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(en) Portugal, Lisbon, Call for papers for anarchist historiography panel at Feb. 27 2008 European Conference

Date Mon, 25 Dec 2006 20:47:03 +0200

From Wednesday, February 27 up to and including Saturday March 1, 2008, the European Social Sciences History Conference will take place in Lisbon, Portugal at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon. We plan to organize a panel on new ways to research anarchism and revolutionary syndicalism and herewith invite researchers to participate. Traditionally, the historiography of anarchism has focused on the history of ideas, individual protagonists, and organizations. The class composition of anarchism and syndicalism has occupied a central place, as has the geography of the movement. Some authors have paid attention to gender and race, or to a cultural analysis of the movement. Much of the research has been sympathetic, many stressing the importance of movements in the past, and/or their relevance for the present.

Nonetheless, methodological issues have received limited explicit attention. Of particular interest are the following issues :

- linking socio-economic, political, ideological, and cultural approaches ;
- the role of local, regional and transnational factors ;
- social and economic factors that facilitate or constrain anarchist and syndicalist movements ;
- and, finally, the relevance of other literatures, such as > social movement theory, network analysis and discourse analysis.

The proposed panel will look at these issues, focusing less on accounts of anarchist and syndicalist movements, than on the means to study them.

Before February 27, 2007 synopses of papers should be sent to:

Bert Altena
Faculty of History, Arts and Media
Erasmus University Rotterdam
altena [at] fhk.eur.nl

Lucien van der Walt
Department of Sociology
School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Humanities
University of the Witwatersrand
vanderwaltl [at] social.wits.ac.za
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