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Call for Paper:Two Day National Seminar ,Dept of Political science,Government College Madappally,Vadakara,Kerala,India.January 2012

Call for Paper:Two Day National Seminar ,GovernmentCollege Madappally,Vadakara,Kerala,India.January 2012

National Seminar on “Social Movements and Protest Politics inIndia”.
Sponsored by Government of kerala.
Protestreflects the key aspect of the relationship between the state and society.State is responsible for formulating and carrying out policies for society. State may lack the resources to meetthe demands and expectations of various competing social groups. That may leadto anger among some groups in the society, which can take the shape of protestmovement. Protest arises from disagreement over limited issues, such asopposition to particular policies of a government, or antagonisms betweengroups competing for political influence.So how movement arises and how variousgroups participate in it is an important area of intellectual pursuit.Studentsof political science and teachers should have great mastery over the area so asto get a clear understanding of the society.It is so important to understandhow to approach a social movement and what are basic theoretical approach tosocial movements.


Indemocracies, we do not see a uniform pattern of popular protest movements.Somedemocracies experience more protest than other democracies. France hosts moreprotest annually than Germany does. Bangladeshis invade the streets much morethan the people in Sri Lanka do. Answers to this difference may be found intheir political cultures or by carefully auditing the performance of theirdemocratic institutions. However, it is more puzzling when within the samedemocracy, people in some areas protest more successfully than other areas. Itseems that some ordinary people, who are busy in their struggle for day-to-daysurvival, attain the degree of coordination and mutual awareness that they needto wage strategically effective protests, while some others fail. Some need toask, why some groups sharing a grievance mobilize successfully while others donot in democracies? In recent years, democratisation has spread to the Southand with it increasing number of social movements. The origin and outcome ofthese movements are being explained with the help of theoretical frameworksdeveloped to study social actions in the North. Here, the aim is to examine therelevance of these theories to evaluate the success and failure of socialmovements in the developing countries.

InIndia at the outset, we must note that the term “non-party domain” or the “non-partypolitical domain” is not a conceptual category that refers to any specific setof processes, movements, institutions or practices.But it is so vibrant andproliferating day by day. It is a category that has been descriptively deployedin the Indian context by a group of scholars, to refer to a series of movementsand social struggles that burst forth on the scene in the 1980s, broadlyspeaking. In the specific sense in which this category was used by thesescholars, it was meant to refer to a series of responses to problems in theformal political process that prevented the interests of a whole range ofsocial groups and many significant issues from getting translated into theelectoral calculus of party politics. Of late, the term that has gained somecurrency in political discourse and is being used widely to refer to a range ofmovement-type as well as institutional initiatives, is the notion of “civilsociety”. This category is increasingly used as a self description even bythose groups who would have in an earlier period used the category of “nonparty political domain”. Even though the current use of this concept of “civilsociety” too is quite vague, it has at least the advantage of being used as anormative category to demarcate a sphere of non-state activities that keeps thestate’s excesses in check and attempts to influence policy in the direction ofgreater transparency and accountability.

Seminar Themes

1. New Social Movements
2. Civil Society in India
3. Protest Politics andNon-party Political Domain
4. Social Movements andState.
5. Civil Society Movements inKerala

Duration of the Seminar

Two Days.

Tentative Seminar Date

January, 2012-The date announced is tentative and is likely to change .


Those who are willing to make presentation or participation ,please contact the Convener by mail or over Mobile.

For Paper presentation

Pleasemail us 150 words of abstract forscreening the Paper submitting for presentation. Those selected will becommunicated shortly after mailing the abstract.

Who can participate in the Seminar

Resource Pearson

Resource person will be provided T A at the rate applicable to class I officers as per State Government norms.Resource person will be provided remuneration @500/- per person per session of not less than 2 hours duration.


Teachers from Government and Private Aided Colleges in Kerala are eligible to participate in the seminar.Teachers selected for the programme are considered ‘on other duty’.Number of participants for the seminar is limited between 20-40.

T A and D A to Participants.

Outstation participants are eligible for TA and DA at the Government specified rate.

How to Reach the College

TheGovernment College Madappally is located on NH-17 Talassery –Vadakara route.Thecollege is almost 5 K M away from Vadakara Railway station,60 K M away fromCalicut Airport, almost 175 K M away from Mangalore Airport.

Contact Details.

Departmentof Political science,
GovernmentCollege Madappally.

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