Social Movements and Mobilizations for Alternative Futures

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC07 Futures Research (host committee)

Language: English

This session aims to explore how social movements create alternative futures in different regions of the world. By their struggles, experiences, values, visions, projects, concrete practices, and strategies, social movements contribute to transform society and open it to alternative futures. Social actors produce different societies in their stuggles, but also in concrete practices, daily life and spaces of experience. This panel will gather researchers of different world regions so as to identify grassroots innovations and draw lessons from comparisons.

Social movements are major actors of our societies and contribute to shaping possible futures. This panel welcomes both concrete analysis and theoretical contributions on how progressive or conservative social movements imagine, shape and implement alternative futures. We notably welcome contributions on how social actors and social movements imagine and contribute to shape alternative lifestyles, policies and sociability in the global age, increasingly shaped by both global interdependency and the finitude of the planet.

This session is proposed as a joint session with RC 47.

Session Organizers:
Markus S. SCHULZ, New School for Social Research, USA and Geoffrey PLEYERS, FNRS/University of Louvain & Collège d'Etudes Mondiales, Belgium
Ilan BIZBERG, El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico
Oral Presentations
Concrete Utopian Thinking As Socio-Epistemic Practice. the Case of the Automation and the Maker Movements
Philipp FREY, ITAS-Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany; Christoph SCHNEIDER, Munich Center for Technology in Society, Germany
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