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ICELAND IN MOVEMENT – From the streets to the crowdsourced constitution

The eight event of this series will focus on a decade of political turmoil in Iceland starting from the 2008 financial crisis, to the pots and pans revolution, the crowdsourced constitution of 2011, to the massive protests following the release of the Panama papers in 2016.

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Movimenti del Mondo is a series of events promoted by the Scuola Normale Superiore and organized by Lorenzo Mosca (SNS) and Donatella della Porta (SNS).

The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, located in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, invites scholars and observers of these social phenomena to critically discuss such processes offering a comprehensive view, trying to identify the global trends behind and beyond the local events.

The eight event of this series will focus on a decade of political turmoil in Iceland starting from the 2008 financial crisis, to the pots and pans revolution, the crowdsourced constitution of 2011, to the massive protests following the release of the Panama papers in 2016. The discussion will be framed in historical perspective confronting first-hand accounts, scholarly analysis and the cinematographic gaze.

On November 29th the documentary-film ‘Blueberry Soup’ (2013) will tell us a story of grassroots constitutionalism in Iceland following the financial crisis of 2008. The film focuses on an eclectic group of individuals reinventing democracy through the rewriting of the national constitution. The film displays the public forums of the constitutional assemblies formal meetings and then follows five of the women which took part in the works of the assembly.

With

JÓN GUNNAR BERNBURG(University of Iceland)

DONATELLA DELLA PORTA (Scuola Normale Superiore)

EILEEN JERRETT (Documentary Film maker)

 

PROGRAMME

15:30-16:30 Keynote lecture by Jón Gunnar Bernburg

Discussant: Donatella della Porta

16:30-18:30 Screening of the documentary and discussion with the Director

Allegati

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News

08/06/2017

Call for Papers - Cosmos Conference "The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Student Movements in Late Neoliberalism"

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The Centre on Social Movement Studies, directed by Professor Donatella Della Porta, calls for papers addressing the recent global wave of student protests for a two-days conference to bel held in Florence, at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), on 15-16 November 2017.

19/05/2017

Video available for the International Conference – Beyond Borders: Refugees and Struggles in Europe Mobilization, Solidarity and Political Challenges in the Long Summer of Migration

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Watch the video of the International Conference – Beyond Borders, which was held at Palazzo Strozzi on May 12, 2017

19/05/2017

Marco Deseriis wins Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government

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Dr. Marco Deseriis, Marie Curie Fellow and Research Fellow at Cosmos, has won the Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government (Danube University, Krems Au Donau, Austria)

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

The Electoral Success of the Radical Left: Explaining the Least Likely Case of the Communist Party in Graz

Manès Weisskircher
Recently, scholars have shown a growing interest in radical left parties (RLPs). In terms of electoral success, the rise of the KPÖ Graz, the Communist Party in Austria’s second biggest city, represents perhaps the most counterintuitive case in Western Europe. This analysis shows how the party has managed to ‘own’ the issue of housing and to exploit local political opportunities in order to be electorally successful. The findings point to the importance of agency and the subnational level for RLPs, and highlight more general questions in the study of this party family.

Journal Article - 2017

Non-deliberative politics in deliberative democracy: distinct approaches for different actors

Andrea Felicetti
In this paper Andrea Felicetti first illustrates the main ideas of the systemic turn, explores the distinction between ‘deliberative’ and ‘non-deliberative’ politics and investigates the main arguments justifying non-deliberative politics. Then, he builds upon these arguments to shed new light on the relationship between deliberative and non-deliberative politics. He identifies three distinctive actors in deliberative systems (political institutions, empowered agents, and public space actors). Finally, he argues that deliberative democrats should adopt three different approaches (intensive, moderate, and free) in order to assess whether the use of non-deliberative politics by each of these actors is legitimate.