Movement Engaged Research Hub

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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Corporate Accountability for Major International Crimes: A Fragmented Cause?

Date: May 25 to May 26, 2023

Location: SNSPA Bucharest

This conference seeks to move forward the academic debates on corporate accountability by providing a platform for sociological analysis of the variety of actors and their fragmented / competing ideas on how to deal with, punish, and prevent the involvement of multinational corporations in mass crimes. We argue that in order to understand what happens in the pursuit of corporate accountability, 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. Drawing upon critical studies on transnational social movements, advocacy networks, and norm formation, we aim to examine how different actors and networks seek justice, and how their strategies are informed by different ideological, professional, or regional understandings of these accountability processes. How do different actors involved in the struggle to hold corporations accountable frame their efforts? To whom do they address their justice claims, and how? What role does the institutional and cultural background of different actors play? How do different understandings of human rights, economic globalization, development, and democratization shape different strategies of actions? And to what extent do professional interests and competition for funding affect and divide repertoires of action?

Please submit your proposal including authors’ names, email addresses and affiliations, a short CV and an abstract of around 300 words by 30 November 2022.  The conference organizers will provide a response to the proposals by 10 December 2022. Selected participants will be invited to submit their papers (max. 7,000 words including tables, figures, and references) by 10th May 2023. A selection of papers will be published in English, in a special issue of an international academic journal / 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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