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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

08/06/2017

Call for Papers - Cosmos Conference "The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Student Movements in Late Neoliberalism"

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The Centre on Social Movement Studies, directed by Professor Donatella Della Porta, calls for papers addressing the recent global wave of student protests for a two-days conference to bel held in Florence, at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), on 15-16 November 2017.

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)

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

Comparing Digital Protest Media Imaginaries: Anti-Austerity Movements in Greece, Italy & Spain

Emiliano Treré, Sandra Jeppensen and Alice Mattoni
Drawing on 60 semi­-structured interviews with activists involved in anti-austerity protests, the article brings together social movement studies and communications theories to compare digital protest media imaginaries in Greece, Spain and Italy

Journal Article - 2017

Technopopulism: The Emergence of a Discursive Formation

Marco Deseriis
This article argues that technopopulism is an emerging discursive formation that arises from the convergence of two preexisting discourses: populism and technolibertarianism. Whereas these discourses are historically distinct the global financial crisis and the 2011 wave of struggles precipitated the political conditions for their intersection and hybridization.