The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Christian Fuchs – “Reading Marx’s ‘Capital’ in the Information Age”

On March 29th at 2 pm, Prof. Christian Fuchs (University of Westminster) will present a paper entitled “Reading Marx’s ‘Capital’ in the Information Age”.

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This talk will focus on the relevance of Marx’s theory in contemporary capitalism. First, it will discuss aspects of communication in Marxist theory. Second, the focus will be on how to theorise communication based on Hegel and Marx. Third, the talks will analyse digital labour in contemporary capitalism. Fourth, it will point out the importance of Marxist ideology critique in an increasingly authoritarian form of capitalism. Fifth, the presentation will engage with some causes of the contemporary capitalist crisis from a Marxian critical political economy perspective. Sixth, the conclusion will focus on the question how socialism can today pose a viable alternative to capitalism.

Christian Fuchs is a professor at the University of Westminster, where he is the Director of the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies and the Director of the Communication and Media Research Institute. He is co-editor of the journal tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique (http://www.triple-c.at) and as executive committee member of the European Sociological Assocation (ESA) the conference committee chair of the ESA 2017 conference “(Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities” (http://esa13thconference.eu/). His research focuses on contemporary critical and Marxist theory as well as critical digital and media sociology. @fuchschristian http://fuchs.uti.at





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COSMOS Talks Calendar - Second Semester 2018

Read here the full calendar of the COSMOS Talks Series


Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics

We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the 1st Summer School of the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy on ‘Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics’, sponsored by the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX), the European Council for Political Research (ECPR), and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).


Edited Volume - 2018

Solidarity Mobilizations in the ‘Refugee Crisis’. Contentious Moves

Donatella della Porta (ed.)
This edited volume ddresses a gap in research on social movements that has disregarded the origins of discontent and overlooks protest as a resource of the powerless; it offers insight into how the movement of refugees across the European Union and elsewhere activates political opportunities; it explores claims to citizenship made by refugees within processes of knowledge production and the mobilization of emotions

Journal Article - 2017

Reshaping Citizenship through Collective Action: Performative and Prefigurative Practices in the 2013–2014 Cycle of Contention in Bosnia & Hercegovina

Chiara Milan
This essay analyses the strategic practices adopted by social movement actors during the 2013 and 2014 mobilisations in Bosnia & Hercegovina. By bridging critical citizenship studies with literature on social movements, it classifies them as belonging to the realm of activist citizenship, but also as having a performative and prefigurative dimension.