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Events

Feminism as a Method: Feminist and Queer Epistemologies, Methodologies and Methods in Social Sciences

Date: 10/12/2021

Place: 16:00-18:00 (CET), Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi (5th Floor), Piazza degli Strozzi, Firenze

Category: COSMOS Talk

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Public Discourses about Youth and Their Impact, Marco Giugni, University of Geneva

Date: 03/12/2021

Place: 14:00-15:30 (CET), Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi (5th Floor), Piazza degli Strozzi, Firenze

Category: COSMOS Talk

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Beyond Euroscepticism: Narratives on Europe from Below

Date: 02/12/2021

Place: Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi (5th Floor), Piazza degli Strozzi, Firenze

Category: COSMOS Conference

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The Spectacle of the Strongman, Nicole Curato, University of Canberra

Date: 22/11/2021

Place: 14:00-15:30 (CET), Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi (5th Floor), Piazza degli Strozzi, Firenze

Category: COSMOS Talk

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Troubled Waters: Resisting Privatization in Europe, Andreas Bieler, University of Nottingham

Date: 08/11/2021

Place: 14.30-16:00 (CET), Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi (5th Floor), Piazza degli Strozzi, Firenze

Category: COSMOS Talk

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Environmental justice, social movements and community action

Date: 21/10/2021

Place: 10-13 and 15-18 (CET), Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Palazzo Strozzi (5th floor), Piazza degli Strozzi, Firenze

Category: COSMOS Seminar

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Understanding Insurgency. Popular Support for the PKK in Turkey, Francis O’Connor, Wageningen University

Date: 20/10/2021

Place: 14.30-16:00 (CET), Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi (5th Floor), Piazza degli Strozzi, Firenze

Category: COSMOS Talk

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The Neoliberal Republic: Corporate Lawyers, Statecraft and the Making of Public-Private France, Antoine Vauchez, Université Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne

Date: 18/06/2021

Place: 15.00-16:30 (CET), Online Talk, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences

Category: COSMOS Talk

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Blended democracy: Democratic innovation at the dawn of the twenties

Date: 19/05/2021

Place: Faculty of Political and Social Sciences

Category: COSMOS Roundtable

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For the love of humanity: The World Tribunal on Iraq, AYÇA ÇUBUKÇU, London School of Economics and Political Science

Date: 14/05/2021

Place: 15:00-16:30 (CET), Online Cosmos Talk, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore

Category: COSMOS Talk

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The micro-politics of corporate responsibility: How companies shape protest in mining communities, Paul Haslam, Ottawa University

Date: 23/04/2021

Place: 15:00-16:30 (CET), Online Talk, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore

Category: COSMOS Talk

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Populism in power and its socioeconomic policies in Europe

Date: 18/03/2021 - 19/03/2021

Place: Scuola Normale Superiore, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Palazzo Strozzi (5th floor), Florence (blended mode)

Category: COSMOS Workshop

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A Bigger Box: Studying Social Movements as Civic Action, Paul Lichtermann, University of Southern California

Date: 12/03/2021

Place: 17.00-18:30, Online Talk, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore

Category: COSMOS Talk

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Presentation of #Hashtag Activism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice, Brooke Foucault Wells, Northeastern University

Date: 05/03/2021

Place: 16.00-17.30 (CET), Online Talk, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore

Category: COSMOS Talk

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Boğaziçi University Protests: An Unexpected Challenge to Authoritarianism

Date: 01/03/2021

Place: 15.00-16.30 (CET), Online Roundtable, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore

Category: COSMOS Roundtable

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News

10/01/2022

SNS announces 14 fully-funded PhD positions

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The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, Italy is pleased to announce 14 PhD fellowships beginning on November 1, 2022.

16/07/2021

Prof. della Porta to lead VolkswagenStiftung-funded ECSEuro project

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Reflecting the European challenge of transnational cooperation and multiple crises, this project asks how local political initiatives across Europe enact citizenship and solidarity and contribute to the vision of a more democratic Europe from below.

09/07/2021

SNS announces 7 fully-funded PhD positions

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The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore announces 7 fully-funded PhD positions. Deadline for applications: 21 August 2021.

28/09/2020

Four post-doctoral research positions on the pandemic

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The Scuola Normale Superiore announces four post-doctoral positions to be activated as part of the research project “After the coronavirus pandemic: The effects of the health emergency on society and knowledge.” 

