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Events

Laurent Thévenot – Closeness in Politics: Renewing Analytical Tools

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?”

 

Conference – “1968-2018, fifty years after: Where is the social movement field going?”

Date: 23/05/2018 - 25/05/2018

Place: Department of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy

Category:

Abstract:

Jointly organized by COSMOS/SNS, ECPR/SG P&M and ESA/RN25, this conference takes the 1968 anniversary as a stimulating moment for reflection and seeks to provide a space for looking at the implications of research on social movement developed around that period and for addressing a number of key questions in current social movement research.

 

Michael Burawoy – “A Polanyian theory of social movements”

Date: 22/05/2018

Place: Department of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Simone del Pollaiolo, 2.30 pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Department of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Simone del Pollaiolo, 2.30 pm

 

Cristina Flesher Fominaya – “Navigating the technology-media-movements complex”

Date: 16/05/2018

Place: Department of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Room Filippo Strozzi, 4pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Department of Political and Social Sciences,Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Room Filippo Strozzi, 4pm

 

Geoffrey Pleyers – “Conceptualizing Social Movements”

Date: 18/04/2018

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Sala Simone del Pollaiolo, 3pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

 

Bruno Settis – “The making and breaking of a Fordist working class”

Date: 21/03/2018

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Simone del Pollaiolo, 5 pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Simone del Pollaiolo, 5 pm

 

News

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).

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.

Journal Article - 2018

Mobilizing in transnational contentious spaces: linking relations, emotions and space in migrant activism

Elias Steinhilper
The article illustrates how the transnational spaces most migrants inhabit can be politicized and transformed into particular social formations, for which the term ‘transnational contentious spaces’ is suggested.