AFPP 2023 Call for Papers

Alternative Futures & Popular Protest

AFPP 2023, 12-14th June, Manchester, UK We are delighted to announce that the 2023 conference will be held in person. We look forward to welcoming delegates to Manchester for the first time in three years, with all of the informal socialising, organising, and collaborating that that format entails. Whilst the costs of an in-person conference are necessarily higher than an online conference, we value the inclusivity and diversity of AFPP. As such, we have sought to keep registration fees as low as possible.

We invite offers of papers relevant to the broad conference theme. We also invite proposals for full panels (4-5 speakers), which might address such matters as:

  • contemporary or historical movements and protests from any global region
  • theories of social movements, labour movements and revolution
  • utopias, experiments in alternative living and everyday politics
  • ideologies, imaginaries and strategies of collective action
  • opposition to discrimination and confrontations with capitalism, patriarchy or coloniality

To offer a paper, please send a title, abstract (max 300 words) and 4-6 keywords to the organisers via the abstract submission form.

If you would like to propose a panel, please include a panel title and lead organiser, as well as full details for individual papers via the panel submission form. We would normally expect a panel to comprise 3-5 papers presented for up to 15 minutes each in a 90 minute session. If you would like to discuss alternative formats, please get in touch via:

If your abstract is accepted we will also ask you to supply a written paper in advance of the conference, which will be distributed to all participants. Ideally, this would take the form of a fully-referenced working paper, of 6-8,000 words in length in MS Word .docx, Adobe .pdf or compatible format. However, some speakers have submitted different kinds of documents in the past (e.g. extended notes; powerpoint slideshows and so on). We are open to the submission of such documents instead of a working paper as long as they successfully communicate the main argument and evidence base for your paper to a scholarly audience and without the need for specialist software.


  • Receipt of abstracts: 11 April 2023. 
  • Please do not email abstracts, use the submission form instead. We aim to respond by 24 April.
  • Registration will be open from late April with a deadline of 29 May.
  • Submissions of papers or other written materials, which is optional, will be accepted until 5 June.

These are final dates. The earlier we receive abstracts, and actual papers, the better.

For queries by email:

The AFPP 2023 Organising Committee are Garance Clement, Gemma Edwards, Simin Fadaee, Kevin Gillan, Ivette Hernandez Santibañez, Morgan Powell, Meghan Tinsley, Daniela Fazio Vargas and Luke Yates