International Colloquium: Youth and Global Movements


March 30, 2018

Conference Date

October 3 - 4, 2018


University of the Azores | São Miguel – Azores – Portugal


Gilberta Pavão Nunes Rocha, PhD Full Professor Scientific Coordination Azorean Youth Observatory Pilar Damião de Medeiros, PhD Visiting Assistant Professor Scientific Coordination Azorean Youth Observatory Rolando Lalanda Gonçalves, PhD Assistant Professor Executive Coordination Azorean Youth Observatory


Considering the growing social uncertainty and the fundamentalism of the markets that atomize people and weaken the sense of responsibility towards the “Other”; the aggravation of the climate change, as well as the danger of manufactured risks (Giddens & Beck, 2000); the geopolitical struggles and the intense increase of migrations from the South to the North; the resurgence of extreme right-wing rhetoric and the nationalisms unleashed by a culture of fear – we find, however, a discourse of rupture and new forces of civic action that flourish within a framework of alternative resistance on a transnational scale. The new global movements are essentially the product of the deterritorialization (Bell et al., 1999), of the new network society (Castells, 1997) and of a common project of plural actors that define their causes as global and organize protest campaigns on an international platform. The collective subjects of the global movements (McDonald, 2006 & Wieviorka, 2008), as opposed to the protagonists of the social movements of the mid-1960s and 70s, no longer have a nation-state as a reference. Thus, it is important to recognize that the morphology of the new social struggles, even though it is organized by a nebulous mass of global actors (Wieviorka, 2008), has definitely encouraged a different action of non-institutional resistance, now designed on a transnational Öffentlichkeit (public sphere) (Beck, 1986).


The International Conference on Youth and Global Movements aims to reflect on the civic participation and political intervention of young people on a transnational public sphere from four panels on themes: I. Activism and Associativism II. Environment and Sustainability III. Minorities and Equality IV. Citizenship and Mobility Abstracts (400 words) must be submitted by email to Each abstract must mention the authors’ name, their institutional affiliation, the title of their paper, their goals, the methodology, the results for discussion, and 3 to 5 bibliographic references. After being notified of the acceptance of their paper, the authors must submit their application assuring their presence at the Conference. If the authors wish to publish the paper they will be presenting at the Conference, they must submit it for peer review by September 17, 2018. The list of accepted papers will be announced by the end of November 2018. The publication is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019. Abstract Submission Deadline: March 30, 2018 Communication of evaluation results: April 30, 2018 Submission of final papers for peer review: September 17, 2018



Keynote Speakers: Donatella Della Porta: Reputed Italian political scientist, she is a professor of political science, rector of the Institute of Social and Human Sciences and Director of the PD Program in Political Science and Sociology at Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, where she also directs the Center for the Study of Social Movements. He is best known for his research in the areas of social movements, political violence, terrorism, corruption, police and protest policing. She led an important Mobilizing for Democracy ERC project on civil society participation in democratization processes in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Mattei Dogan Prize for relevant works in the field of political sociology. She is an Honorary Doctor of the Universities of Lausanne, Bucharest and Gothenburg and has authored 85 books, 130 journal articles and 127 contributions in edited volumes. Sasha Costanza-Chock: Communications scholar, activist, and media-maker, she is currently Associate Professor of Civic Media at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sasha is a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Faculty Affiliate with the MIT Open Documentary Lab and the MIT Center for Civic Media, and creator of the MIT Codesign Studio. Her work focuses on social movements, media justice, and community-led design. Board member of Allied Media Projects, and a worker/owner at Research Action Design, a worker-owned cooperative that uses community-led research, transformative media organizing, technology development, and collaborative design to build the power of grassroots social movements.