The Social Movements Network was established in 2014 bringing together emerging and established researchers working on different aspects of social movements, radical politics and protest. We have over fifty members from across the University of Brighton as well as member from other universities in London and the South East. Our members come from sport, humanities, business, politics, sociology, media, law, geography, urban studies, criminology, international relations, and art.
Since 2014, we have hosted a monthly seminar series with an original paper being circulated and discussed in depth. Papers have been delivered on social media and protest, football fan mobilization, indigenous and peasant resistance, public space, migration, refugees, LGBTIQ activism, children rights, law and politics, covert police surveillance, Roma communities, amongst others. This seminar offers constructive critique to emerging and established scholars to develop their ideas, journal articles and research bid submissions.
We have convened a number of high profile conferences including one on social movements in 2016. This international conference brought together 70 delegates from over twenty countries. The two-day event had panels on protest movements and technology, the environment, gender, democracy, urban activism, migration, LGBTIQ, neo-liberalism, the state, transnationalism, tactics and repertoires, networks, rights, and challenges for social movement research. A wine reception was hosted by the journal ‘Social Movement Studies’.
Key note addresses were delivered by Emeritus Professor Jan Willem Duyvendak (University of Amsterdam) on collective action in social movements and the state. Professor Donatella Della Porta (Scuola Normale, Florence), the author of 65 books on protest, delivered her address on social movement studies, capitalism and political economy.
Jan Willem Duyvendak said: "The conference organized by the University of Brighton’s Social Movement Network was one of the most intellectually stimulating in the past years. Such a great mix of emerging and established scholars guarantees progress in our field."
The network has supported research grant applications by offering feedback and input, offering a space to share ideas, and refine research questions, and also to facilitate a space to network and debate with others including international partners. In 2015, the £250,000 AHRC ‘Aesthetics of Protest: Visual Culture and Communication in Turkey’ was awarded to several members of the network. We are keen to work with international partners to develop links and engage in collaborative projects.