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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

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.

16/06/2018

Martin Portos wins the Juan J. Linz Prize to the Best thesis in Political Science 2017

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Martin Portos was just awarded with the Juan J. Linz Prize to the Best thesis in Political Science 2017 with his tesis “Voicing outrage, contending with austerity. Mobilization in Spain under the Great Recession”, realized under the supervision of prof. Donatella della Porta.

18/05/2018

Donatella della Porta at the Belleuve Forum in Berlin - May 23, 2018

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On May 23rd, 2018, the Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier talks with Donatella della Porta, Christoph Möllers and David Van Reybrouck about anti-politics, anti-establishment and the dangers of indifference to the political to address the 2018 topic of the Forum "Society without Politics - Testing Liberal Democracies".

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Comparing hybrid media systems in the digital age: A theoretical framework for analysis

Alice Mattoni and Diego Ceccobelli
The relationship between media and politics today is deeply entrenched in the wide use of information and communication technologies to the point that scholars speak about the emergence of hybrid media systems in which older and newer media logics combine. However, it is still unclear how the configuration of hybrid media systems changes across countries today, especially with regard to the interconnection between media and politics. The article develops a theoretical framework to capture such national differences.

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.