A great strategy to grow an academic sub-field, like social movement research, is to connect the scholars who have made the largest contributions to the field over the past several decades to the bright young scholars who are likely to make the largest contributions for the next several decades. And then do this on a regular basis. I had an opportunity to witness this in action at the annual McCarthy Award celebration, which is held in conjunction with the Young Scholars in Social Movements Conference. Both were hosted by Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Social Movements a few weeks ago.
Pam Oliver was the recipient of the 2012 McCarthy Award, which recognizes lifetime achievement in the scholarship of social movements and collective behavior. Her talk on the centrality of race to social movement theorizing was fascinating and challenging. Although her current contributions to the field are staggering, as I listened I couldn’t help wonder if some of her most important contributions are still to come. Several other senior scholars in the field – John McCarthy, David Snow, Myra Marx Ferree, Hank Johnston, Daniel Myers, and David Meyer – were on hand for the celebration to “toast and roast” Pam, offering reflections on Pam’s work and her influence on the field. It was not only a tribute to the Pam’s body of work but also to the collegiality among the senior scholars in our field.
The Young Scholars in Social Movements Conference included an international cast for the first time this year, drawing participants from Italy and Russia. Twelve young scholars presented their work (I’ve included a full list of young scholars and titles for the presentations below). Many of the “all stars” who were here to celebrate with Pam also attended the Young Scholars Conference. Young and senior scholars came together in both the formal setting (senior scholars serving as discussants for the Young Scholars presentations) and the informal (casual conversations between sessions, walking back to the hotel together, or celebrating late into the night at the hotel bar after the McCarthy Award dinner). It is really a brilliant piece of planning to put these two events together, and as a first time attender for both, it seemed like the pairing makes both events stronger.
Here is the list of Young Scholars this year. Look for great things from these up and coming stars, and you can also look for them here on Mobilizing Ideas since many of them have agreed to begin writing for the blog on a regular basis!
2012 Young Scholars in Social Movements Conference Presenters:
Kai Heidemann. Christopher Newport University. “From ‘Seeing’ To ‘ Seizing’ Opportunity: The development and deployment of strategic stance in the Basque movement for lingusitic rights“
Zakiya T. Luna. University of Wisconsin. “Framing, Identity, and Power: When Movements Make Unexpected Choices”
Kathleen C. Oberlin. Indiana University. “Cultural Change and Movement Factionalization: Why Did Creationists Erect a Museum? The Rise of the Creation Science Movement, 1961-2007.”
James E. Stobaugh. University of California at Irvine. “Frames beyond the Courtroom: The Extra-Legal Consequences of SMO’s framing of Creationism and Intelligent Design.”
Cole Carneseca. University of Notre Dame. “’Out for a Stroll’ to ‘Test the Waters’: Tactical Innovation and Perceptions of Political Opportunities in Four Chinese NIMBY Movements.”
Paul Dean. University of Maryland. “A Fine Line between Contention and Cooperation: Social Movement Fields and the Construction of Private Social Responsibility Standards.”
Jean Yen-chun Lin. University of Chicago. “Grassroots Protest Leadership in China: State-Leader Relationships and Movement Outcomes in Community Environmental Protests”
Benjamin E. Lind. National Research University-Higher School of Economics (Russia). “Homogeneity or Heterogeneity in Protest Dynamics? Actor Differentiation among United States Strike Waves in the Late Nineteenth Century.”
Federico M. Rossi. European University Institute (Italy). “A Conceptual Proposal for the Study of Social Movements’ Strategic Action.”
Ruth Braunstein. New York University. “Who are ‘We the People’?: Multidimensional Collective Identity in the Tea Party.”
Hana E. Brown. Wake Forest University. “Race, Legality, and the Social Policy Consequences of Anti-Immigration Mobilization.”
Stephen Meyers. University of California at San Diego. “Changing Organizations: Localizing International Disability Rights in Nicaragua.”
Jane M. Walsh. University of Pittsburgh. “A Coalition of Coalitions: The Geographical Centralization of the Decentralized Campaign for Fair Food.”