Interface Journal: Repression and Social Movements

by · May 23, 2011


A new issue of the journal Interface was released today: Repression and Social Movements

I’m the Oceania editor, and am currently seeking a co-editor to assist me with South-East Asia.

For our Australian readers, note there is an article by Liz Thompson and Ben Rosenzweig on international students and the education economy in Australia (‘Public policy is class war pursued by other means: struggle and restructuring as international education economy’, see pp. 39-80).

Interface: a journal for and about social movements

Volume three, issue one (May 2011): Repression and social movements
Issue editors: Cristina Flesher Fominaya, Lesley Wood
Volume three, issue one of Interface, a peer-reviewed e-journal produced and refereed by social movement practitioners and engaged movement researchers, is now out, on the special theme “Repression and social movements”. Interface is open-access (free), global and multilingual. Our overall aim is to “learn from each other’s struggles”: to develop a dialogue between practitioners and researchers, but also between different social movements, intellectual traditions and national or regional contexts.

This issue of Interface includes 296 pages with 20 pieces in English and Portuguese, by authors writing from / about Angola, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, South Africa, the UK and the US. Articles include:

  • Cristina Flesher Fominaya and Lesley Wood, Editorial: repression and social movements

Theme-related articles:

  • Peter Ullrich and Gina Rosa Wollinger, A surveillance studies perspective on protest policing: the case of video surveillance of demonstrations in Germany
  • Liz Thompson and Ben Rosenzweig, Public policy is class war pursued by other means: struggle and restructuring in international education economy
  • Kristian Williams, Counter-insurgency and community policing
  • Fernanda Maria Vieira and J. Flávio Ferreira, “Nãsomos chilenos, somos mapuches!”: as vozes do passado no presente da luta mapuche por seu território
  • Roy Krøvel, From indios to indígenas: guerrilla perspectives on indigenous peoples and repression in Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua

Action / practice notes and event analysis from:

  • Musab Younis, British tuition fee protest, November 9, 2010
  • Dino Jimbi, Campanha “Nãpartam a minha casa”
  • Mac Scott, G20 mobilizing in Toronto and community organizing: opportunities created and lessons learned
  • Aileen O’Carroll, Alessio Lunghi, Laurence Cox, “I’m in the news today, oh boy”: smear tactics and media bullying

Other articles:

  • Eurig Scandrett and Suroopa Mukherjee, Globalisation and abstraction in the Bhopal survivors’ movement
  • George Sranko, Collaborative governance and a strategic approach to facilitating change: the South East Queensland Forest Agreement and the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement
  • John Agbonifo, Territorialising Niger Delta conflicts: place and contentious mobilisation

 This issue’s reviews include the following titles:

  • Laurence Davis and Ruth Kinna, Anarchism and utopianism
  • Fiona Dukelow and Orla O’Donovan, Mobilising classics: reading radical writing in Ireland
  • David Graeber, Direct action: an ethnography
  • Nathalie Hyde-Clarke, The citizen in communication: re-visiting traditional, new and community media practices in South Africa
  • Gabriel Kuhn, Sober living for the revolution: hardcore punk, Straight Edge, and radical politics
  • Alf Gunvald Nilsen, Dispossession and resistance in India: the river and the rage

call for papers for volume 4 issue 1 of Interface is now open, on the theme of “The season of revolution: the Arab spring” (submissions deadline November 1 2011). We can review and publish articles in Afrikaans, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Maltese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu. The website has the full CFP and details on how to submit articles for this issue at
Volume 3, issue 2 on “Feminism, women’s movements and women in movement” is due to be published in November 2011. 

A call for papers for volume 4 issue 2, on “The global emancipation of labour: new movements and struggles around work and workers” will shortly be published (deadline May 1 2012 for publication in November 2012).

Interface is always open to new collaborators. We need activists and academics who can referee articles in Chinese, Indonesian and Russian in particular, and translators to help with our multilingual project more generally. We are also looking for people willing to help set up regional groups in East Asia and Central Asia. We are also looking for collaborators for our existing groups, particularly but not only the African, South Asian, Spanish-speaking Latin American, East and Central European, and Oceania / SE Asian groups. More details can be found on our website:

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