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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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2013 ECPR-COSMOS Summer School

The Summer School focuses on how to analyze present and past forms of grassroots participation activated by social movement and civil society actors at the local, regional and transnational level. More in general, it aims at disseminating knowledge on how to investigate processes and mechanisms that sustain the active citizens’ participation to and mobilization in the realm of politics.

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Grassroots participation and radical democracy have been at the center of the public and political debate in 2011 and 2012, when a new wave of contention crossed the entire world: from the Arab countries to North America; from Latin America to European countries. The emergence of a new wave of contention requires scholars to reflect on the research strategies and methodologies that are employed to study grassroots participation and radical democracy.

Although there is a considerable amount of research done on how social movements and civil society actors mobilize, specialized literature on how to actually investigate this phenomena is rare, although increasingly necessary with the recent wave of contention that mobilized citizens in the Arab, European and American countries. The Summer School addresses this gap discussing how to apply the most common methods in the social sciences to investigate political participation and mobilization.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME

The Summer School will last 10 teaching days for a total of 60 hours of didactic activities. Here you can find the academic programme.

20 Phd and Master students will present and discuss their papers on current social movements in a number of countries across the world. Here you can find the the students’ short bios and paper abstracts.

OPEN KEYNOTE SPEECHES

Three keynote speeches on social movements and research methods will be organized during the Summer School that are open to the EUI community:

  • Methodological Pluralism in Social Movement Research – Prof. Donatella della Porta, EUI

Monday, 16 September 2013, 10 am – 12 am, Theatre, Badia Fiesolana

  • Modes of coordination of collective action – Prof. Mario Diani, University of Trento and ICREA-UPF Barcelona

Friday, 20 September 2013, 10 am-12 am, Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

  • Varieties of models and methods to study demonstrations and individual participation to it – Prof. Olivier Fillieule, University of Lausanne

Thursday, 26 September 2013, 10 am -12 am, Hotel San Gallo Palace, Via Lorenzo il Magnifico, 2, Firenze

If interested, those who are not enrolled in the Summer School should register with Adele Battistini (adele.battistini@eui.eu), specifying the speech you wish to attend, no later than 13 September 2013.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Director Prof. Donatella della Porta (European University Institute);

Co-directors Dr. Francesca Forno (University of Bergamo);
Dr. Alice Mattoni (European University Institute);
Prof. Michele Micheletti (Stockholm University);

Academic Assistant Lorenzo Zamponi (European University Institute)

FINANCIAL AND LOGISTIC SUPPORT

The Summer School is kindly supported by:

  • The Standing Group on Participation and Mobilization of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)
  • Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at the European University Institute
  • Political and Social Sciences Department at the European University Institute

APPLICATION

The Summer School is open to 20 graduate and master students as well as early career researchers with a specialized interest in participation and mobilization in different fields of study, including political science, political sociology, political communication, and political anthropology from throughout European and beyond.

Applicants must email a cover letter in which they explain how the Summer School would be beneficial for their reserach, a 500-word abstract of their proposed paper, and a curriculum vitae no later than 15th of April 2013: to pam.summerschool[AT]gmail.com

Applicants will be informed of the outcome by email as soon as possible. Those offered places must confirm their participation within 7 days, after which places may be offered to applicants on the reserve list.

REQUIREMENTS

Students will be required to write and submit a 7.000-8.000 words paper before the starting of the Summer School. The paper will be then presented and discussed during one of the afternoon sessions.

Students will be also required to complete the mandatory readings for morning lectures and method sessions (see below) and to actively participate in discussion during morning and afternoon sessions.

Successful participation in the Summer School will be fully accredited with 30 credits and a certificate of participation.

English will be the working language of the Summer School. Therefore students are expected to have a good command of written and spoken English.

FEES

Full fees for the Summer School are €350 and cover tuition costs, academic materials, lunches at the EUI, welcome aperitivo & farewell dinner, use of library, computing and internet facilities.

Fees will not cover travel and accommodation costs, but a list of available accomodations will be circulated well in advance to all registered participants.

Details of how to pay will be emailed to all registered participants

The ECPR will offer two Travel and Accommodation grants (€300 each) that will be selected amongst participants. In order for the participants to be eligible to receive the grant, they must meet the following criteria:

  • be from an ECPR member institution who have paid their annual membership fee;
  • have paid their Summer School fees in full;
  • not be receiving any other funding to attend the Summer School; i.e. must be self-funded;
  • be subject to adequate academic performance during the Summer School, as assessed by the Summer School organising committee

CONTACT

Email contact for questions and clarifications about the Summer School: pam.summerschool[AT]gmail.com

News

06/10/2017

Open Democracy Post - "The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below

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Although some still conceive of the referendum as launched by a pro-independence vanguard, the elite story falls short of explaining the resilient participation of a large part of Catalan civil society. This post at Open Democracy addresses this issue from a different angle.

24/09/2017

New Publication Out - "Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis"

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A timely publication to shed light on the link between social movements that formed as a consequence of the 2008 financial crash and the referendums' dynamic and results.

25/08/2017

Donatella Della Porta con Yanis Varoufakis alla 13esima conferenza ESA

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Wednesday, August 30th (8pm-9.30pm) professor della Porta, who directs the Center on Social Movement Studies(Cosmos), will dialogue with Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Minister of Finance during the first Tsipras government, about the future of Europe and the social consequences of neoliberal economies

Publications

Monograph - 2018

Social Movements and Civil War : When Protests for Democratization Fail

Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker , Bogumila Hall , Emin Poljarevic
This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements' struggles for democracy ends up in civil war.

Monograph - 2017

Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis

Donatella Della Porta, Francis O'Connor, Martin Portos and Anna Subirats Ribas
Out now "Social movements and referendum from below", the first book that bridges the gap between social movement studies and research on direct democracy. It draws on social movement theory to understand the nature of popular mobilisation in referendums using unique case studies such as the referendum on independence in Scotland, the consultations on independence in Catalonia, the Italian referendum on water, the referendum on the Troika proposals in Greece and the referendum on the debt repayment in Iceland.