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Summer School on Media in Political Participation and Mobilization

COSMOS and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore invite applications for the upcoming Summer School on “Media in Political Participation and Mobilization” which will be held in Florence (Italy) in June 2017, from Monday 26th to Friday 30th included.

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The Summer School will explore the complex relationship between media and diverse instances of political participation and mobilization. More in particular, the lectures during the Summer School will revolve around three main themes on which literature flourished in the past few years, providing new perspectives on the relationship between media and political participation/mobilizations: (1) media cultures; (2) media materialities; and (3) media practices.

Participants (up to 15) will be given the possibility to present their ongoing research and project activities during afternoon sessions. Other participants and speakers will provide feedback and suggestions. Participants will also have the possibility to schedule a meeting with the Summer School invited lecturers to discuss more in details their work and receive targeted advices.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AND ACADEMIC PROGRAMME

The Summer School will include two keynote speeches on media and political participation and mobilization. Confirmed keynote speakers are: Prof. Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore); Prof. Nick Couldry (London School of Economics). This is the preliminary academic programme, that includes a detailed overview of the summer school, confirmed instructors and lectures topics.

DATES AND LOCATION

The Summer School will last 5 teaching, from the 26th to the 30th of June 2017. The Summer School will take place at the Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Scuola Normale Superiore, in Florence, Italy.

APPLICATION

The Summer School is open to 15 graduate and master students as well as early career researchers with a specialized interest in media in political participation and mobilization in different fields of study, including political science, political sociology, political communication, and political anthropology from throughout European and beyond.

Applicants must email a cover letter in which they explain how the Summer School would be beneficial for their research, a 500-word abstract of their proposed paper, and an updated curriculum vitae no later than 17th of March 2017 to media_summerschool@sns.it

Applicants will be informed of the outcome by email as soon as possible and no later than 7 April 2017. Selected applicants shall confirm their participation and pay the enrollment fee within 15 days, after which places may be offered to applicants on the reserve list.

REQUIREMENTS

Students will be required to write and submit a 5.000-6.000 words paper before the starting of the Summer School. The paper will be then presented and discussed during one of the afternoon sessions. Students will be also required to complete the mandatory readings for morning lectures and to actively participate in discussion during morning and afternoon sessions.

Successful participation in the Summer School will be accredited a certificate of participation.

English will be the working language of the Summer School. Therefore students are expected to have a good command of written and spoken English.

ENROLLMENT FEES

Full fees for the Summer School are €350 and cover tuition costs, academic materials, lunches, welcome aperitivo & farewell dinner, use of library, computing and internet facilities.

Fees will not cover travel and accommodation costs.

Details of how to pay the fees and book the room will be emailed to all selected participants. Once paid, fees are not reimbursable.

AUDITORS

PhD students enrolled at the Scuola Normale Superiore can participate as auditors in the Summer School with no need to pay any enrollment fees.

A limited number of PhD students based in other academic institutions might be admitted as auditors in the Summer School paying a reduced fee of €250 that will cover academic materials, lunches, welcome aperitivo & farewell dinner, use of library, computing and internet facilities.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Director: Donatella della Porta

Co-director: Alice Mattoni

Scientific Committee: Diego Ceccobelli, Marco Deseriis, Lorenzo Mosca, Elena Pavan, Andrea Pitrioni, Emiliano Treré, Lorenzo Zamponi

CONTACTS

Email contact for application, questions and clarifications about the Summer School: media_summerschool@sns.it

FINANCIAL AND LOGISTIC SUPPORT

The Summer School is kindly supported by:

  • European Consortium for Political Research – ECPR and its Standing Group on Political Participation and Mobilization
  • Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Scuola Normale Superiore;
  • Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at the Scuola Normale Superiore;
  • PiCME – Political Participation in Complex Media Environments, a research project funded by the SIR grant 2014 of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.

News

22/07/2019

Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

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Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.

21/06/2019

Call for papers: "The Nation and the Radical Left - Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics"

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The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.

18/06/2019

Call for papers: “Class without consciousness” – The Politics of Fragmented Class Identities

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The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 2019

05/03/2019

A dialogue on labour, trade unions and conflicts

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On the 22nd of March, from 4pm to 7pm, Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore) and Maurizio Landini (Secretary General of CGIL) will discuss about labour, trade unions and conflicts.

05/02/2019

Call for Papers - Social Movements and Parties in a Fractured Media Landscape

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The call for papers is now open for a two-day symposium held under the auspices of the journal ‘Information, Communication & Society’ (iCS) at the Centre on Social Movement Studies, 1-2 July 2019.

04/02/2019

17 Fully funded 4-years PhD positions in Political Science and Sociology and in Transnational Governance, 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.

Publications

Journal Article - 2019

Alliance building and eventful protests: comparing Spanish and Portuguese trajectories under the Great Recession

Martín Portos & Tiago Carvalho
Social movement research has shed light on the relationship between processes of alliance building and multiple factors related to political opportunities, framing, identities, networks and resource mobilization. However, less is known about the impact of eventful protests on coalition building dynamics.

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.

Monograph - 2019

Resistere alla crisi. I percorsi dell'azione sociale diretta

Lorenzo Bosi, Lorenzo Zamponi
Uno studio in profondità su solidarietà, mutualismo e organizzazione dal basso nell'Italia della crisi.

Journal Article - 2019

Digital movement parties: a comparative analysis of the technopolitical cultures and the participation platforms of the Movimento 5 Stelle and the Piratenpartei

Marco Deseriis
This article contributes to the debate on technopopulism by accounting for the critical role played by two different technopolitical cultures in shaping the conception and design of the online participation platforms of the Italian Five Star Movement and the German Pirate Party.

Monograph - 2018

The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Struggles and Power Relations within English and Italian Universities

Lorenzo Cini
Drawing on neo-institutionalist and social movement approaches, this book analyses the impact that recent student mobilizations have brought about within Italian and English universities in terms of student services, curriculum organization, and governance structures.

Chapter in edited book - 2018

I post, you rally, she tweets…and we all occupy. The challenges of hybrid spatiality in the Occupy Wall Street mobilizations

Alice Mattoni
Exploring the interconnections between camps and platforms, this chapter shows how a fluid conception of spatiality emerged in the Occupy Wall Street mobilizations, which had vital implications for the participation patterns of activists.

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.

Journal Article - 2018

Mobilizing in transnational contentious spaces: linking relations, emotions and space in migrant activism

Elias Steinhilper
The article illustrates how the transnational spaces most migrants inhabit can be politicized and transformed into particular social formations, for which the term ‘transnational contentious spaces’ is suggested.