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October 22, 2012

CFP Conference: Grassroots in the City: Urban Movements and Activism in Central and Eastern Europe

Deadline: December 1, 2012

Södertörn University, Sweden
May 24-25, 2013

The conference seeks to gather researchers working in the field of social movements and civic activism in the urban environment of Central and Eastern Europe. The aim is to discuss the prerequisites for, and forms of, collective action in cities in this social context.

Papers are invited on:
- urban activism concerning housing or homelessness, the local and urban environment, energy and other public services or other neighbourhood initiatives and mobilizations;
- the creative appropriation and use of public space in the city for claim-making, resistance, manifesting or living utopias or making the city a more hospitable place to live;
- attempts to theorize the structural forces, systemic contradictions and social tensions to which the grassroots mobilizations respond, or the city in the intersection of local and global forces and the role of civil society in the shaping of the life of the city.

We also invite a discussion of whether established theories are adequate and sufficient to deal with the specificities of the CEE region and collective action there, and the types of theory development that are required.

The full CFP can be downloaded at: http://webappl.web.sh.se/p3/ext/res.nsf/vRes/cbees_engelsk_grassroots_in_the_city_pdf/$File/Grassroots%20in%20the%20City.pdf

Posted by jychai at October 22, 2012 12:09 PM