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3rd INSPR Conference: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Social Change, Protest, and Political Mobilisation

February 4, 2016 - February 5, 2016


3rd INSPR Conference

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Social Change, Protest, and Political Mobilisation

İstanbul Kemerburgaz University, Turkey

February 4th and 5th 2016

 We are pleased to invite you to the 3nd INSPR Conference at İstanbul Kemerburgaz University, Turkey. The conference will be held on February 4th-5th, 2016, with a Keynote address from Professor Dominic Abrams. Details about the second Keynote address will be added shortly.

The Conference

Social movements play an important role in political debates across the globe. From an academic point of view, the study of political mobilization and social change is subject to an extraordinary predisposition to cross-disciplinary fertilization. Our understanding of the phenomena is subordinate to our capacity to build theoretical paths among the different disciplines.

Continuing with INSPR’s tradition, the aims of this two-day conference are to explore political mobilisation from a variety of academic lenses and to further develop links between disciplines. We seek a broad range of contributions, including (but not limited to); sociology, law, psychology, politics, economics, cultural studies, history, geography, philosophy, literature, and film studies.

Proposals will be selected on the basis of their academic merit. Lines of research that interrogate different perspectives will be prioritised, although work conducted within the boundary of a single discipline is suitable for this meeting. Topics may include:

  • Past and present collective actions
  • Social and political theory
  • Motivation, mobilization, or outcomes
  • Methodology
  • Macro- and micro- processes
  • Art in and from protest
  • Legal or economic implications and considerations
  • Other related topics


To submit your proposal, please send an email to Deadline for submissions of presentations, poster or symposia is October 1st, 2015.

Oral Presentations and Posters

For oral presentations and posters, submission material should include:

  • A clear and concise title.
  • An abstract [300-500 words]. The abstract must clearly describe the theoretical background and the scope of the research. Empirical contributions must include specific details about the methodology and the conclusion.
  • 4 to 5 keywords.

For each author please clearly indicate name, academic affiliation (including University and Department) and email address.


Symposia must include between 4-6 presentations, or 4/5 presentations and 1 discussant.

The chair of the symposium must submit an abstract indicating the overall goals of the symposium and highlighting the specific theme of the talks.  The submission should also include an abstract for each presentation.

It is recommended that, if possible, symposia include presentations from a variety of academic backgrounds.

The abstract for the symposium must include:

  • Title of the symposium.
  • Abstract [max 600 words].
  • 4 to 5 keywords.

Please, clearly indicate name, academic affiliation (including University and Department) and email address of the chair and co-chair (if relevant) of the symposium.

Abstracts for the single talks must be prepared following the guidelines for Oral Presentation described above.

If the proposed symposium is not accepted the talks will be assessed and may still be included in the general program of the conference.

Registration and Fees

To register to the conference, use the following link.

There is a registration fee for participants and attendees. Fees will be payed on the day of the event.

Early Bird (by 15th November 2015):

Attendees & Speakers: 50 euro (two days) or 30 euro (one day)

Postgraduate Students: 30 euro (two days) or 15 euro (one day)

Final Deadline for Registration (by 1st January 2015):

Attendees & Speakers: 75 euro (two days) or 40 euro (one day)

Postgraduate Students: 45 euro (two days) or 25 euro (two days)

The City

The conference will take place in the beautiful city of Istanbul which served as the capital of both Eastern Roman (Byzantine) and Ottoman empires. Istanbul is one of the most fascinating and historical cities that has been connecting eastern and western worlds from the days of antiquity; tourists from all around the world visit this wonderful city to find almost limitless things to see and do. As an ultra-cosmopolitan financial and cultural centre, İstanbul has a longstanding global reputation as a mecca of art, culture, history, architecture, shopping, fashion, and gastronomy.


Accommodation arrangements are expected to be managed by the participants. However, recommendations regarding accommodation options will be posted on the conference website after the announcement of the accepted abstracts. We will also get in touch with information about hotels situated near the conference venue, and provide special discounts for those who register for the conference. Most of the hotels in the city centre are 45-60 minutes away from the conference venue via public transport.

Conference Venue 

The conference venue is İstanbul Kemerburgaz University Campus which is approximately 10 km and 15 minute-away from Istanbul Atatürk International Airport and 23 km and 45 minute away from the city centre (Taksim Square). Public transportation, shuttle and cab services are available to reach the campus from the city center. Additional information on further arrangements for presenters to reach the conference venue will be added on the conference web site soon.

Special Issue and Conference Proceedings

Conference Proceedings will be published.

Selected papers will be invited for submission for a special issue (Journal TBC) and/or edited collection with a world-renewed international publisher.

Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest ( also accepts submissions related to the conference.


The conference is sponsored by a Newton Advanced Fellowship from the British Academy (

The Interdisciplinary Network for Social Protest Research (

The School of Psychology, University of Kent (

The Center for Economic and Social Research, İstanbul Kemerburgaz University, Turkey (

Organising committee:

Dr Banu Kavaklı (Department of Sociology, Istanbul Kemerburgaz University)

Dr Tuba Demirci (Department of Sociology, Istanbul Kemerburgaz University)

Dr Gülçin Coşkun (Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Istanbul Kemerburgaz University)

Dr Giovanni A. Travaglino (School of Psychology, University of Kent)


February 4, 2016
February 5, 2016


INSPR: 3rd Conference


İstanbul Kemerburgaz University
Mahmutbey Dilmenler Caddesi, No:26
İSTANBUL, Bağcılar 34217 Turkey
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