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The Charlie Hebdo Critical Juncture: European Public Spheres Before and After the Paris Attacks

This conference aims at analysing the effects of the Charlie Hebdo attacks on the content and quality of public debates across Western European societies, paying special attention to dynamics of deliberation and polarization across public spheres, and to the interplay between mass media and social movements in the construction of public discourse.

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The Charlie Hebdo shootings of January 2015 represent a critical juncture that changed the European public debate, at both the EU and national level. The controversies that followed the attacks had deep effects on mainstream institutional actors, social movements and subaltern publics across Europe. Furthermore, in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks contentious issues related to the role of religion in secular societies, civil rights and freedom of speech, accommodation of cultural diversity and securitization of migration are once again in the middle of public sphere debates in Europe.

The conference aims at analysing the effects of these attacks on the content and quality of public debates across Western European societies, paying special attention to dynamics of deliberation and polarization across public spheres, and to the interplay between mass media and social movements in the construction of public discourse.

This event will bring together scholars reflecting on the consequences of critical junctures from multiple perspectives. It will also offer a space to present the preliminary findings of the ongoing project led by Donatella della Porta at SNS, as part of the ERC Advanced Scholars’ Grant Mobilizing for Democracy, which will provide qualitative and quantitative insights from individual case studies in France, Germany, Italy, UK and Denmark.

 

Keynote speakers

ANDRÉ BÄCHTIGER (University of Stuttgart)

DONATELLA DELLA PORTA (Scuola Normale Superiore)

JAN WILLEM DUYVENDAK (University of Amsterdam)

TIMOTHY PEACE (University of Stirling)

GAVAN TITLEY (Maynooth University)

 

Presenters

ROMAIN BADOUARD (University of Cergy-Pontoise)

GWENAËLLE BAUVOIS (University of Helsinki)

MAËLLE BAZIN (University of Paris 2)

FARIDA BELKACEM (European University Institute)

LAURIE BOUSSAGUET (Sciences Po)

JOEL BUSHER (Coventry University)

PIETRO CASTELLI GATTINARA (Scuola Normale Superiore)

KONSTANTINOS ELEFTHERIADIS (EHESS)

ANDREA FELICETTI (Scuola Normale Superiore)

FLORENCE FAUCHER (Sciences Po)

PHILIPPE GONZALEZ (University of Lausanne)

LAURENCE KAUFMANN (University of Lousanne)

NIKO PYRHÖNEN (University of Helsinki)

LINDA LUND (London School of Economics)

AUDE SEURRAT (University of Paris 13)

THIJS VAN DOOREMALEN (University of Amsterdam)

 

Organizers

Donatella della Porta (SNS)

Pietro Castelli Gattinara (SNS)

Andrea Felicetti (SNS)

Allegati

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News

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

10/11/2017

Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Youth Political Participation in Times of Inequalities

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We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the Summer School on Youth Political Participation in Times of Inequalities, sponsored by the Reinventing Democracy in Europe: Youth Doing Politics in Times of Increasing Inequalities project (EURYKA) and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (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

’Solidarietà sconvenienti’. Reti online di estrema destra contro e per la riforma dell’Europa

Elena Pavan and Manuela Caiani
By focusing on the websites of extreme right organizations in six European countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) and by making a combined use of digital research tools and social network analysis, we explore how extreme right organizations make a strategic use of ICTs to connect in the online space and the arguments they move forward to criticize and reform current projects of European integration. Our results suggest that ICTs sustain the construction of inconvenient solidarities in heterogeneous ways, supporting different modes of online conversations amongst extreme right websites which, in turn, affect their capacity to propose shared critiques and proposals to reform the European Union.