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The Persistence of Global Masculinism – Lucy Nicholas, Swinburne University, Australia

A seminar co-hosted by the Florence Intersectionality and Gender (FIG) Working Group at the Scuola Normale Superiore and the LGBTQI+ Caucus at the European University Institute – 14th of November from 2pm to 4pm in Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

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Today, feminism faces seemingly contradictory challenges. While gender equality gained widespread recognition through the adoption of gender mainstreaming policies at different level of governance, and many efforts have been made to improve gender representation in public office, in recent years there has been a notable backlash against feminism. The rise of right-wing populism in Hungary, Poland, Turkey, and indeed the USA, and the revival of conservative values has threatened women’s rights. In response, ‘feminist spring’ has emerged. In 2016, mass protest against the Polish government’s proposal to ban abortion took place; in 2017, millions worldwide participated in women’s rallies in response to the election and inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the USA, in a show of solidarity and defence of feminist gains and norms; in 2018, the decision taken by the Argentinian senate to reject progressive revisions of the abortion law initiated a strong popular mobilization that grew internationally. Why are we witnessing the resilience, persistence and adaptation of masculinist discourses and practices at both domestic and international levels in the contemporary global context? How can we understand the raising of these challenges to feminism? Which concepts can we use to make sense of this revival of masculinity ethos, its foundations and potentially detrimental outcomes?

We will explore these questions in a seminar co-hosted by the Florence Intersectionality and Gender (FIG) Working Group at SNS and the LGBTQI+ Caucus at the EUI, featuring presentations from Dr. Lucy Nicholas, co-author of the book ‘The Persistence of Global Masculinism’ (Palgrave 2018) and Prof. Donatella della Porta, Dean of the Department of Political and Social science and Director of Centre of Social Movements Studies at the Scuola Normale Superiore.

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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

Ballots and barricades enhanced: far‐right ‘movement parties’ and movement‐electoral interactions

Andrea Pirro
This contribution enhances our understanding of the contemporary far right by focusing on the neglected links between movements and elections within the broader context of contention.

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.