Convention / Congress

Critical Margins. Politicizing the Crisis

ESA RN 25 on Social Movements and ECPR Standing Group on Participation and Mobilization Midterm Conference
15 June 2022
16 June 2022
17 June 2022
Palazzo di Sociologia - Via Verdi 26, Trento
Target audience: 
University community
Reservation required


Alberto Melucci famously defined movements in complex societies as “disenchanted prophets”: “Like the prophets, the movements 'speak before': “they announce what is taking shape even before its direction and content has become clear. [...] They announce the commencement of change; not, however, a change in the distant future but one that is already a presence”. The conference will provide a space to discuss how crises are politicized and which phenomena, at the margins of contemporary societies, anticipate what is coming next for collective action. To do so, it bridges social movements and political participation research to a wider range of related research areas such as, inter alia, the geographical dimension of crises, from urban-level dynamics to the global processes of location and mobility, the gender dimension of crises, from the contentious politics of sexualities to the challenge of tackling the intersectional nature of oppression, and explorations of the politicizing and depoliticizing effects of today’s emphasis on ‘crises’.


You can find the conference schedule and the conference program in the box download.


15 June 2022, 3.00 PM : Robin Wagner-Pacifici, New School for Social Research

16 June 2022, 4.30 PM: Akwugo Emejulu, University of Warwick; Silke Roth, University of Southampton

17 June 2022, 11.30 AM: Walter Nicholls, University of California Irvine

17 June 2022, 2.30 PM: Mario Diani, University of Trento

Keynote sessions will be streamed live on Zoom. To join, please fill in the registration form.


Authors of selected papers will receive an email with the link to the registration form.

Only one author per paper may register as ‘presenter’ and can participate in the conference free of charge.
The fee for Papers Co-authors is 70€.

How to reach Trento and Accommodations

We encourage environmentally sustainable travels, particularly by train. The Deutsche Banh train service connects Trento to several European cities.