Movement Engaged

Movement Engaged is dedicated to disciplined movement-engaged research relevant to social movement activists and policymakers.  Housed within the Center for Social Science Research, we are a hub where scholars, activists, and other partners within and beyond George Mason University combine their experience, knowledge and skills in creating ideas, understandings, networks, and infrastructure to renew social movement theory and practice. We work to deepen democracy in formal politics, the economy, and in the broader civil society.  Thus, through intentional engagement with community, constituency, and transnational organizations and networks, we seek to engender new visions, practices, relations, institutions, and systems that liberate human potential and emancipate our global society.

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Event Highlights:

Webinar: Innovation on Documenting LGBTQ+ Rights Violations in Mexico

Date: December 8, 2022 | 11am-12pm

Location: Zoom Webinar

The collection of data related to at-risk populations in Latin America remains a pending obligation for the region's national governments. With respect to LGBTQ+ people, international bodies have revealed that the existing data do not reflect the full dimensions of the violence and discrimination experienced by queer persons in the Americas. Visible is a non-governmental platform developed by a Mexican NGO, with the support of Georgetown University. It allows for the collection of violent and discriminatory incidents against LGBTQ+ people, and demonstrates how ICTs can counter societal misinformation and provide information to decision makers to create data-driven inclusive policies.

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Corporate Accountability for Gross Human Rights Violations: Actors, Visions, Strategies

Date: May 25 to May 26, 2023

Location: National University of Political Science and Public Administration, Bucharest

This international conference aims to fill this gap by exploring the role of national civil societies and transnational advocacy networks in the struggle for corporate accountability. We argue that in order to understand what happens in this emergent field of activism, it is necessary to profile the agents that shape this field and to connect their visions of corporate liability to their professional and regional backgrounds, as well as their political goals. Participants are invited to reflect on a variety of actors and networks seeking justice across the world, and the ways their strategies are informed by different national and regional contexts, and diverse ideological and professional understandings of accountability processes. The conference is open to research on this large spectrum of actors and their repertoires of actions, including, but not limited to, advocacy for regional and international treaties, criminal and civil litigations, boycotts, divestment campaigns, truth commissions, formal declarations, whistleblowing, shadow accounting, shareholder activism, developing social disclosure standards, physical occupation of assets and other forms of direct action.

Please submit your proposal including authors’ names, email addresses and affiliations, a short CV and an abstract of around 300 words by 25 January 2023. The conference organizers will provide a response to the proposals by 30 January 2023. Selected participants will be invited to submit their papers (max. 7,000 words including tables, figures, and references) by 10th May, 2023.

Papers presented at this conference will be considered for publication (in English) in a special issue of an international academic journal or  an edited volume at a prestigious university press. Please, submit paper abstracts to: For additional information, please contact Raluca Grosescu (

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Interested in joining the Movement Engaged Research Hub?

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