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Mobilization for independence in Catalonia, its discontents, opportunities and prospects.

On Wednesday 6th December, Donatella della Porta (chair), Ferrán Giménez, Martín Portos, Anna Subirats, Lucrecia Rubio and Guillem Vidal will participate in a COSMOS Roundtable about mobilization for independence in Catalonia, its discontents, opportunities and prospects.

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The Constitution Day marks the anniversary of a referendum held in Spain on 6 December, 1978. Almost four decades later, the 1978 Constitutional framework faces one of its most critical moments due to Catalonia’s bid for self-determination and, ultimately, secession. Since the last regional elections in 2015, the governing pro-independence coalition in Catalonia has been rooted in its promise to organize a binding referendum on independence and its commitment to a unilateral declaration of independence if it obtained more than 50% in favor. After secessionist Catalan MPs voted to establish an independent republic, the Spanish authorities dissolved its parliament and ordered regional elections to be held on 21 December. The Catalan case represents one clear example of mass politics that transcends parties and institutions though. In order to emphasize the participatory processes generated by grassroots mobilisations which predate the actual vote by years of civil society agitation and popular contestation, Donatella della Porta, Francis O’Connor,Martín Portos and Anna Subirats have recently coined the term “referendums from below”. The COSMOS Rountable speakers will also reflect upon the implications and challenges that the Catalan procés poses for the broader political and socioeconomic status quo.
 
The COSMOS roundtable on Catalonia will take place in Room Simone del Pollaiolo (Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze) from 5pm to 7pm on December the 6th.

News

13/12/2017

Call for Paper: Conference “1968-2018, fifty years after: Where is the social movements field going?”

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Taking the 1968 anniversary as a stimulating moment for reflection, this conference seeks to provide space for looking at the implications of that period on social movement research as well as addressing a number of key questions in current social movement research.

04/12/2017

Martin Portos Garcia wins the ISA's Seventh Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists

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The International Sociological Association has just announced the list of the winners of the Seventh Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists engaged in social research, amongst which Martin Portos Garcia - post-doc fellow at COSMOS

10/11/2017

Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Youth Political Participation in Times of Inequalities

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We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the Summer School on Youth Political Participation in Times of Inequalities, sponsored by the Reinventing Democracy in Europe: Youth Doing Politics in Times of Increasing Inequalities project (EURYKA) and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

Repertoires of knowledge practices: Social movements in times of crisis

Donatella della Porta and Elena Pavan
Starting from the assumption that knowledge becomes all the more important for movements in times of crisis, as old structures are challenged and new ones envisaged and proved feasible, the purpose of this paper is to suggest ways to expand the toolkit of social movement studies in order to empirically address knowledge practices as a meaningful part of contemporary progressive activism.

Journal Article - 2017

’Solidarietà sconvenienti’. Reti online di estrema destra contro e per la riforma dell’Europa

Elena Pavan and Manuela Caiani
By focusing on the websites of extreme right organizations in six European countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) and by making a combined use of digital research tools and social network analysis, we explore how extreme right organizations make a strategic use of ICTs to connect in the online space and the arguments they move forward to criticize and reform current projects of European integration. Our results suggest that ICTs sustain the construction of inconvenient solidarities in heterogeneous ways, supporting different modes of online conversations amongst extreme right websites which, in turn, affect their capacity to propose shared critiques and proposals to reform the European Union.