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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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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.

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A dialogue on labour, trade unions and conflicts

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

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17 Fully funded 4-years PhD positions in Political Science and Sociology and in Transnational Governance, Scuola Normale Superiore

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The grant is for 4 years. It is open to students of all nationalities. Coverage of research expenses (conferences, summer schools, research periods abroads) is provided.

Publications

Journal Article - 2019

Ballots and barricades enhanced: far‐right ‘movement parties’ and movement‐electoral interactions

Andrea Pirro
This contribution enhances our understanding of the contemporary far right by focusing on the neglected links between movements and elections within the broader context of contention.

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.