History Matters

CFP: New School for Social Research

History Matters: Social Movements Past, Present, and Future
Spring Conference: Saturday May 3rd, 2003

Call for Papers

From democratizing forces to new forms of legitimate representation, social movements have been attributed multiple, disparate, and frequently conflicting roles in the changes occurring in social, cultural, political, and economic systems. The increasing complexity of these roles challenges the limits implied by theoretical premises raising such questions as:

  • Is the distinction between labor and social movements still necessary?
  • What is the relation between historical context and the formation of social movements?
  • How does social movement theory address issues of race, class, gender, labor, and the environment?
  • What is the relation between academics, particularly social scientists, and social movements?

The Sixth Annual Sociology and Historical Studies Joint Student Conference at the New School for Social Research invites you to participate in the ongoing debate over the future of social movements, the role they have played in the past, and the ways through which they continue to challenge our notions of change. Topics to be addressed include but are not limited to social movements in historical context, the impact of globalization on social movements, developments in new social movement theory, the relationships between identity construction and social movements, and the influence social movements have on the demand for participatory democracy.

The conference is open to senior scholars and graduate students alike. Those wishing to present must submit abstracts of approximately 500 words and a curriculum vitae by March 1st, 2003. All abstracts and CVs can be sent to the email or address below.

Committee on Historical Studies, the Sociology Department at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, and International Labor and Working-Class History journal 65 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Contact information:

Joseph Julius Varga
c/o Committee on Historical Studies
80 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Email: ILWCH@newschool.edu