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The struggle for same sex marriages in Italy and the US. Social Movements, Cultural Artifacts, and Public Opinion

A debate and documentary screening on the struggles for same-sex marriages in Italy and the United States.

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Questo evento propone una riflessione sulle lotte per le unioni omosessuali, confrontando l’esperienza italiana con quella degli Stati Uniti. Anche alla luce della recente sentenza della Corte Suprema americana che ha riconosciuto il diritto al matrimonio omosessuale, l’incontro discuterà le differenze fra i due contesti analizzandole con particolare riferimento ai processi di mobilitazione sociale, alla produzione culturale di tali movimenti e al clima di opinione generatosi intorno al tema nei due paesi. L’Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali della Scuola Normale Superiore, a Palazzo Strozzi a Firenze, dà voce a studiosi e protagonisti di queste lotte, per confrontare le loro esperienze e descrivere i movimenti per il riconoscimento delle unioni omosessuali.

Il 17 settembre, sarà trasmesso “Lei disse sì”, documentario sull’amore e il matrimonio fra Ingrid e Lorenza, celebratosi in Svezia. “Lei disse sì” è stato finanziato mediante una campagna di crowdfunding e ha vinto i premi Audience Award – Biografia Italia e Biografilm Italia Award all’edizione 2014 del Biografilm Festival. Il documentario sarà introdotto da Maria Pecchioli, regista, alla presenza delle due protagoniste.

Dopo la proiezione, a partire dalle 19:45, la Sala l’Altana di Palazzo Strozzi ospiterà l’incontro: 

The struggle for same sex marriages in Italy and the US. Social Movements, Cultural Artifacts, and Public Opinion

Moderato da Alice Mattoni (European University Institute), interverranno sul tema Joshua Gamson (University of San Francisco), Maria Pecchioli (regista), Ingrid Lamminpää e Lorenza Soldani (protagoniste del documentario).

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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

The Electoral Success of the Radical Left: Explaining the Least Likely Case of the Communist Party in Graz

Manès Weisskircher
Recently, scholars have shown a growing interest in radical left parties (RLPs). In terms of electoral success, the rise of the KPÖ Graz, the Communist Party in Austria’s second biggest city, represents perhaps the most counterintuitive case in Western Europe. This analysis shows how the party has managed to ‘own’ the issue of housing and to exploit local political opportunities in order to be electorally successful. The findings point to the importance of agency and the subnational level for RLPs, and highlight more general questions in the study of this party family.

Journal Article - 2017

Non-deliberative politics in deliberative democracy: distinct approaches for different actors

Andrea Felicetti
In this paper Andrea Felicetti first illustrates the main ideas of the systemic turn, explores the distinction between ‘deliberative’ and ‘non-deliberative’ politics and investigates the main arguments justifying non-deliberative politics. Then, he builds upon these arguments to shed new light on the relationship between deliberative and non-deliberative politics. He identifies three distinctive actors in deliberative systems (political institutions, empowered agents, and public space actors). Finally, he argues that deliberative democrats should adopt three different approaches (intensive, moderate, and free) in order to assess whether the use of non-deliberative politics by each of these actors is legitimate.