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

The conference provides the chance for an interdisciplinary debate between scholars coming from the fields of social movement studies and political philosophy, who have been analysing the issue of migration and the episodes of collective action related to it through different conceptual lenses.

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In the last few years, an increasing number of migrants sought asylum in Europe. This phenomenon triggered a series of events and processes in different domains. Among them, various episodes of collective action took place in different countries: grassroots actions and initiatives in solidarity with refugees, self-organised protests lead by the same refugees at the borders and in camps, transnational campaigns demanding changes in European policies, and so on. The conference addresses these issues from different points of view and with the contribution of researchers and activists coming from different fields. In particular, this conference provides the chance for an interdisciplinary debate between scholars coming from the fields of social movement studies and political philosophy, who have been analysing the issue of migration and the episodes of collective action related to it through different conceptual lenses.

The morning session is dedicated to the discussion of the first results of the research project on collective action and refugees conducted by researchers at the Scuola Normale Superiore for the last year, under the direction of Donatella della Porta. The empirical focus is on the protest events related to the so-called ‘long summer of migration’ of 2015 all along the route followed by the migrants, from places of first arrival to places of passage and, then, places of destination. Through qualitative and quantitative data, researcher have mapped, within a cross-national comparative perspective, the wide set of actions and initiatives that are being created in solidarity with refugees that made the journey to the European Union to seek asylum, traveling across the Mediterranean Sea or through Southeast Europe. They focus on these cases from the perspective of social movement studies, aiming at bridging it with studies on migration and citizenship.

The afternoon session will be based on the outcomes of the DESEXIL project, directed by Marie-Claire Caloz-Tschopp at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris, favouring an interdisciplinary dialogue between social movement studies and political philosophy. The discussion will take place in two roundtables, with the participation of members of DESEXIL Marie-Claire Caloz-Tschopp, Federico Oliveri and Ilaria Possenti, of social movement scholars Nicole Doerr and Pierre Monforte, of political philosopher Sandro Mezzadra and of activist Daniela Padoan. The goal of this session is to discuss the main theoretical elements related to the episodes of collective action that are taking place along the migrant roots and the borders of Europe, focusing on the emergence of new subjectivities, practices, knowledge, worldviews and alternative policies across the borders.

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News

06/10/2017

Open Democracy Post - "The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below

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Although some still conceive of the referendum as launched by a pro-independence vanguard, the elite story falls short of explaining the resilient participation of a large part of Catalan civil society. This post at Open Democracy addresses this issue from a different angle.

24/09/2017

New Publication Out - "Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis"

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A timely publication to shed light on the link between social movements that formed as a consequence of the 2008 financial crash and the referendums' dynamic and results.

25/08/2017

Donatella Della Porta con Yanis Varoufakis alla 13esima conferenza ESA

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Wednesday, August 30th (8pm-9.30pm) professor della Porta, who directs the Center on Social Movement Studies(Cosmos), will dialogue with Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Minister of Finance during the first Tsipras government, about the future of Europe and the social consequences of neoliberal economies

Publications

Monograph - 2018

Social Movements and Civil War : When Protests for Democratization Fail

Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker , Bogumila Hall , Emin Poljarevic
This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements' struggles for democracy ends up in civil war.

Monograph - 2017

Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis

Donatella Della Porta, Francis O'Connor, Martin Portos and Anna Subirats Ribas
Out now "Social movements and referendum from below", the first book that bridges the gap between social movement studies and research on direct democracy. It draws on social movement theory to understand the nature of popular mobilisation in referendums using unique case studies such as the referendum on independence in Scotland, the consultations on independence in Catalonia, the Italian referendum on water, the referendum on the Troika proposals in Greece and the referendum on the debt repayment in Iceland.