Alternative futures & Popular protest

Alternative futures & Popular protest
Manchester Metropolitan University, 26-28 march 2018, Geoffrey Manton Building


From 1995 to 2017, Manchester Metropolitan University hosted a series of very successful annual international conferences on ‘ALTERNATIVE FUTURES and POPULAR PROTEST’.

We’re very happy to announce that the Twenty Third AF&PP Conference will be held between Monday 26th and Wednesday 28th March 2018.

The Conference rubric will remain as in previous years. The aim is to explore the dynamics of popular movements, along with the ideas which animate their activists and supporters and which contribute to shaping their fate.

Reflecting the inherent cross-disciplinary nature of the issues, previous participants (from over 60 countries) have come from such specialisms as sociology, politics, cultural studies, social psychology, economics, history and geography. The Manchester conferences have been notable for discovering a fruitful and friendly meeting ground between activism and academia.


We invite offers of papers relevant to the conference themes. Papers should address such matters as:

  • contemporary and historical social movements and popular protests
  • social movement theory
  • utopias and experiments
  • ideologies of collective action

To offer a paper, please contact either of the conference convenors with a brief abstract:

EITHER Colin Barker,
OR Mike Tyldesley,
(Please use email, especially as both Colin Barker and Mike Tyldesley are now retired gents.)


One way we organise this particular conference is that we ask those giving papers to supply them in advance, for inclusion in a Dropbox folder of the complete papers which will be available to all delegates from the conference opening.

  • * Preferred method: send the paper to Colin Barker as an email attachment in MS Word or .pdf format. Any separate illustrations etc. should be sent separately, in .jpg format.
  • Final date for receipt of abstracts: Monday 26th February 2018
  • Final date for receipt of actual papers: Monday 12th March 2018
  • These are final dates. The earlier we receive abstracts, and actual papers, the better.


The conference will run from lunch-time Monday 26th March until after lunch on Wednesday 28th March 2018.

The conference cost will be inclusive of three lunches, teas/coffees. The full cost is £150.00, with a cost of £90.00 for students and the unwaged. Please register online at

Hotels, hostels and dining out

We can supply information about relatively cheap local hotels and hostels. Let us know if you would like this information.

We cannot do hotel or hostel bookings for you.

Conference participants will be invited to dine together at two local (and not too expensive) restaurants on the two conference evenings. Payment for dinners should not be made in advance, but directly to the restaurants on the night.

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