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15 January 2021

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Social Movement Studies

Special Issue Editor(s)

Ramón A. Feenstra, Universitat Jaume I de Castelló (Spain)
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Cristina Flesher Fominaya, Loughborough University
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Simon Tormey, University of Bristol

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Re-Imagining Democracy 10 Years After 15-M

15 May 2021 marks a decade since one of the most influential social movements in recent history emerged. Initially known internationally as the Indignados, or Indignant Movement, the citizen protest movement was known in Spain as simply “15-M”. The 15-M movement formed part of a wave of pro-democracy movements around the world. Inspired by the Saucepan Revolution in Iceland, the uprising in Tahrir Square in Cairo, and the Portuguese Geração a Rasca, but also drawing on a rich tradition of autonomous movements in Spain, its original protest event led to an unplanned month long occupation of Madrid’s central plaza known as “Acampada Sol” that developed into an innovative political laboratory in which democracy could be rethought. It subsequently reverberated throughout Spain and the world, inspiring other movements as it had itself been inspired. To date the movement has contributed a wealth of literature analyzing its origins, evolution, dynamics, achievements, and challenges. As the 10th anniversary approaches, it is a good time to re-evaluate the movements’ outcomes, impacts, and legacy for social movement scholarship, activism, and democracy.

In particular we are interested in asking:

  • What is the legacy of 15-M for social movements, contestation, and democracy in Spain and beyond? How has it influenced, inspired or directly led to new social movements, political projects, democratic innovation projects?
  • What are the most significant (intended and unintended) consequences of the movement? How has it transformed movement repertoires, strategies, social capital, alliance structures, or other dynamics? What unintended consequences such as criminalization and backlash has it provoked? How can these consequences inform scholarship about movement outcomes more broadly?
  • How has the powerful slogan and imaginary at the core of the movement, "Real Democracy Now" transformed democracy beyond the movement?
  • What innovations did the movement give rise to and how have they helped developed progressive movements and causes?

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Those interested are very welcome to submit a proposal of up to 300 words to the editors by 1 September 2020 at [email protected] . We will invite selected authors to submit full articles by 15 January 2021 (Papers can be up to 8,000 words, including notes and references). Final decisions will made on the basis of peer review procedures and the decisions of the Editors. Please bear both the word length and the deadlines in mind when considering whether you would like to be part of the collection, as articles that do not meet the production timeline may not be included in the Special Issue.

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