Call for papers: Resistance and radical movements: Is ‘an other Europe’ possible?


Panel proposal for the Council for European Studies (CES) conference, Iceland, June 22-24, 2020.

Deadline Oct 7

Resistance and radical movements: Is ‘an other Europe’ possible?

Utopian and dystopian imaginaries have long been at the core of radical social movements. Communist utopias, nuclear annihilation, environmental catastrophes, economic collapse, and pious ethics have all nurtured radical movements, motivated the creation of new communities and subcultures, as well as fueled resistance. The goal of this panel is to analyze how different forms of radical activist movements in Europe may be confronting dystopian scenarios but are prefiguring utopian futures. We are especially interested in social justice movements whose methods and visions are challenging the authority and legitimacy of the state.


Possible topics include but are not limited to: the effectiveness of various resistance strategies against the state and capitalism, cooptation and repression of radical movements, the potential for alternative visions of society to come alive, the degree to which movements are embracing ethnic and other forms of diversity, and how radical activists in Europe are making connections with those in the global South. We also welcome papers on specific cases such as the “gilets jaunes,” climate justice movements, cooperatives and anti-austerity struggles, occupation struggles, postcolonial minority movements, migrant support and refugee-welcome groups.

Please submit paper proposals by October 7 to

Fareen Parvez, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Stellan Vinthagen, Professor of Sociology and Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Professor of Sociology at University of Gothenburg