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Cosmos

The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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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.
MAKERS aims at fostering and exploring the virtuous encounter between two vibrant research strands that have hitherto developed quite independently one from the other: movements as spaces for knowledge production and learning and the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) within collective action dynamics

Cosmos events

26/06/2017 - 30/06/2017

Summer School on Media in Political Participation and Mobilization

Summer School

Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Scuola Normale Superiore, Firenze

07/06/2017

Andrea Pirro - "The populist politics of Euroscepticism in times of crisis"

Other

Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore - Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - Room Filippo Strozzi

24/05/2017

Between right-wing and left-wing mobilizations. Anti-government protests in Central and Eastern Europe.

Other

Aula Filippo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze

18/05/2017

James Jasper - "Gains and Losses: Rethinking Movement Outcomes"

COSMOS Talk

Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore - Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - Room Simone del Pollaiolo

Publications

Monograph - 2017

Where Did the Revolution Go? Contentious Politics and the Quality of Democracy by Donatella della Porta

Donatella della Porta
Where Did the Revolution Go? considers the apparent disappearance of the large social movements that have contributed to democratization. Revived by recent events of the Arab Spring, this question is once again paramount.

Journal Article - 2017

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

Alice Mattoni
The article explores the potential of media ecologies and media practices approaches to grasp the role of digital technologies in current social movements. Moreover, it adopts a media practice perspective to reflects on the relationship between the communicative dimension of social movements and the mundane individual use of digital technologies.

Monograph - 2017

Movement parties against austerity

Donatella della Porta, Joseba Fernandez, Hara Kouki and Lorenzo Mosca
The ascendance of austerity policies and the protests they have generated have had a deep impact on the shape of contemporary politics. The rise of movement parties challenges simplistic expectations of a growing separation between institutional and contentious politics and the decline of the left. Their return demands attention as a way of understanding both contemporary socio-political dynamics and the fundamentals of political parties and representation. Bridging social movement and party politics studies, within a broad concern with democratic theories, this volume presents new empirical evidence and conceptual insight into these topical socio-political phenomena, within a cross-national comparative perspective.

Journal Article - 2017

Reinventare la sinistra. Le basi politiche, culturali e organizzative di Podemos

Loris Caruso
What is Podemos? Which are its constitutive elements? How was it possible to build a party able to reach a wide consensus (the 20%) in a very short time (two years)? Trying to reach a general definition of the main features of this new party, the article investigates the elements at the basis of the emergence of Podemos

News

19/05/2017

Video available for the International Conference – Beyond Borders: Refugees and Struggles in Europe Mobilization, Solidarity and Political Challenges in the Long Summer of Migration

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Watch the video of the International Conference – Beyond Borders, which was held at Palazzo Strozzi on May 12, 2017

19/05/2017

Marco Deseriis wins Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government

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Dr. Marco Deseriis, Marie Curie Fellow and Research Fellow at Cosmos, has won the Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government (Danube University, Krems Au Donau, Austria)

15/05/2017

Book premiere - The Great Regression

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Watch here the book premiere for "The Great Regression", held in Berlin at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt

04/05/2017

Donatella Della Porta at the University of Westminster

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On May 4, 2017 at 6 p.m., Prof. Donatella Della Porta will give a public lecture at the University of Westminster focusing on democratic practices in social movements

30/04/2017

Donatella della Porta on Progressive and Regressive Politics in Late Neoliberalism

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In a video, professor Donatella della Porta speaks about her essay "Progressive and regressive politics in late neoliberalism" included in The Great Regression collection

The Centre on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos) is a network located at the Institute of Humanities and Social Science at 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.