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Between 2011 and 2012 many public spaces in global North were indefinitely occupied by people dissatisfied with the political system. The origin of this dissatisfaction, however, is not clear. This article rejects that the origin was either a popular longing for direct democracy or for an end to neoliberalism. It problematizes the frequent assumption that […]

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The relationship of social movements and institutions should not just be seen as one where political demands can influence policy change in a targeted organization or political system. With a focus on instituting practices, instead of resulting institutions, we can understand all social institutions as institutionalizations, as constantly moving processes with the potential for radical […]

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In studies of social mobilization, the distinction between institutions and organizations is often as blurry as the instant of time from which on we can actually speak of a proper movement. Using the idea of a `duality of structure’ as a starting point, this article suggests a way of fixing the boundaries: a brief analysis […]

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Social movements and institutions are central actors in national and transnational politics as well as core categories of social inquiry. Despite their importance, both terms are still haunted by a lack of thorough definitions. We introduce a blog series with ten weekly contributions on their interrelation, outlining several innovative approaches and suggesting some vantage points […]

Obgleich die Disziplin der internationalen Beziehungen global sein will, bleibt sie allzu häufig von westlichen Wissenschaftlern dominiert. Doch wie kann internationale Politik anders gedacht werden? Welche Perspektiven ergeben sich auch für westliche WissenschaftlerInnen aus einem Perspektivwechsel? Und welche Herausforderungen bringt dies mit sich?

We are happy to announce a call for papers to the blog series on „Movements and Institutions“ on Bretterblog. The series is edited by the working group „Movements and Institutions“ within the „Institut für Protest- und Bewegungsforschung“ .  The call for papers is open until 30 June 2016.

The 7th Annual Graduate Conference of the Cluster of Excellence „Normative Orders“ is taking place from 17 to 19 November 2016 at Goethe-University Frankfurt. The call for papers to this year’s conference theme „Digital <Dis>Orders“ (@digdis2016) is open until 30 June 2016. 

Am Montag, 30. Mai 2016 von 18.00-20.00h, laden das Institut für soziale Bewegungen (ISB) und die Gemeinsame Arbeitsstelle RUB/IGM zum 3. Bochumer Disput ein. Diskutiert wird zum Thema „Handelspolitik gerecht gestalten? Die Transatlantische Handels- und Investitionspartnerschaft (TTIP) als politischer Prozess“.


Does the ISA Annual Convention have a gender problem? Twitter users sure think it does. And they might have a point. I’ve downloaded and looked at all the tweets about #isa2016–and the tweet that received by far the most likes and retweets was this one: Spotted some #allmalepanels from the #ISA2016 program. Congrats! pic.twitter.com/G7BtppRX9C — […]

Niklas Bremberg arbeitet als Experte für die Politik der Europäischen Union im Vorderen Orient und Nordafrika am Schwedischen Institut für Internationale Beziehungen. Foto: UI.

Fünf Jahre nach dem „Arabischen Frühling“ ist von Aufbruchstimmung im Vorderen Orient und Nordafrika nicht mehr viel geblieben. Woran liegt das? Welchen Anteil haben die Europäer daran? Und was sollte die Europäische Union nun tun? Darüber sprachen wir mit Niklas Bremberg, Experte des Schwedischen Instituts für Internationale Beziehungen für die EU-Politik im Mittelmeerraum.