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Julia Rone – “ ‘Don’t Worry: We are from the Internet’: Mobilizing against ACTA and TTIP in the Age of Austerity”

On April 6th, from 5 to 6 p.m., Julia Rone (European University Institute), will discuss her work entitled: “Don’t Worry: We are from the Internet”: Mobilizing against ACTA and TTIP in the Age of Austerity

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In my presentation I analyse how, far from being simply a tool for political mobilization, the Internet became a political cause in itself in the 2012 protests against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. I address three important questions related to movement diffusion and spill-over effects between different social movements. First, why did anti-ACTA protests spread in the North, East and West of Europe but not in the South (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece)? Second, what types of frames and protest repertoires spread in the campaign against ACTA? Did information spread from protesters at the national level to Brussels-based NGOs or the other way round? Did the protesters in each country go to the streets for their own specific reasons or was there a common European dialogue? Finally, I explore how the campaign against ACTA paved the way and opened opportunities for subsequent mobilizations against free trade agreements, more specifically against TTIP. I trace what types of frames and repertoires diffused between the anti-ACTA and the anti-TTIP campaigns and to what extent did organizational communities and coalitions overlap, considering the much broader scope of TTIP.  Ultimately, I argue that the mobilization against TTIP has shifted the focus from the techno-utopianism of the Arab Spring, Occupy, and anti-ACTA to a more sober emphasis on issues of sovereignty and self-determination as sources of positive political change.

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.

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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

Comparing Digital Protest Media Imaginaries: Anti-Austerity Movements in Greece, Italy & Spain

Emiliano Treré, Sandra Jeppensen and Alice Mattoni
Drawing on 60 semi­-structured interviews with activists involved in anti-austerity protests, the article brings together social movement studies and communications theories to compare digital protest media imaginaries in Greece, Spain and Italy

Journal Article - 2017

Technopopulism: The Emergence of a Discursive Formation

Marco Deseriis
This article argues that technopopulism is an emerging discursive formation that arises from the convergence of two preexisting discourses: populism and technolibertarianism. Whereas these discourses are historically distinct the global financial crisis and the 2011 wave of struggles precipitated the political conditions for their intersection and hybridization.