Mise-à-jour : La date limite est reportée au 14 octobre 2015 / Update: The deadline is extended to October 14, 2015

Le Collectif de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la contestation (CRIC), basé à Montréal, appelle à la soumission de communications pour son panel intitulé «Mouvements sociaux et pratiques d’autonomie : Défis contemporains» qui se tiendra durant le 24e Congrès mondial de l’Association internationale de science politique (AISP), à Istanbul, en Turquie, du 23 au 28 juillet 2016. La date limite pour soumettre des propositions, initialement le 7 octobre, a été reportée au 14 octobre 2015.

The Montreal based Collectif de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la contestation (CRIC) calls for paper submissions for its panel entitled “Social Movements and Practices of Autonomy: Contemporary Challenges” to be held during the International Political Science Association (IPSA)’s 24th World Congress, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 23-28th 2016. Paper authors have until October 14 to submit their proposals

From local economic initiatives such as systems of local exchanges and eco-villages, to experiences of transformative justice, social housing, food sovereignty or environmental and climate justice, autonomous practices can be understood as subversive alternatives to the state’s and market’s capacities to address growing economic and social inequalities. Even if they generally develop in a zone of informality, these initiatives are no longer marginal: North American and West European societies have witnessed a growth of autonomous experiences since the turn of the new millennium and Southern societies have been at the heart of renewed autonomous activism, notably through experiences such as the broad Via Campesina or Zapatistas networks.

A reflection on the practices of autonomy as undertaken today by social movements is therefore a fertile analytical task. Having in common a commitment for self-determination and self-organization, such initiatives move away from a claims-based approach to politics, rather engaging with concrete experimentations of social change. They open spaces where a diversity of social relations of power is questioned and where multiple institutional sources of domination are confronted, fostering new identities and communities. For one thing, these initiatives question the legitimacy of state intervention in a context of weak and weaker States -both in the North and the South- and, more generally, the relationship of social actors to institutional or conventional politics in different political systems. On another hand, these initiatives confront more routinized modes of protest in the collective action repertoire, such as demonstrations or petitions. From these various standpoints, they are good entry points to understand recent political and social transformations.

This panel will explore the dynamics of autonomous practices (emergence, continuity and effects) in various regions of the world and at different scales. It intends to address questions related to the nature, scope and limits of autonomous initiatives today: What forms do autonomous practices take and how are they embedded in local and national contexts? Despite their autonomous stance, how do these initiatives develop in relation to existing state and market structures? How do they relate to other institutions, such as family, school or church? How do social actors practicing autonomy interact with other social actors aiming at social transformation but that choose different strategic paths, for example investing party politics? Have recent events such as the latest world economic crisis or the ecological impass impacted practices of autonomy by social movements? Both empirical and theoretical contributions are welcomed.

Paper authors have until October 7th to submit their proposals. Visit the Paper Submission page of IPSA’s web page for detailed information.