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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

06/10/2017

Open Democracy Post - "The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below

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Although some still conceive of the referendum as launched by a pro-independence vanguard, the elite story falls short of explaining the resilient participation of a large part of Catalan civil society. This post at Open Democracy addresses this issue from a different angle.

24/09/2017

New Publication Out - "Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis"

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A timely publication to shed light on the link between social movements that formed as a consequence of the 2008 financial crash and the referendums' dynamic and results.

25/08/2017

Donatella Della Porta con Yanis Varoufakis alla 13esima conferenza ESA

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Wednesday, August 30th (8pm-9.30pm) professor della Porta, who directs the Center on Social Movement Studies(Cosmos), will dialogue with Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Minister of Finance during the first Tsipras government, about the future of Europe and the social consequences of neoliberal economies

Publications

Monograph - 2018

Social Movements and Civil War : When Protests for Democratization Fail

Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker , Bogumila Hall , Emin Poljarevic
This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements' struggles for democracy ends up in civil war.

Monograph - 2017

Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis

Donatella Della Porta, Francis O'Connor, Martin Portos and Anna Subirats Ribas
Out now "Social movements and referendum from below", the first book that bridges the gap between social movement studies and research on direct democracy. It draws on social movement theory to understand the nature of popular mobilisation in referendums using unique case studies such as the referendum on independence in Scotland, the consultations on independence in Catalonia, the Italian referendum on water, the referendum on the Troika proposals in Greece and the referendum on the debt repayment in Iceland.