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Social Movements and Translation: Democracy, Power and Communication – Nicole Doerr, University of Copenhagen

How can people work together across linguistic differences in local communities and transnational networks engaged in solidarity with disempowered communities?

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How can people work together across linguistic differences in local communities and transnational networks engaged in solidarity with disempowered communities? In 2016, the population of non-EU migrants in the European Union grew up to 22 million, but EU member states granted citizenship to less than 1 million persons. Given that migrants’ access to public voice and solidarity by majority citizens is limited through explicit and implicit boundaries of race/ethnicity, language, and ‘deservingness’ standards, what is the impact of self-organized practices of translation by migrants and groups supporting undocumented asylum seekers and refugees as volunteer interpreters, language justice translators or “gender justice” translators? In this talk, Nicole Doerr presents the collective practices of political translation, which helped multilingual and culturally diverse groups and transnational social movements work together more inclusively, avoiding conflict and coalition breakdown. Political translation, distinct from linguistic translation, is a set of disruptive and communicative practices developed by activists and grassroots community organizers in order to address inequities hindering democratic debate and to entreat powerful groups to work together more inclusively with disempowered groups. Based on ethnographic case studies in the US, Germany, Italy, Denmark, and the UK, Doerr portrays the potential and limitations of translation as a concept for studying social movements and progressive coalitions in different countries or segregated societies.

News

22/07/2019

Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

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Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.

21/06/2019

Call for papers: "The Nation and the Radical Left - Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics"

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The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.

18/06/2019

Call for papers: “Class without consciousness” – The Politics of Fragmented Class Identities

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The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 2019

Publications

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.

Journal Article - 2019

The Modern Prince and the Sociological Imagination

Riccardo Emilio Chesta, Michael Burawoy
Michael Burawoy in Conversation with Riccardo Emilio Chesta