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2021-22 Fellowship Announcement for IAS/School of Social Science

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Each year, the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in
Princeton, NJ, invites around 25 scholars to be in residence for the full
academic year to pursue their own research. The 2021-2022 theme will be
“Political Mobilizations and Social Movements.” Applications must be
submitted through the Institute's online application system, which opens in
June and can be found on our [
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Mobilizations and Social Movements

There has been, in recent years, a revival and renewal of political
mobilizations and social movements across the world in terms of claims as well
as forms. From Hong Kong to Santiago, from Beirut to Algiers, from the Tahrir
Square to the Gezi Park, from the indignados in Spain to the yellow vests in
France, massive demonstrations have shaken state apparatuses, provoking
democratic reforms or passive resistance, prompting the fall of governments or
brutal repressions. In parallel, from gay rights to ecofeminism, from
humanitarianism to veganism, from #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo, from No Borders
to Extinction Rebellion, numerous initiatives have raised awareness regarding
issues related to various expressions of injustice and domination, and have
sometimes generated major cultural transformations of contemporary societies.
Whereas these progressive mobilizations and movements have received much
attention, there has also been a resurgence of reactionary, conservative and
antidemocratic responses grounded in traditionalist, fundamentalist,
nationalist, xenophobic, racist, sexist and anti-feminist ideologies, which
have been less studied and deserve more scrutiny. In light of this remarkable
diversity, from the far left to the far right, we would like to revisit two
related classical themes of the social sciences: contentious politics and
collective action.

How are these manifestations of discontent about the current state of affairs
to be apprehended? What do they signal about present moral, political and
social crises? What do they reveal about people’s capacity to rise up even
under authoritarian regimes? Are novel modes of organization being tested? Are
new repertoires of action being invented? Which place does violence or,
conversely, civil disobedience occupy? Under which conditions can they succeed
or, on the contrary, be crushed? What are the role and responsibility of
academia with regard to these protests? Which possible articulations can there
be between critical theory and such mobilizations and movements? These are
some of the questions we would like to address via a conversation across the
disciplines of the social sciences and the humanities, in particular
anthropology, sociology, history, law, philosophy, economics, political
science, and literary studies. All approaches are welcome, but we are
especially interested in research seeking to connect empirical investigations,
be they archival, ethnographic, statistical, etc., and theoretical analysis,
and we will be attentive to the presence of studies from all continents.
The theme will be led by Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor at the
Institute for Advanced Study, and Wendy Brown, Class of 1936 First Chair at
the University of California, Berkeley, in collaboration with Alondra Nelson,
Harold F. Linder Professor at the Institute.

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