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3rd INSPR Conference

June 9, 2016 @ 9:00 am - June 10, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

Update 06/06/2016

A new version of the programme can now be downloaded using the following link:


Update 03/06/2016

The programme can now be downloaded at the following link


UPDATE 04/26/2016:

Following a number of requests, we have extended the deadline for the submission of abstracts. Abstracts can be submitted up to May, 8th. The new deadline does not affect the established timeline for those who have already submitted an abstract.

INSPR Org. Committee

 Multidisciplinary Approaches to Social Change, Protest, and Political Mobilisation

We are pleased to invite you to the 3nd INSPR Conference at the department of Sociology, University of Cambridge. The conference will be held on June 9th-10th, 2016. Keynote addresses will be announced shortly.

Registration & Payment:

The Conference

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

Continuing with INSPR’s mission, the aims of this two-day conference are to explore political mobilisation from a variety of academic perspectives 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 are highly appreciated, although excellent work conducted within the boundary of a single discipline is still suitable for this meeting. Topics may include:

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


To submit your proposal, please send an email to Deadline for submissions of presentations, poster or symposia is April 25th 2016. Attendees will be notified by May 6th. Registration deadline (for attendees and speakers) is May 31st. Places are limited and we encourage attendees to register as soon as possible.  The Early Bird registration deadline is May 11th.

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 constituent 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. Payment can be made at the following link (same as registration):

Early Bird (by 11th May 2016):

Attendees & Speakers:  £42 (two days) or £22.80 (one day)

Postgraduate Students: £24 (two days) or £14.40 (one day)

Final Deadline for Registration (by 31st May 2016):

Attendees & Speakers: £54 (two days) or £30 (one day)

Postgraduate Students: £36(two days) or £20.40 (one day)

The City

The conference will take place in the city of Cambridge, home to a multitude of stunning architecture, museums and art galleries. The city is readily accessible via car, rail and coach, and is just under an hour from London, and 40 minutes from Stansted Airport by train.

Taxis can be ordered from Panther Taxis, on 01223 715715


Accommodation arrangements are expected to be managed by the participants. There are several options you may wish to consider, ranging from rooms in Cambridge colleges, to hotels and BnBs. These are conveniently detailed at: .

Conference Venue 

The conference venue is the University of Cambridge Sociology/Psychology Department Building, located in the centre of town on Free School Lane (Cambridge, CB2 3RQ), just around the corner from King’s College.  Available here on Google Maps:

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 (

The Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge (

Organising committee:

Mr Benjamin Abrams (Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge)

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

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

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

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


June 9, 2016 @ 9:00 am
June 10, 2016 @ 6:00 pm


INSPR: 3rd Conference


University Of Cambridge
Department of Sociology
Cambridge, CB2 3RQ United Kingdom
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