Cross-Movement Mobilization

International Conference in Bochum

The international conference aims to bring together experts and early-career scientists to promote a research area that is highly relevant for social movement studies and for society as a whole, and which has not received sufficient attention in current scholarship: cross-movement mobilization.
This concept describes the joint mobilization and formation of alliances across different social movements and organizations with different constituencies. Why are individuals, groups, and organizations interested in different issues ranging from migrant integration, to global climate concerns, to gentrification, up to exploitative working conditions in global supply chains? Why are they joining in collective action at the local, national, and international level? How and why is the often quoted divide between class-based, materialist movements (labour) and identity-based, post-materialist movements overcome?
In moving away from single movement approaches, literature has begun to progressively shift its interest to the interactions that social movements have between each other and with other actors. It provides examples ranging from cooperation at the local level such as urban resistance in cities and communities, to cooperation on issues such as climate change, energy transition, alternative economy, and the relation between the global South and the global North. At the same time, cross-movement alliances cannot be taken for granted, as the different groups and actors are separated by different ideological positions, a diverse history and development, and are also partially subject to competitive relations. How such cleavages and differences are overcome is a key question the conference deals with.

The international conference aims to provide a platform to present and discuss research on the conditions under which movement alliances evolve, on the success and failure of cross-movement mobilizations at different levels (from local to global), as well as on various topics such as ecology, labor, economy, and urbanization. The conference will bring together fields of research in sociology, political sciences, and history (social movement studies, industrial relations, international relations, political economy, and social history) in order to sharpen our understanding of internal modes of cooperation, tensions, synergies, and effects of interaction in cross-movement mobilization.

The conference is a joint cooperation between the Institute for Protest and Social Movement Research (IPB), Berlin, the Institute for Social Movements (ISB), Bochum, and the Research Committee on Social Movements of the International Sociological Association (ISA).

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