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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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COSMOS Roundtables

The COSMOS Roundtables bring in conversation two or three visiting scholars, from senior professors to junior PhD researchers. The COSMOS Roundtables are thought as an informal venue in which the speakers do not present their latest research, and focus instead on the exchange of ideas on current mobilizations across the world as well as on topical political moments of our times. Alice Mattoni organizes and chairs sessions of the COSMOS Roundtables.

Feminism(s) today from a grassroots perspective

Date: 22/11/2017

Place: Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze - 2pm

Category: COSMOS Roundtable

Abstract:

On the 22nd of November, from 2pm to 4pm, Anna Lavizzari, Arianna Mainardi, Elena Pavan, Stefania Voli, and Zorica Sirocic will join us for a COSMOS roundtable to discuss about feminism(s) today from a grassroots perspective.

 

Between right-wing and left-wing mobilizations. Anti-government protests in Central and Eastern Europe.

Date: 24/05/2017

Place: Aula Filippo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze

Category: COSMOS Roundtable

Abstract:

On the 24th of May, from 2pm to 4pm, Laszlo Bruszt (European University Institute), Ondrej Cisar (Charles University, Prague) and Andrea Pirro (Scuola Normale Superiore) will join us for a COSMOS roundtable to discuss about the recent anti-government protests in Central and Eastern European countries.

 

Rebellious politics in the United States. The rise of the grassroots opposition to the Trump administration

Date: 27/04/2017

Place: Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Palazzo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Firenze

Category: COSMOS Roundtable

Abstract:

On the 27th of April, from 2pm to 4pm, James Jaspers (CUNY) and Kenneth Roberts (Cornell University) will join us for a COSMOS roundtable to discuss about the current grassroots opposition to the Trump administration in the United States. 

 

News

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).

26/10/2017

Now Online! The plenary session (Un)making Europe of the 13th ESA Conference

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During the plenary session, Donatella della Porta and Yanis Varoufakis spoke about the future of Europe and the social consequences of neoliberal economies.

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.

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

Digital Capitalism and the End of Politics: The Case of the Italian Five Star Movement

Loris Caruso
This article investigates the political and cultural nature of the Movimento Cinque Stelle (Five Star Movement, M5S) by (1) analyzing its discourse on democracy, its organizational choices and its main issues; (2) comparing these elements with populism and the left; and (3) linking its fundamental characteristics to contemporary economic processes usually termed “digital capitalism.”

Journal Article - 2017

Framing exclusion in the public sphere: Far-right mobilization and the debate on Charlie Hebdo in Italy

Pietro Castelli Gattinara
While the January 2015 Paris terrorist attacks presented a crucial opportunity for far-right mobilisation, the focus on liberal democratic values and Charlie Hebdo’s non-conformist progressive profile presented challenges for right-wing discourse. Taking Italy as a paradigmatic case of public controversies on cultural and religious affairs, this article examines the opportunities and constraints generated by multicultural crises for far-right framing choices.