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Cosmos

The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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The project aims at mapping collective experiences by young people pursuing a just and sustainable European society in selected European countries in order to explore youth participation and attitude to engage in different political domains.
The focus of this project is on civil society’s alternative visions and practices of Europe. As trust in the European Union (EU) is dramatically falling amongst its citizens, research on alternative visions of Europe ‘from below’ appear all the more relevant.
PiCME – Political participation in Complex Media Environments investigates political participation in complex media environments. It does so by looking at how mechanisms and processes of political participation evolve in complex media environments and the consequences within the political sphere at large and in relation to political actors in particular.
EURYKA is a cross-national research project which provides systematic and practice-related knowledge about how inequalities mediate youth political participation.
Starting from the observation that armed groups shift in their forms of political violence across time and space, the project will seek to identify the continuous shifts and investigate those socio-spatial relations between armed groups and their constituencies that drive these trajectories from one type of violence to the other.

Cosmos events

06/03/2019

Making of a common woman figure: Convergence and struggle of visual practices around Gezi’s icon - M. Ragip Zik, Free University Berlin

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5pm, Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

07/02/2019

What Do Social Movements Do inside Parliament? - Federico Rossi, Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)

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5pm, Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

16/01/2019

Anti-Neoliberal Populisms in Comparative Perspective: A Framework for Analysis - Enrico Padoan, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze

12/12/2018

Populism and Popular Music - Manuela Caiani, Scuola Normale Superiore

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5pm - Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Palazzo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore

11/12/2018

From militant protest to rioting: Dynamics of bystander mobilization during protests - Stefan Malthaner, Hamburg Institute for Social Research

COSMOS Talk

11am - Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

Publications

Monograph - 2018

Political Strategies and Social Movements in Latin America. The Zapatistas and Bolivian Cocaleros

Leonidas Oikonomakis
This book investigates how social movements form their political strategies in their quest for social change and -when they shift from one strategy to another- why and how that happens.

Monograph - 2018

The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Struggles and Power Relations within English and Italian Universities

Lorenzo Cini
Drawing on neo-institutionalist and social movement approaches, this book analyses the impact that recent student mobilizations have brought about within Italian and English universities in terms of student services, curriculum organization, and governance structures.

Chapter in edited book - 2018

A situated understanding of digital technologies in social movements: Media ecology and media practice approaches

Alice Mattoni
The chapter reflects on the need to include and combine different theoretical approaches in social movement studies so as to construct more meaningful understanding of how social movement actors deals with digital technologies and with what outcomes in societies

Chapter in edited book - 2018

I post, you rally, she tweets…and we all occupy. The challenges of hybrid spatiality in the Occupy Wall Street mobilizations

Alice Mattoni
Exploring the interconnections between camps and platforms, this chapter shows how a fluid conception of spatiality emerged in the Occupy Wall Street mobilizations, which had vital implications for the participation patterns of activists.

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.

News

07/01/2019

Donatella della Porta at the Stein Rokkan lecture in Mons - 9 April 2019

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Donatella della Porta invited to give the Stein Rokkan lecture during the next ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops in April 2019.

07/01/2019

Call for Papers - Social Movements and Parties in a Fractured Media Landscape

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The call for papers is now open for a two-day symposium held under the auspices of the journal ‘Information, Communication & Society’ (iCS) at the Centre on Social Movement Studies, 1-2 July 2019.

29/11/2018

Call for Papers - International Conference on Feminist Alliances

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The conference will focus on the role played by discourses, practices and politics in the construction and political consequences of feminist alliances with inequalities defined by class, race/ethnicity, citizenship, age, disability and sexuality.

20/11/2018

Call for Papers - International Conference The Contentious Politics of Solidarity

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The conference will focus on the contestation of acts of solidarity by counter-movements and the state, as well as on resistance to it by migrant and pro-migrant movements.

The Centre on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos) is a network located at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence.

It focuses on social movements as part of broader contentious politics. It promotes theoretically-driven empirical analyses on forms, dimensions, causes and impacts of social movements, in established democracies as well as authoritarian regimes. Particular attention is given to social movements as promoters of democratization processes.