“Sharing Society. The Impact of Collaborative Collective Actions in the Transformation of Contemporary Societies”

CALL FOR PAPERS (deadline December 16th, 2018):

International Conference “Sharing Society. The Impact of Collaborative
Collective Actions in the Transformation of Contemporary Societies“

University of the Basque Country, Bilbao (Spain), May 23-24, 2019

Context and Rationale
Although the concept of collective action has been widely used in the field
of social sciences, giving rise to the area of social movements studies,
little research has focused on the collaborative aspect of this action. In
recent years, the emerging field of studies on the “sharing economy” has
shed some long-overdue light on this aspect. However, some of the cases
that have been described as part of this phenomenon, such as Uber or
AirBnB, lack key collaborative traits in both their setup and praxis. So
much so that scholars have called for the use of the term “true sharing
economy” to distinguish the latter from more nuanced and complex

The concept of “sharing society” is inspired by the definition of
collaborative collective action (Tejerina, 2016): “the group of practices
and formal and informal interactions that take place among individuals,
collectives or associations that share a sense of belonging or common
interests, that collaborate and are in conflict with others, and that have
the intent of producing or precluding social change through the
mobilization of certain social sectors.”

This conference stems from the research project “Sharing Society. The
Impact of Collaborative Collective Action. Analysis of the Effects of
Practices, Bonds, Structures and Mobilizations in the Transformation of
Contemporary Societies,” funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and
Competitiveness (MINECO CSO2016-78107-R), and hosted by the Collective
Identity Research Center, University of the Basque Country (Spain).

2. Scope and Objectives

This international conference sets out to analyse the characteristics,
trajectory and impact of collaborative collective actions in a context of
erosion of the welfare state. It also seeks to present and discuss the most
recent innovations, trends, and concerns, as well as practical challenges
encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of collaborative collective
actions. The conference will address the following questions:

How, when and where does collaborative collective action occur?

Which are the characteristics of contemporary collaborative collective

What are the practical, symbolic, and legal effects of collaborative
collective actions for the forging and recovery of social bonds?

What forms of interaction emerge from these types of actions?

What is the role of technologies supporting and forging this kind of

We invite theoretical and empirical proposals that explore collaborative
collective actions in different areas: work, production, consumption,
culture, art, science, technology, communication, knowledge and education,
solidarity with precarious groups, civic participation and politics. Topics
of interest include, but are not limited to:

Food and agricultural production: food sovereignty, agro-ecology, zero
kilometre movement, food and sustainable soil experiences, urban
agriculture and community gardens;

Arts: art and the commons, collaborative art and new forms of creative
commons, distributed design;

Science and knowledge: collaborative forms of scientific production,
citizen science, emerging technologies for collaboration and sharing;

Care and co-housing: solidarity networks for personal care, health care,
age care, childcare, personal quantification movement, co-housing;

Culture: collaborative culture, open culture movement; collective actions
for sharing and creating collective memory;

Economy, work and consumption: collaborative economy, circular economy, new
forms of collaborative work and co-working, collaborative consumption, time
banks, platforms for sharing resources and experiences;

Technology: Maker and DIY movement, open source technology initiatives,
network manufacturing, medialab experiences, hacktivism, the role of TIC
for sharing, new onthologies of sharing and sharing platforms for
collective actions;

Politics: collaborative forms of political and institutional governance,
networks of cities, institutions and citizenship, participatory democracy,
participatory budgeting, open government, collective intelligence for

We encourage the submission of papers drawing on theoretical and
methodological approaches from diverse fields of study, such as the social
sciences, media and communication studies, humanities, architecture, urban
planning and design. We also invite contributions from actors working with
citizen participation in the sciences, arts, media and/or politics (e.g. in
cultural institutions, cultural policy, social media platforms,
cooperatives, and NGOs).

3. Application and Selection Process
Proposals can be presented in two formats: paper and poster presentations.
The selection of proposals will be conducted in two ensuing phases:

Abstracts: Abstracts will be selected on the basis of academic excellence,
relevance, and thematic fit to ensure focused discussion at the conference.
Abstracts are due on December 16, 2018, and acceptance/rejection letters
will be sent out by January 14, 2019 after a double-blind peer review

Papers: Authors whose abstracts have been accepted will be required to
submit full papers by March 4, 2019. All papers will go through a
double-blind peer review process. Reviewers’ comments and suggestions will
be sent out before April 1, 2019. Revised papers are due on April 15, 2019;
these versions will be published in the conference proceedings.

Posters: Authors whose abstracts have been accepted will be required to
submit the full text of their posters by March 4, 2019 (the final lay-out
of the poster is not necessary at this time; please, send only the
contents, both text and tables/ graphs/ images, in a sole PDF file). All
poster proposals will go through double -blind peer review. Reviewers’
comments and suggestions will be sent out before April 1, 2019. Revised
versions of the posters, including layout, are due on April 15, 2019; these
versions will be published in the conference proceedings.

Please, ensure that your proposals meet the conference’s strict guidelines
for the submission of abstracts, papers and posters detailed in the
conference website:

Abstracts, papers and posters, in both original and revised versions, must
be sent exclusively through the conference platform:

4. Official Language and Oral Presentation Guidelines

English is the official language of the conference. Abstracts, papers and
poster submissions, as well as oral presentations, should be done
preferably in English.

We will however accept abstracts, papers and posters in Spanish. Oral
presentations in Spanish are welcome provided they are accompanied by a
written translation into English (to be handed out in the conference room
at the beginning of each session, or included in a PowerPoint presentation).

All plenary sessions will count with simultaneous English-Spanish
translation; regular sessions will not have simultaneous translation.

Final instructions for oral presentation detailing both time slots and
available resources will be sent out three weeks prior to the conference.

Conference Proceedings

All accepted papers and posters will be published in the conference
proceedings in both digital and paper formats. The proceedings will be
published with an ISBN number issued by the University of the Basque
Country Press under the Creative Commons license. The proceedings book will
be available for access and download from the conference website and in
other academic platforms (e.g. Academia, ResearchGate, etc.).

Special Journal Issue

A number of selected full text papers will be submitted for publication as
part of an indexed journal special issue proposal. All conference papers
will be eligible for this issue. The selection will be based on peer review
reports, and will be carried out by the special issue Guest Editors in
collaboration with the journal’s Editor-in-Chief.

Important Dates

Abstracts submission deadline: December 16, 2018
Notification of abstract acceptance/rejection: January 14, 2019
Payment deadline for presenters: February 15, 2019
Full paper/poster submission deadline: March 4, 2019
Reviewers’ comments due: April 1, 2019
Revised full paper/poster submission deadline: April 15, 2019
Oral presentation guidelines and program sent out to participants: April
30, 2019
Conference dates: May 23-24, 2019

Registration and Conference Fees

Conference fees include two lunches and four coffee break refreshments, one
conference kit, and the publication of conference proceedings in both
digital and paper formats. Registration and payment must be carried out
through the conference platform: https://www.conftool.com/sharing2019. All
participants (presenters, including all co-authors, and non-presenters)
must register to be able to attend the conference.

Paper presenters and co-authors: 120 Euros
Poster presenters and co-authors: 70 Euros
Undergraduate Students (Non-presenters): free of charge (proof required)
Other non-presenters: 50 Euros before April 30, 2019. After this date
registration fees will be 100 Euros.


For questions please send an email to the Conference Local Organizing
Committee at:  gkz.sharingsociety@ehu.eus

Details about the Call for Papers can be found at: