Programme

DAY 1 – Thursday 10 July

9.30-10.00 Registration and Welcome
10.00-11.00 OPENING PLENARY SESSION

  • John Chalcraft (LSE): Horizontalism, Popular Mobilization and the Political Field: Suggestions from the history of the Middle East and North Africa
11.00-11.15 Coffee
11.15-12.45 PANEL 1

  • Mohamed-Salah Omri (Oxford): A Tunisian Configuration of Protest? Intersections Between the Labour Movement and the Culture of Protest
  • Aris Anagnostopoulos (School of European Culture and Languages, Kent) and Angelos EvangelinidisGrassroots syndicalism in Greece: circles of struggle, workplace restructuring and the role of traditional trade unions 
  • Heike Schaumberg (Research fellow, Anthropology Department, Manchester): Re-inventing trade union militancy ‘from below’ for a new era? Emerging tendencies and challenges in Argentina 

12.45-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.00 PANEL 2

  • Mary Compton (Past President, National Union of Teachers, UK): Teachers unions and resistance to neoliberalism in Greece and Brazil
  • Marianne Maekelbergh (Anthropology Department, Leiden): Collaboration between horizontal movements and trade unions: tensions and transformations
  • Lucy McMahon (Development Studies, Cambridge): The right to (sell in) the city: street vending and protest in Rio de Janeiro and Recife
15.00-15.30 Coffee
15.30-17.00 PANEL 3

  • Walid Daou (Socialist Forum, Lebanon): Potential strategies for the emergence of a democratic, revolutionary workers’ movement in Lebanon
  • Irene Peano (Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Bologna, Italy): Migrants’ struggles? The dilemma of migrant politics in Italy 
  • LBWorkers’ Rights, Political Opportunities and the ‘Battle for Discourse’ in Bahrain
17.00-18.00 Break
18.00-19.30 PUBLIC EVENT: Reporting Egypt’s Revolution: Journalists On the Front Line

  • Jack Shenker and Mostafa Bassiouny

DAY 2 – Friday 11 July

9.00-10.30 PANEL 4

  • Virginia Manzano (Universidad de Buenos Aires, CONICET-Argentina): ‘Organizing the Unemployed’: Trade Unions, Grassroots Associations and Neoliberal Policies in the Making of the Unemployment Movement in Argentina. 
  • Cristina Flesher Fominaya (National University Ireland, Maynooth): Unions, Youth and Precariousness: the Case of Spain and the Precarious Office
  • Matt Wilde (Research Fellow in Anthropology, ILAS, London): Politics as a Vocation: The Ambiguities of Success in Chavista Venezuela
10.30-11.00 Coffee
11.00-13.00 PANEL 5

  • Enrico Tortolano (Trade Union Industrial Officer, PCS – personal capacity): Trade Unionists Against Terror in Guatemala
  • Mao Mollona (Anthropology Department, Goldsmiths College, University of London): Class mobilization and urban struggles in contemporary Brazil
  • Mostafa Bassiouny (Labour journalist, Egypt): The workers movement in Egypt between revolution and counter-revolution
  • Pete Waterman: The Old National Labourist Unionism and the New Global Social Unionism: From Invisibility to Emergence?
13.00-14.00 Lunch and close of the conference
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