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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 is responsible for the organization of the of the COSMOS Roundtables series and you can drop her a line to propose potential topics to be discussed through the COSMOS Roundtable format.

Mobilization for independence in Catalonia, its discontents, opportunities and prospects.

Date: 06/12/2017 - 06/11/2017

Place: Room Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi - 5pm-7pm

Category: COSMOS Roundtable

Abstract:

On Wednesday 6th December, Donatella della Porta (chair), Ferrán Giménez, Martín Portos, Anna Subirats, Lucrecia Rubio and Guillem Vidal will participate in a COSMOS Roundtable about mobilization for independence in Catalonia, its discontents, opportunities and prospects.

 

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

19/12/2017

10 Fully funded 4-years PhD positions in Political Science and Sociology, for the AA. 2018/2019, 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.

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

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

Keeping dissent alive under the Great Recession: no-radicalisation and protest in Spain after the eventful 15M/indignados campaign

Martín Portos
Traditional theories of collective action would predict that, after a triggering event, the trajectory of a wave of protest is determined by the institutionalisation–radicalisation tandem. Based on the Spanish cycle of anti-austerity and against the political status quo protest in the shadow of the Great Recession, this article contends with this approach, as a clear trend towards radicalisation is never observed as the cycle unfolds. An alternative interpretative framework is developed to understand protest trajectories when collaborative inter-organisational strategies prevail.