Researching Social Movements: Methodological, Ethical, and Political Challenges

Researching Social Movements: Methodological, Ethical, and Political Challenges

01 Monday
From Mon, 01/07/2024 to Tue, 02/07/2024
  • Monday: 2.15 pm - 7.15 pm
  • Tuesday: 9.00 am - 6.00 pm


This international conference brings together specialists, both beginners and experienced, to discuss and exchange ideas on the methodological, ethical and political issues raised by research into protest mobilizations.


  • Lilian Mathieu (CNRS, ENS de Lyon),Whose side are you on?” When being a movement sympathizer does not necessarily help research
  • Kyle Matthews (Victoria University of Wellington), “‘Getting in Trouble’ in Social Movement Ethnographies: Crossing the line in police-activist negotiations and what it reveals about activist-police relations”
  • Giuseppe Lipari (Scuola Normale Superiore Firenze)“Inquiring student agency in secondary education: key challenges for an exploratory research”
  • Anna Zhelnina (Utrecht University), “Fragmented and polarized civil society claims: how to study opposing social movements?”
  • Peter Gardner (University of York), “Are you with us?: Uncomfortable reflexivity and the materiality of positionality in social movement research”
  • Lazaro Bacallao-Pino (Universidad de Salamanca), “In the eye of the beholder: Particularities of social movements and derived methodological challenges in researching them”
  • Davide Grasso (Iméra Aix-en-Provence, EHESS Marseille), “Do politically motivated researchers need to praise existing activists or social movements?”
  • Federica Stagni (Scuola Normale Superiore Firenze), “Navigating Doubt: Intersectionality, Activism, and Research Challenges in the Academic Landscape”
  • Katharina Fritsch (Cesdip-CNRS), “States of emergencies and protest (self-)governing”
  • Richard Duke (University of Glasgow), “Navigating the Ethical Dilemma: Methodological Challenges in Researching Leaderless Movements, a Case Study of Black Lives Matter UK”
  • Viktoria Lavriniuk (EmLyon Business School), “Women’s collective agency mobilization for disrupting institutions amid state-sponsored violence”
  • Hande Dönmez (Scuola Normale Superiore), “Research in motion: Analytical shifts and knowledge co-production during critical events”
  • Dominika V. Polanska (Södertörn University Stockholm), Michaela Pixová (Charles University Prague) and Luca S. Bródy (Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, HUN-REN KRTK, Budapest), ”Conceptualizing civil societies in and beyond post-socialist contexts”
  • Willemijn Born (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), “Studying post-soviet nonviolent resistance movements”
  • Rubén Díez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), “Researching Youth Liberal-Conservative Activism in Spain: Between Student Organizations and Political Parties”
  • Gomer Betancor (UNED Madrid) and Miguel A. Martinez (Uppsala University), “Revealing Submerged Networks of Social Movements Through Combined Databases”
  • Matthias Hoffmann (Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca), Dan Mercea (Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca and University of London), Felipe G. Santos (Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca and University of London), “Methodological Insights in Constructing a Protest Event Database: Comparing Different Selections of Sources, Dictionaries, and Classifications”
  • Alper Cakir (Charles University Prague), “Bringing Together Structuralist and Social Constructivist Perspectives? Potentials and Limitations of Studying the Perception of Performances with Repertoires of Contention”
  • Emanuele Amo (Aberystwyth University), “Investigating the Slow Food-Place Relation: an empirical study of dairy communities in Abruzzo”