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Seminar – Gender and Political Analysis. Understanding the nexus, facing the challenges

What does a gender lens mean for politics and political analysis? What are the different perspectives through which politics, power, political agencies, and policies can be seen using a gender lens? With what implications?
On January 25th, 2018, at 3pm, we discuss of these themes with Johanna Kantola, Emanuela Lombardo, Claudia Padovani, and Donatella della Porta

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The year 2017 has witnessed unprecedented attention on the issues of gender, gendered inequality and gender-based discriminations and abuses. An international debate has thus spurred reaching public and media attention – with Silence Breakers becoming the 2017 Time’s “Person of the year”, activists engaging online and offline in large scale demonstrations and campaigns, and policymaking having to engage in the promotion of gender equality. But what does adopting a gender lens mean for politics and political analysis? What are the different perspectives through which politics, power, political agencies, and policies can be seen by using a gender lens? With what implications?
On January 25th, at 3pm, we discuss these themes in the COSMOS Seminar “Gender and Political Analysis. Understanding the nexus, facing the challenges”, promoted in the context of the project MAKERS – Movements As KnowledgE produceRS and learning spaces in the digital age, and featuring presentations from prof. Johanna Kantola and prof. Emanuela Lombardo, authors of the book “Gender and Political Analysis” (Palgrave, 2017), prof. Claudia Padovani, Director of the Interdepartmental Center for Gender Studies of the University of Padova, and prof. Donatella della Porta, Dean of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of Centre of Social Movements Studies.

News

19/12/2017

10 Fully funded 4-years PhD positions in Political Science and Sociology, for the AA. 2018/2019, Scuola Normale Superiore

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The grant is for 4 years. it is open to students of all nationalities. Coverage of research expenses (conferences, summer schools, research periods abroads) is provided.

13/12/2017

Call for Paper: Conference “1968-2018, fifty years after: Where is the social movements field going?”

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Taking the 1968 anniversary as a stimulating moment for reflection, this conference seeks to provide space for looking at the implications of that period on social movement research as well as addressing a number of key questions in current social movement research.

04/12/2017

Martin Portos Garcia wins the ISA's Seventh Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists

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The International Sociological Association has just announced the list of the winners of the Seventh Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists engaged in social research, amongst which Martin Portos Garcia - post-doc fellow at COSMOS

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

Repertoires of knowledge practices: Social movements in times of crisis

Donatella della Porta and Elena Pavan
Starting from the assumption that knowledge becomes all the more important for movements in times of crisis, as old structures are challenged and new ones envisaged and proved feasible, the purpose of this paper is to suggest ways to expand the toolkit of social movement studies in order to empirically address knowledge practices as a meaningful part of contemporary progressive activism.

Journal Article - 2017

Keeping dissent alive under the Great Recession: no-radicalisation and protest in Spain after the eventful 15M/indignados campaign

Martín Portos
Traditional theories of collective action would predict that, after a triggering event, the trajectory of a wave of protest is determined by the institutionalisation–radicalisation tandem. Based on the Spanish cycle of anti-austerity and against the political status quo protest in the shadow of the Great Recession, this article contends with this approach, as a clear trend towards radicalisation is never observed as the cycle unfolds. An alternative interpretative framework is developed to understand protest trajectories when collaborative inter-organisational strategies prevail.