Two-Day Mid-Term Training Workshop cum Conference on Social Movements: Theories, Concepts, and Methodologies

Organizer: Department of Sociology- RC 47 Social Classes and Social Movements, International Sociological Association And RC 17 Social Movements Indian Sociological Society- Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune

About the Workshop ( Offline)

  • When:13th and 14th June 2022
  • Time: 10.30 AM to 6 PM
  • Venue: Department of Sociology, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Bhavan, SPPU, Pune
  • Registration fee needed
  • Call for Papers

Concept Note

Social movements are an important aspect of contemporary social lives in India and
world over. Since the inception of Sociology, social movements have been an important force
behind social change, and the resultant changes have always been analysed by Sociologists. In India, we observe a particularly troubled relationship between Indian Sociology and
social movements as modernity entered through British colonialism and so did Sociology in India.

Today, on the one hand we find hundreds of campaigns, agitations, and movements emerging in India. This shows a couple of things including-deprived masses finding the spaces to collectively argue for their demands, new forms of socio-economic vulnerabilities, and socio-political exclusions triggering social movements.
There is a scope to bring new concepts, methods and theories of social movements emerging from the Indian context. And yet we find that Sociology of social movements is no longer a popular specialization among budding sociologists in India. We need to analyse this trend. While the future of democracy is also associated with strong democratic movements and new collective subjectivities emerging, there is more research on subjectivity and identity than its collective orientation. Indian democratic institutions are challenged more than before in recent times. Populist majoritarian political trends are observed
across India. These new contexts and empirical cases also need scholarly attention.

We, therefore, ask the following questions-

  1. How do we assess the role of social movements in our contemporary lives?
  2. Can we apply the criteria spelled out by early writings on social movements by scholars like Smelser today?
  3. Can we find a new way to define social movements?
  4. The theories and methodologies of social movements of the west should be continued or new theories and methodologies emerged from the global south?

This RC 17(Social Movements) mid-term Training Workshop cum Conference aims to address
the theme titled, ‘Sociology of Social Movements: Issues and directions in Contemporary India’.

The sub-themes for paper presentation are as follows:

  • Theories, concepts and methods of social movements
  • Case studies of various social movements
  • Relevance of social movements today
  • State, market and social movements
  • Open session-any other theme related to social movements

Workshop Design – This Training Workshop cum Conference is divided into two parts-

  1. Training on Social movements- theories, concepts, and methodologies, relevance.
  2. Presentation of Research papers on social movements with discussants.

Submission of Abstracts and Papers

Well researched papers are invited to be presented in the National Workshop by Professors and
Research Scholars. The delegates are requested to send the abstract of their papers on the main
theme and sub-themes of the workshop along with the duly filled registration form. Each abstract, not exceeding 300 words should reach the coordinator as soon as possible and latest by 5th June 2022 and the full research paper will be submitted by 9
th June 2022.

The research paper should contain the major theme of the paper, theories or concept used for the study, Methodology, and a description of the case from a critical point of view.

Abstract Submission

  • File format: .dox
  • Word limit: 300 Max
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Font Size: 12
  • Line Space: 1.5
  • Paper Size: A4
  • Last date of Abstract
  • Submission: 5th June 2022
  • Last Date of Paper
  • Submission: 9th June 2022

Registration Details

  • College and University Teachers Rs. 2500/- with accommodation,
  • College and University Teachers Rs. 1500/- without accommodation
  • Research Scholar with Fellowship: Rs. 2000/- with accommodation
  • Research Scholars without fellowship: Rs: 750/- with accommodation

Register Here


Prof. Shruti Tambe
Professor and Head of the Department
Department of Sociology, Savitribai Phule Pune University Pune, 411007, Maharashtra.
Phone: (O) 020 – 25601305
(Mob) +91 – 9890906849

Convenor, RC 17 ISS
Dr. Rohit Jain

Associate Professor
School of Rural Development
Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Tuljapur Campus, Mumbai

RC 47 International Sociological Association

Prof. Breno Bringel

State University of Rio de Janeiro ,Brazil

Prof. Sabrina Zajak,
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Secretary and Treasurer: Prof. Shruti Tambe, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune

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