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Retrenching or recalibrating? Options for welfare state development in advanced democracies – Chiara Saraceno, Collegio Carlo Alberto

Date: 04/12/2018

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Chiara Saraceno, Collegio Carlo Alberto, will talk on the welfare states developments options in times of advanced democracies’ structural changes.

 

The Territorial Dimension of Politics – Michael Keating, University of Aberdeen

Date: 26/11/2018

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Michael Keating, University of Aberdeen, will give a talk based on his work on the territorial dimension of politics

 

Post Democracy in the Great Recession – Coling Crouch, University of Warwick

Date: 22/11/2018

Place: 10am - Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

A talk on post-democracy today by Colin Crouch, University of Warwick

 

The Persistence of Global Masculinism – Lucy Nicholas, Swinburne University, Australia

Date: 14/11/2018

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

Category: Other

Abstract:

A seminar co-hosted by the Florence Intersectionality and Gender (FIG) Working Group at the Scuola Normale Superiore and the LGBTQI+ Caucus at the European University Institute – 14th of November from 2pm to 4pm in Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

 

The figure of social media in contemporary protest – Olu Jenzen, University of Brighton

Date: 07/11/2018

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

Category: COSMOS Share

Abstract:

A talk on the Gezi park protest of 2013 as a case study to elucidate how social media, and more specifically Twitter, has emerged as a signifier of contemporary protest.

 

Closeness in Politics: Renewing Analytical Tools – Laurent Thévenot, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

Date: 23/10/2018

Place: 11am - Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Firenze

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Laurent Thévenot (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris), will give a talk on the practical processes that need to develop to reach commonality and build the good for the community.

 

Gianpaolo Baiocchi – We, The Sovereign: Radical Democracy for Dark Times

Date: 17/10/2018

Place: 5pm - Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

At 5pm, Gianpaolo Baiocchi will give a talk to answer one of the most pressing questions in contemporary societies: what does it mean for the people to actually rule? The only answer, Gianpaolo Baiocchi argues, is a radical utopia of popular self-rule.

 

Eduardo Georjão Fernandes – Controlling dissent: new surveillance technologies and the policing of social movements in Brazil

Date: 03/10/2018

Place: 5pm Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

Category: COSMOS Share

Abstract:

At 5pm, Eduardo Georjão Fernandes will speak about his research on how police forces employ new surveillance technologies to control grassroots dissent in Brazil

 

Summer School on Youth Political Participation in Times of Inequalities

Date: 17/07/2018 - 22/07/2018

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 Tuesday 17th to Sunday 22nd.

 

Summer School on Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics

Date: 25/06/2018 - 29/06/2018

Place: Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

Category: Summer School

Abstract:

The ECPR Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy is holding its first Summer School on ‘Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics’ at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, 25-29 June 2018.

 

The Direct Parliament: The Impact of Digital Democracy on Political Representation

Date: 08/06/2018

Place: Department of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, , Room Altana, h. 9.30am-7pm

Category: Other

Abstract:

The Direct Parliament is the closing conference of the research project “Scalable Democracy”, which is coordinated by Dr. Marco Deseriis as part of a Marie Curie research grant funded by the European Commission. It will bring together scholars, software developers, and party activists from Spain, Germany, New Zealand, United States, and Italy to discuss a range of critical questions

 

African youth on the move. The 2011 Senegalese uprising and other protest movements against ‘Presidents for Life’

Date: 06/06/2018

Place: Scuola Normale Superiore, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Conference Hall “l’Altana” - 3.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.

Category: Movimenti del Mondo

Abstract:

The Berlinale price-winning documentary film ‘The Revolution won’t be televised’ (2016) is a close-up of the massive youth uprisings that took place in Senegal in 2011 when a new grassroots movement emerged. Led by two rappers and a journalist, thousands took to the streets to state that they were “fed up” (Y’en a marre) with the ruling president Abdoulaye Wade

 

Jonathan Levy – “The consequences of Paul Volcker. US capitalism since the 1980s”

Date: 05/06/2018

Place: Department of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Room Simone del Pollaiolo, h. 1pm-3pm

Category:

Abstract:

Jonathan Levy will give a Lunch seminar on Tuesday 5 June h.13-15, Sala del Pollaiolo, on ​​”The consequences of Paul Volcker. US capitalism since the 1980s”

 

Kevin Gillan – “Temporality in Social Movement Theory: Vectors and Events in the Neoliberal Timescape”

Date: 04/06/2018

Place: Department of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Simone del Pollaiolo, 11 am

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Department of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Simone del Pollaiolo, 11 am

 

Colin Crouch – “Can we solve the problem of precarious work?”

Date: 28/05/2018

Place: Department of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Room Simone del Pollaiolo, h. 1pm-3pm

Category: Other

Abstract:

​Colin Crouch ​ will give a Lunch seminar on Monday 28 May h.13-15, Sala del Pollaiolo, on ​”Can we solve the problem of precarious work?”

 

News

09/11/2018

Donatella della Porta on the Growing Criminalization of Protest

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The criminalization of protest is growing: there are many signals of this both in ‘hybrid’ regimes and in democratic countries. In this interview, Donatella della Porta discusses the dynamics and consequences of such trend.

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara
Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian CasaPound.

Monograph - 2018

Political Strategies and Social Movements in Latin America. The Zapatistas and Bolivian Cocaleros

Leonidas Oikonomakis
This book investigates how social movements form their political strategies in their quest for social change and -when they shift from one strategy to another- why and how that happens.