.


*2. Rules for the submission of papers and important deadlines*

*There are two types of registration:*

*1. Individual communication*

*2. Round tables: collective registration of 3 or 4 communications*

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*The deadline for submission of proposals is 30 November 2017*. The
proposal should be sent to:
<>, with the following
information: personal data (name, surname, institutional affiliation,
email) and an indication of the work group in which you want to enter
your proposal (this also applies to the round tables). Eventually, the
Organizing Committee may reshuffle the distribution of the proposal from
one group to another.

The researcher interested in attending the conference should provide a
summary of up to 4,000 characters. In the case of the registration of
round tables, the organizer of the table should present a summary of all
the communications (within the limit of 4,000 characters each), together
with the data of their authors, in a single file. He or she should also
include the title of the round table, as well as a description of its
purposes (within 500 characters). Whether in individual or round-table
inscriptions, we encourage proposals that combine theoretical and
empirical perspectives, avoiding simple description of cases or abstraction.

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*The disclosure of accepted proposals will be communicated on January
20, 2018. The deadline for submitting the complete text of the
communications expires on March 15, 2018.*

The text of the communication, whether individually or as part of a
round table, should contain between 24 and 40 thousand characters
(including spaces and notes), making a maximum of ten pages, in times
new roman 12, space 1.5, margins 2.5. The text of the work should
clearly define the topic to be examined, the methodology used in the
research, present its theses and arguments and explain the debate
(theoretical, historiographical or political) in which the work is
inserted. Unsent communications will not be included in the event’s
schedule, will not be published in the annals and will not have the
right to presentation or a certificate.

*The act of submission of work in a work group or in a round table will
imply the payment of a fee, which has the purposeof enabling the
organization of the congress:*

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*Important notices:*

1) A researcher may submit up to two papers in the event and each of
them may have a maximum of three co-authors.

2) The rates described above are charged for work, not for author /
researcher. In case of co-authorship, the fee will be charged according
to the condition of the researcher with the highest degree.

3) In the case of a round table, the fee will be charged according to
the professional situation of the table coordinator.

4) The payment of the submission fee must be made through the Pay Pal:

5) Paper submissions must be done through the site: ……

*3. Deadlines and registration fees*

*Participants with accepted papers and attenders who wish to receive
certificates*must, upon receipt of acceptance of their registration,
complete payment for their participation in the conference.

The registration fees are individual, according to the values and
deadlines below:



*Option 1*

*TillMarch 30, 2018*


*Option 2*

*Till June 30, 2018*

*The payment of the registration fee in the event must be done by Pay
Pal: …….*

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*4. Information about hosting and the location of the event*

In due course, the organizing committee will release information to
facilitate the trip to Brazil and stay in the city of São Paulo.

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*5. Scientific committee*

AndréiaGalvão (Department of Political Science, Unicamp)

Bryan Palmer, Trent University (Canada)

Marcel van der Linden, International Institute of Social History (IISH,

NicolásIñigo Carrera (University of Buenos Aires/PIMSA)

Paula Marcelino (Sociology Department, USP)

Paulo Terra (History Department, Federal Fluminense University)

RanaBehal (University of Delhi)

Raquel Varela (PPGH- Federal Fluminense University; IHC- Lisbon New
University, IISH)

      6. Organizing committee

AndréiaGalvão (Department of Political Science, Unicamp)

NicolásIñigo Carrera (University of Buenos Aires/PIMSA)

Paula Marcelino (Sociology Department, USP)

Paulo Terra (History Department,Federal Fluminense University)

Raquel Varela (PPGH- Federal Fluminense University; IHC- Lisbon New
University, IISH)