(CFP) State-Building, Social Movements and Political Economy

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Call for Papers
May 31, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Contemporary History, Economic History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Social History / Studies

State-Building, Social Movements and Political Economy

International Conference

5-6 December, Lisbon


[Portuguese, French, and Spanish versions below]


Modernity was marked by the edification of increasingly complex and sophisticated state system, committed to governing territories and populations, through a multiplicity of administrative, fiscal, police and judicial networks. At the same time, new mechanisms for legitimizing political power emerged, based on the building of a public sphere and the dissemination of different forms of collective organization and mobilization: from associations to petitions, from political demonstrations to strikes and riots. Finally, a new regime of production and consumption was created in the form of a Political Economy directed to the creation of markets, the movement of goods and the accumulation of capital.

This conference intends to bring together original investigations dedicated to the following thematic lines:

(1) The processes of state-building in the late modern and contemporary period and its articulation with social classes, mechanisms of legitimation and the use of violence in different political regimes, shapes of power patrimonialisation, changes in the evolution of the legal systems, the impact of the war and government techniques used in different temporal and spatial contexts;
(2) The nature, dimension and impact of institutions and social movements, the different repertoires of intervention, protest and social conflict, forms of collective identity (class, gender, race), disruptions and continuities in labour relations, practices of illegality and transgression by different social groups;
(3) Differences between the centre, the periphery and the semi-periphery, at the scale of both the world economy and national and regional economies (in their all dimensions), formulation and acceptance of ideas, techniques and concepts circulating in the transnational sphere, strategies of adaptation, negotiation and resistance of the different economic agents, regimes of accumulation and variations in production and consumption.

The Organizing Committee accepts and encourages the submission of individual communications as well as the submission of panels dedicated to specific topics, especially proposals exploring the relationships between the three thematic lines of the conference.



– Proposals (up to 3 000 characters) may be submitted until the 31 May, and should be sent to the e-mail address: historiasconectadas@fcsh.unl.pt
Proposals must be submitted in one of the following languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, and have to include a brief biographical note of the author (institutional affiliation, academic degree).
– The results will be communicated until the 21 June.


Conference Languages:

Portuguese, English, Spanish, French.


Registration and certification:

The participation in the conference is free. However, receiving a participation certificate is conditioned to effective attendance.



The Organising Committee reserves the right to make a publication, in terms to be defined


Further information :



Organising Committee:

Manuel Loff, Joana Dias Pereira, Rahul Kumar, Ricardo Noronha, Rui Aballe Vieira, Pau Casanellas, João Miguel Almeida, Miguel Silva, Marta Silva, Ana Sofia Ferreira, Steven Forti, Filipa Sousa Lopes, Maria Inácia Rezola e Teresa Ferreira.


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