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Events

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.

 

Workshop on Aesthetics of Protest. The intersections between art, protest, politics and social media

Date: 06/12/2017

Place: Palazzo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Room Filippo Strozzi - 9:30am/4:30pm

Category: Other

Abstract:

The workshop Aesthetics of Protest will take place from 9:30am to 4:30pm on December the 6th. Participants will discuss how visual culture, aesthetics and communication interplay with protest today.

 

Marco De Seriis – “A Tale of Two Materialisms: For a Non-instrumental Reading of the Relationship between Social Movements and Information Technologies”

Date: 05/12/2017

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore - Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - Room Filippo Strozzi, 3 pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Filippo Strozzi, 3 pm

 

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.

 

Mario Diani – “Modes of coordination and theories of organizing: exploring collective action fields”

Date: 17/11/2017

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore - Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - Room Filippo Strozzi, 3 pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Filippo Strozzi, 3 pm

 

The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Student Movements in Late Neoliberalism

Date: 15/11/2017 - 16/11/2017

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi - Conference Hall "l'Altana"

Category: COSMOS Conference

Abstract:

Several recent episodes of massive student protests in countries in Europe, Latin America and Africa, have triggered questions over the main characteristics of a new wave of campus activism taking place across the world. For sure, these protests address the neoliberal transformations of the system of higher education, enacted by governments of all political leanings. Although differences between countries continue to be pronounced, national higher education systems are becoming more alike in the sense of being more market-oriented, even in countries with a strong state intervention tradition. Such transformations were not only aimed at meeting effective and well-structured policy designs, but they were also triggered by the logic of vested interests, power relations, and social conflicts. This is where our research interest comes in with our focus on the contentious politics of higher education.

 

Aidan McGarry – “Beyond the Iconic: The Performance of Protest on Social Media During Gezi Park”

Date: 13/11/2017

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore - Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - Room Filippo Strozzi, 2 pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Filippo Strozzi, 13 November 2017, 2 pm

 

Katy Hayward – “Visibility and Violence: Insights from managing contentious events in Belfast”

Date: 07/11/2017

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore - Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - Room Filippo Strozzi, 2.30pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Filippo Strozzi, 7 November 2017, 2.30pm

 

Peter McLoughlin – “Exiting Political Violence: The Northern Ireland Case and the Importance of Providing Militants with a Viable ‘Exit Strategy'”

Date: 07/11/2017

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore - Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - Room Filippo Strozzi, 2.30pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Filippo Strozzi, 7 November 2017, 2.30pm

 

Ulises Vera – “Affections, emotions and protest communication post #YoSoy132 movement”

Date: 25/10/2017

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore - Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - Room Simone del Pollaiolo

Category: COSMOS Share

Abstract:

On October 25th 2017 at 5 p.m. Ulises Vera (Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City) will discuss a paper entitled “Affections, emotions and protest communication post #YoSoy132 movement”

 

Mark R. Beissinger – “A Revolutionary World: The Growth and Urbanization of Global Mass Revolt”

Date: 29/09/2017

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore - Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - Room Filippo Strozzi, 1pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

On September 29th 2017, at 1 p.m., Mark R. Beissinger (Henry W. Putnam Professor of Politics, Princeton University) will discuss his research by presenting a paper entitled “A Revolutionary World: The Growth and Urbanization of Global Mass Revolt”

 

Summer School on Youth Political Participation in Times of Inequalities

Date: 17/07/2017 - 22/07/2017

Place: Florence

Category: Summer School

Abstract:

EURYKA and COSMOS invite applications for the upcoming Summer School on “Youth Political Participation in Times of Inequalities” which will be held in Florence (Italy) in July 2018, from Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd.

 

Building from elsewhere. Platformization and the continuing struggle for political change – Keynote Speech, Prof. Nick Couldry (LSE)

Date: 29/06/2017

Place: Altana Hall, Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Palazzo Strozzi

Category: Summer School

Abstract:

In the framework of the Summer School on Media in Political Participation and Mobilization, Prof. Nick Couldry (LSE) will give a keynote speech on the paradoxes and challenges of political mobilization in commercial social media platforms.

 

Democracy, Communication and social movement studies – Keynote Speech, Prof. Donatella della Porta (SNS)

Date: 26/06/2017

Place: Altana Hall, Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze

Category: Summer School

Abstract:

In the framework of the Summer School on Media in Political Participation and Mobilization, Prof. Donatella della Porta will give a keynote speech on democracy, communication and social movement studies.

 

Summer School on Media in Political Participation and Mobilization

Date: 26/06/2017 - 30/06/2017

Place: Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Scuola Normale Superiore, Firenze

Category: Summer School

Abstract:

COSMOS and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore invite applications for the upcoming Summer School on “Media in Political Participation and Mobilization” which will be held in Florence (Italy) in June 2017, from Monday 26th to Friday 30th included.

 

News

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

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).

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

’Solidarietà sconvenienti’. Reti online di estrema destra contro e per la riforma dell’Europa

Elena Pavan and Manuela Caiani
By focusing on the websites of extreme right organizations in six European countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) and by making a combined use of digital research tools and social network analysis, we explore how extreme right organizations make a strategic use of ICTs to connect in the online space and the arguments they move forward to criticize and reform current projects of European integration. Our results suggest that ICTs sustain the construction of inconvenient solidarities in heterogeneous ways, supporting different modes of online conversations amongst extreme right websites which, in turn, affect their capacity to propose shared critiques and proposals to reform the European Union.