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Territory in rebellion: Remnants of rebel governance in a republican community

A presentation on the temporal continuity of rebel governance regimes in select republican communities in contemporary Northern Ireland.

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Sanjin Uležić from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, will present a work that analyses the temporal continuity of rebel governance regimes in select republican communities in contemporary Northern Ireland. These are framed as embedded conflict-emergent informal governance institutions which did not undergo an institutional decay during the post-conflict period, and have instead persisted due to a combination of legitimacy- and function-based stabilizational mechanisms, as well as actor-driven processes based both on a mandated, needs-based dynamic as well as conflict entrepreneurship. Of crucial nature is the interactive aspect between these processes. The work proposes a differentiation between political and functional delegitimations of statutory entities which are based on this interaction, and which contribute to the temporal stability of the arrangements under study.

The COSMOS Share meeting will take place on Tuesday 24th of May from 2:00PM to 3:00PM at Palazzo Strozzi.

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.

19/05/2017

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.