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Call for papers for the Radical Democratic Citizenship 2018 conference by The Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society, and Rule of Law (CISRUL) with kind support of the Citizens Nations and Migration Network (CNAM) of the University of Edinburgh.


03-04 September 2018. Aberdeen, UK


(download the full CFP here)
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. Movements aimed variously to resist regimes deemed authoritarian and imperialist, fight economic and political elites, dismantle the exploitative forces of capitalism, challenge norms around the role of women and sexuality, and tackle racism and gender discrimination. 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 as well as, outside the Soviet Bloc, challenging the subordination of states to the interests of the market.
The conference welcomes contributions on any aspect of radical democratic citizenship, understood as grassroots political practice, whether past or present, and whether empirical, theoretical or performative. It also welcomes different formats of contributions, ranging from traditional conference papers and posters to workshops organised by participants and performances. To include as wide a range as possible of perspectives, contributions are welcome from non-academics as well as academics from all disciplines and fields.


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. The complete application should be submitted in .doc or .docx format.

  • Traditional and poster presentation: maximum 200 words, plus the title of the presentation, author, affiliation / profession, and contact email.
  • Workshops: title and abstract 150-200 words; if the workshop is meant to feature individual presentations, please include a title and abstract of 150 words for each, plus name of presenter and affiliation; workshops can also be run in a non-academic fashion as long as the discussions pertain to the theme of the conference
  • Performance: 300-500 words description of your performance and its aims; plus name of performers and affiliationThere is no registration fee. The conference organisers will provide refreshments during the conference program. Participants are kindly requested to make their own accommodation and travel arrangements.

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