Rebellion, revolution and resistance in the twentieth century

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Newcastle University

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Rebellion, revolution and resistance in the twentieth century: Social movements, class and political violence

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With thanks for generous support from the Society for the Study of Labour History, the Labour and Society Research Strand, and the Royal Historical Society.

This two-day workshop will take place in the Armstrong Building at Newcastle University on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 October 2019. It is free to attend and open to all.

Writing in 2006, Jim Smyth argued that ‘social movement theory and research have tended to focus upon middle-class and peaceable movements in advanced industrial societies. In general, movements with a nationalistic, ethnic or religious dimension have been ignored’. This two-day workshop follows Smyth’s call to scholars to connect the intellectual field of social movement theory with studies of actors and organisations with more radical objectives, tactics, and strategies.

This two-day workshop will:

- Situate radical social movements (violent and non-violent) in domestic and transnational contexts, throughout the twentieth century and in the contemporary world;

- Link concepts from social movement theory with case studies spanning radicalism in labour, feminist, and nationalist movements;

- Explore how protest and contention around class, gender, race, and ethnonationalities intersect and interact;

- Elaborate understandings of global cycles of contestation between the micro-dynamics of contention and broader historical processes;

- Consider the tensions in commemoration and memory of radical social movements;

- Examine legacy issues in post-conflict societies where experiences of class and place remain contentious;

- Raise potential for larger collaborative research projects between colleagues in Newcastle and speakers working on radical social movements, political violence, and legacies and memory of conflict.

The workshop will feature 10 papers from postgraduate research students working on diverse social movements worldwide, and two keynotes from world leaders in their respective studies. Professor Sarah Waters (University of Leeds) offers expertise in post-1968 social movements, globalisation, and neoliberalism (https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/languages/staff/150/professor-sarah-waters). Professor Niall Ó Dochartaigh (National University of Ireland, Galway) has research interests in conflict, negotiation, and new technologies (https://www.nuigalway.ie/our-research/people/political-science-and-sociology/niallodochartaigh/).

Themes of the workshop include, but are not limited to:

- Networks and transnational activism;

- Political violence;

- Class and labour movements;

- Mobilisation;

- Radicalism;

- Nationalism;

- Feminism;

- Reformism and counter-revolution;

- Researching and writing activism;

- Memory and commemoration.

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Armstrong Building

Armstrong Building

Newcastle University

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE1 8QB

United Kingdom

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