AFPP Roundtable: The Futures of Social Movement Research

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3.30-5.50pm, Tues 8th June 2021, online via Zoom

What are the challenges facing protest and movement scholarship? How can we study mobilization and contentious politics in the Global South? How will the challenges facing movements today affect the activism that we will see tomorrow? What tools and sources can researchers and activists draw on to record, analyze, and publicize mobilization?

To answer these and more questions, Simin Fadaee will chair a discussion among a group of protest scholars drawn from sociology and political science. As well as hearing from our panelists, we will also ask the audience to share their perspectives on the future directions of social movement research.

NB This roundtable is part of the AFPP 2021 conference, and only open to AFPP delegates.

Roundtable Speakers

Kate Alexander is a professor of sociology at the University of Johannesburg where she holds the South African Research Chair in Social Change. She is currently working on Covid and Civil Society in South Africa and protests in Africa.
Diana Fu is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and a fellow at Brookings, the Wilson Center, and the National Committee on US-China Relations. She is author of the award-winning book, Mobilizing without the Masses (Cambridge, 2017). She studies contentious politics, civil society, and state control in contemporary China.
Mohammad Ali Kadivar is Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies in Boston College. His work contributes to political and comparative historical sociology by exploring the interactions between protest, organization, political regimes, development, and inequality. Kadivar’s academic work has been published in journals such as the American Sociological ReviewSocial ForcesComparative PoliticsMobilization, and Socius.
Neil Ketchley is a political scientist at the University of Oslo. From September, he will be Associate Professor in Politics at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. His most recent book, Egypt in a Time of Revolution (Cambridge 2017) won the 2018 Charles Tilly Award. Neil’s research on protest and activism has been published in journals such as American Political Science ReviewJournal of Politics, and Mobilization. He is currently completing a book manuscript on the 1919 Egyptian Revolution.
Sidney Tarrow is the Emeritus Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government at Cornell University and Adjunct Professor at the Cornell Law School. He came to Cornell in 1973, with a PhD from Berkeley and after teaching at Yale. His most recent books are Power in Movement (third edition, Cambridge, 2011), Strangers at the Gates (Cambridge 2012), The Language of Contention (Cambridge 2013), and War, States, and Contention (Cornell 2015). He has recently co-edited (with David S. Meyer) The Resistance: The Dawn of the Anti-Trump Opposition Movement (Oxford, 2018). His forthcoming book, Movements and Parties (Cambridge 2021) is a historical and comparative analysis of the interactions between social movements and parties during five critical junctures of American history.