26/02/2020

CFP Athens conference "Capitalism, Democracy, Contention: A Decade of Crisis" 13-15 May 2020

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Aspiring to shed light on the Greek experience in the era of crisis in a comparative, inter-disciplinary perspective, the Laboratory on Contentious Politics (Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University, Athens), the Centre on Social Movement Studies (Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence) and the Hellenic Political Science Association are organizing an international conference to be held at Panteion University, on 13, 14 and 15 May 2020.

12/12/2019

Prof. Donatella Della Porta to Be Awarded Honorary PhD

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On Friday 13, 2019, the University of the Peloponnese (PSIR) will award an honorary doctorate to Professor Donatella Della Porta, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore.

Publications

Edited Volume - 2021

Varieties of Populism in Europe in Times of Crises

Manuela Caiani & Paolo Graziano
Populism is booming across all the nuances of the political spectrum. It occupies relevant positions in national parliaments, in governmental coalitions with mainstream parties or as successful challengers of the political status quo. This volume sheds new light on the topic from different methodological and theoretical angles and offers evidence from a variety of cases on the ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions on populism’s emergence and consolidation in Europe over the past 30 years.

Journal Article - 2021

Forging, bending, and breaking: Enacting the “illiberal playbook” in Hungary and Poland

Andrea Pirro & Ben Stanley
We first argue that illiberal changes are ideologically founded and identify how both populism and nativism figure in the policymaking of illiberals in power. We then show how these practices emerge from a common “illiberal playbook”—a paradigm of policy change comprising forms of forging, bending, and breaking—and elaborate on the notion that illiberal governments are using legalism to kill liberalism.

Edited Volume - 2021

Contentious Migrant Solidarity. Shrinking Spaces and Civil Society Contestation

Donatella della Porta & Elias Steinhilper
Building upon social movement and migration studies, this book maps the two sides of ‘contentious solidarity’: a shrinking civic space and its contestation by civil society.

Journal Article - 2021

Learning from Democratic Practices: New Perspectives in Institutional Design

Andrea Felicetti
Drawing from literature on democratic practices in social movements and democratic innovations, the article illustrates three ways to advance institutional design in the wake of the systemic turn.

Journal Article - 2021

Far-right protest mobilisation in Europe: Grievances, opportunities and resources

Pietro Castelli Gattinara, Caterina Froio & Andrea Pirro
In this article, we bridge previous research on the far right and social movements to advance hypotheses on the drivers of far-right protest mobilisation based on grievances, opportunities and resource mobilisation models. We use an original dataset combining novel data on 4,845 far-right protest events in 11 East and West European countries (2008–2018), with existing measures accounting for the (political, economic and cultural) context of mobilisation.

Journal Article - 2021

Populism between voting and non-electoral participation

Andrea Pirro & Martín Portos
The article focuses on a neglected aspect of populist mobilisation, i.e. non-electoral participation (NEP), and elaborates on the extent to which populist party voters engage politically outside the polling station. While challenging common understandings of populism as inherently distrustful and apathetic, and protest as an exclusive practice of the left, the study critically places NEP at the heart of populism in general, and populist right politics in particular.

Monograph - 2021

Migrant Protest. Interactive Dynamics in Precarious Mobilizations

Elias Steinhilper
This book explores the interactions and spaces shaping the emergence, trajectory, and fragmentation of migrant protest in unfavorable contexts of marginalization.

Journal Article - 2020

We protect the forest beings, and the forest beings protect us: Cultural resistance in the Ecuadorian Amazonia

Leonidas Oikonomakis
The inhabitants of Sarayaku have forged an anti-colonial, anti-extractivist, and anti-capitalist resistance culture. How did that culture develop? How is it articulated? Moreover, how is kawsak sacha positioned in the discussion over the rights of Nature in Latin America? Based on three months of ethnographic research in the community of Sarayaku and more than twenty-five interviews with community members, this article addresses those important questions and argues that securing legal protection may not be a long-term resistance strategy.

Monograph - 2020

The Contentious Politics of Expertise. Experts, activism and grassroots environmentalism

Riccardo Emilio Chesta
Based on mixed-methods research and ethnographic fieldwork at various sites in Italy, this book examines the relationship between expertise and activism in grassroots environmentalism. Bridging the sociology of expertise and contentious politics, the book shows how conflict transforms, rather than inhibits, expertise production into a ‘contentious politics by other means’.

Journal Article - 2019

Alliance building and eventful protests: comparing Spanish and Portuguese trajectories under the Great Recession

Martín Portos & Tiago Carvalho
Social movement research has shed light on the relationship between processes of alliance building and multiple factors related to political opportunities, framing, identities, networks and resource mobilization. However, less is known about the impact of eventful protests on coalition building dynamics.