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In the current crisis of political representation in liberal democracies, social movements visibly challenge and transgress institutionalized and everyday knowledge. Although knowledge production has always been a part of political activism, it has been little explored as a separate issue.
The current crisis of political representation in liberal democracies is accompanied by growing mistrust of institutionalized knowledge production and dissemination. Amplified by the everyday use of digital media, which enables civil society actors to challenge professional media, non-institutionalized forms of knowledge production and transfer practices gain in importance. In these conflict-laden challenges of hegemonic worldviews, social movements play an important role as collective actors. Moreover, collective and political actors such as the climate justice movement not only confront hegemonic models, but also develop their own "repertoires of knowledge practices" (della Porta/ Pavan 2017) such as counter-expertise, alternative epistemologies, and experimental and participatory formats of knowledge production. Even though social movement studies have comprehensively investigated cultural processes of "framing", repertoires of knowledge practices have so far been studied less systematically.
We therefore invite contributions that address, but are not limited to, the following topics: Which practices include repertoires of knowledge practices? How do collective spaces and arenas of participatory knowledge production form? Which forms of counter-expertise and alternative expert-knowledge (especially in anti-racist struggles and environmental movements) become significant? What significance does local and experiential knowledge have in social movements and how does it form (e.g. as narrative)? How do counter-hegemonic knowledge regimes contest institutionalized knowledge regimes? What historical points of reference can be found for forms of knowledge production in social movements? Should we as researchers participate in these processes of knowledge production and what does collaborative research in social movements look like?
Mariana Arjona Soberón (LMU)Sabrina Stallone (University of Bern)
Felix Lussem (University of Cologne)