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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

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

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.

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara
Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian CasaPound.

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.