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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.

 

Erik Olin Wright – “How to be an Anti-capitalist for the 21st century”

Date: 13/06/2017

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

On June 13th 2017, at 3 p.m., Erik Olin Wright (University of Wisconsin) will discuss his research by presenting a paper entitled “How to be an Anti-capitalist for the 21st century”

 

Paris Aslanidis – “Populism and Social Movements: Problematizing the Role of Populist Discourse in the Movements of the Squares”

Date: 08/06/2017

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

Category: COSMOS Share

Abstract:

On June 8th 2017 at 5 p.m. Paris Aslanidis (Yale University) will discuss a paper entitled “Populism and Social Movements: Problematizing the Role of Populist Discourse in the Movements of the Squares”

 

Andrea Pirro – “The populist politics of Euroscepticism in times of crisis”

Date: 07/06/2017

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

Category: Other

Abstract:

On June 7 – h. 13:00 – 14:30, Andrea Pirro (Scuola Normale Superiore), will discuss his research by presenting a paper entitled: “The populist politics of Euroscepticism in times of crisis”

 

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: Other

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.

 

James Jasper – “Gains and Losses: Rethinking Movement Outcomes”

Date: 18/05/2017

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

On May 18th – 3pm-5pm, James Jasper (The City University of New York – CUNY), will discuss his research by presenting a paper entitled: “Outcomes of Social Movement Organizations”

 

Jan Matti Dollbaum – “Life after the end of a protest cycle: comparing local development paths of protest in electoral authoritarianism. The case of Russia 2011-2016”

Date: 18/05/2017

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

Category: COSMOS Share

Abstract:

On May 18th 2017 at 6 p.m., Jan Matti Dollbaum (University of Bremen) will discuss a paper entitled “Life after the end of a protest cycle: comparing local development paths of protest in electoral authoritarianism. The case of Russia 2011-2016”

 

Kersti Wissenbach – “Theory construction around civic tech”

Date: 18/05/2017

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

Category: COSMOS Share

Abstract:

On May 18th 2017, at 5 p.m., Kersti Wissenbach (University of Amsterdam) will present a paper entitled “Theory construction around civic tech”

 

Joan Subìrats – “After the Indignados: What is new and what is traditional in the political and organizational dynamics of Podemos, En Comu and Mareas?”

Date: 15/05/2017

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

On May 15th 2017, at 11 a.m., Prof. Joan Subìrats (Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona) will present a paper on the political and organizational dynamics of Podemos, En Comu and Mareas

 

International Conference – Beyond Borders: Refugees and Struggles in Europe Mobilization, Solidarity and Political Challenges in the Long Summer of Migration

Date: 12/05/2017

Place: Institute of Human and Social Sciences Scuola Normale Superiore Conference hall “L’Altana” Firenze, Palazzo Strozzi

Category: COSMOS Conference

Abstract:

The conference provides the chance for an interdisciplinary debate between scholars coming from the fields of social movement studies and political philosophy, who have been analysing the issue of migration and the episodes of collective action related to it through different conceptual lenses.

 

Jochen Kleres – “Emotions and Climate Activism”

Date: 11/05/2017

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore - Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze - Room Benedetto da Maiano

Category: COSMOS Share

Abstract:

On May 11th 2017, at 3 p.m., Jochen Kleres (Scuola Normale Superiore) will present a paper entitled “Emotions and Climate Activism”

 

Marco Deseriis – “Direct Parliamentarianism: An Analysis of the Political Values Embedded in Rousseau, the ‘Operating System’ of the Five Star Movement”

Date: 11/05/2017

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore - Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze - Room Benedetto da Maiano

Category: COSMOS Share

Abstract:

On May 11th 2017, at 2 p.m., Marco Deseriis (Scuola Normale Superiore/Northeastern University) will present a paper entitled “Direct Parliamentarianism: An Analysis of the Political Values Embedded in Rousseau, the ‘Operating System’ of the Five Star Movement”

 

Conference – Un’America “all’italiana”? La democrazia populista nell’età di Trump

Date: 04/05/2017

Place: Aula Kessler, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento (via Verdi, 26)

Category: Other

Abstract:

The public conference “Un’America ‘all’italiana’? La democrazia populista nell’età di Trump” will host Prof. Sidney Tarrow (Cornell University), one of the most prominent scholars in the field of colective action, social movements, and contentious politics studies.

 

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.