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Jochen Kleres – “Emotions and Climate Activism”

On May 11th 2017, at 3 p.m., Jochen Kleres (Scuola Normale Superiore) will present a paper entitled “Emotions and Climate Activism”

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This presentation focuses on several aspects of the role of emotions in global climate activism. One aspect is how some of the emotional bases of climate activism are co-produced in movement-related spaces such as the UN climate summits (COP) and the Youth activist conferences (COY) that precede them. Site-specific feeling rules combine into emotional regimes that shape climate activism and variously emphasize e.g. rationality, a sense of emergency and boredom at COP, or transnational solidarity or love at COY. Focusing on the space and the organization of the events brings into relief how these emotional regimes are conveyed. Secondly, I will focus specifically on the role of fear, hope, and anger in climate activism in order to understand how activists balance different emotions in order to produce and sustain activism. Finally, differences between activists from the global North vs. South highlight how climate activism may or may not be aligned with postpolitical, consensus-oriented depoliticizing discourse.

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.