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Feminism(s) today from a grassroots perspective

On the 22nd of November, from 2pm to 4pm, Anna Lavizzari, Arianna Mainardi, Elena Pavan, Stefania Voli, and Zorica Sirocic will join us for a COSMOS roundtable to discuss about feminism(s) today from a grassroots perspective.

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COSMOS roundtable to discuss on feminism(s) today from a grassroots perspective.

The 25th of November is the international day for the elimination of violence against women – a yearly event that hosts many initiatives all over the world, from marches in the streets to social media actions, and functions as a climax of the widespread daily efforts pursued globally to achieve gender equality and equal rights for all genders. At COSMOS we decided to organize a roundtable to speak about feminism(s) today and their stance on gender-based violence as well as their mobilizations on other women’s issue. We hence invited Anna LavizzariArianna Mainardi, Elena Pavan  and Stefania Voli  – all based at the Scuola Normale Superiore and Research Fellows at COSMOS –  and Zorica Sirocic (University of Graz) to have a conversation on the boundaries and intersections of feminism(s) today from a grassroots perspective.

The COSMOS roundtable will be chaired by Alice Mattoni (SNS) and will take place in Aula Simone del Pollaiolo (Palazzo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Firenze) from 2pm to 4pm on November the 22nd.

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.