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

On the 24th of May, from 2pm to 4pm, Laszlo Bruszt (European University Institute), Ondrej Cisar (Charles University, Prague) and Andrea Pirro (Scuola Normale Superiore) will join us for a COSMOS roundtable to discuss about the recent anti-government protests in Central and Eastern European countries.

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A COSMOS roundtable to discuss the current left-wing and right-wing grassroots politics in Central and Eastern European countries.

Recently protests against the government’s attempt to shut down Central European University hit the news in several countries across the world. However, in the past decades people living in Central and Eastern European countries mobilized on several issues – from environmental problems to civil right violations, from the refugees crisis to political corruption -, taking the streets in a wave of anti-government protests in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Romania just to name a few.

We invited Laszlo Bruszt (Scuola Normale Superiore)Ondrej Cisar (Charles University, Prague) and Andrea Pirro (Scuola Normale Superiore) to have a conversation with us about how people mobilized in these countries, both in the right-wing and the left-wing of the political spectrum, also taking into account their relationship with more institutional political actors and the potential legacy of such mobilizations in the European context.

The COSMOS roundtable will be chaired by Alice Mattoni (SNS) and will take place in Aula Filippo Strozzi (Palazzo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Firenze) from 2pm to 4pm on May the 24th.

News

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.

Publications

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.

Journal Article - 2018

Mobilizing in transnational contentious spaces: linking relations, emotions and space in migrant activism

Elias Steinhilper
The article illustrates how the transnational spaces most migrants inhabit can be politicized and transformed into particular social formations, for which the term ‘transnational contentious spaces’ is suggested.