CFP: Radical Democratic Citizenship--Grassroots Political Practice

Submission deadline: May 20, 2018

Conference date(s):
September 3, 2018 - September 4, 2018

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Conference Venue:

Centre for Citizenship, Civic Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL), University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen, United Kingdom


This conference on radical democratic citizenship marks the 50th anniversary of the global wave of protests in 1968, when people occupied workplaces and public spaces, collectively demanding changes in policies and calling for a shift in politics.

Despite the differences among them, they shared a “radical approach to citizenship” in that they sought to open spaces for political action beyond the narrow margins set by states challenging the subordination of states to the interests of the market. “Radical” indicates firstly the pursuit of fundamental change or transformation of the economic and political landscape that, secondly, can be effected from the bottom-up (grass roots), and, thirdly, in a radical democratic manner. Today, faced not only by ever-deepening inequality but also by the prospect of environmental disaster, the demand for radical change is pressing.

We call for contributions on any aspect of radical democratic citizenship, understood as grassroots political practice, whether past or present, and whether empirical, theoretical or performative. We encourage contributions from non-academics as well as academics from all disciplines and fields. 

Abstracts DEADLINE: 30 April 2018

Please, submit the abstract to with your name and the title of your contribution in the subject line of your email.

Invited Speakers: Prof Engin Isin (Queen Mary University of London; University of London Institute in Paris). Others speakers will be announced.

The conference is hosted by the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL), University of Aberdeen with kind support of the Citizens Nations and Migration Network (CNAM) of the University of Edinburgh.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Aberdeen. Andreas Zaunseder, Dikaia Gavala, the Organising Team of CISRUL, and CNAM. 

University of Aberdeen

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