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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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COSMOS Conferences

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.

 

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.

 

Policing research: Surveillance, repression and the academia

Date: 04/11/2016

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

Category: COSMOS Conference

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The Charlie Hebdo Critical Juncture: European Public Spheres Before and After the Paris Attacks

Date: 20/10/2016 - 21/10/2016

Place: Palazzo Strozzi - Sala Altana

Category: COSMOS Conference

Abstract:

This conference aims at analysing the effects of the Charlie Hebdo attacks on the content and quality of public debates across Western European societies, paying special attention to dynamics of deliberation and polarization across public spheres, and to the interplay between mass media and social movements in the construction of public discourse.

 

Friends and Foes of Social Movements

Date: 06/10/2016 - 08/10/2016

Place: Institute of Humanites and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

Category: COSMOS Conference

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News

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).

26/10/2017

Now Online! The plenary session (Un)making Europe of the 13th ESA Conference

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During the plenary session, Donatella della Porta and Yanis Varoufakis spoke about the future of Europe and the social consequences of neoliberal economies.

06/10/2017

Open Democracy Post - "The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below

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Although some still conceive of the referendum as launched by a pro-independence vanguard, the elite story falls short of explaining the resilient participation of a large part of Catalan civil society. This post at Open Democracy addresses this issue from a different angle.

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

Digital Capitalism and the End of Politics: The Case of the Italian Five Star Movement

Loris Caruso
This article investigates the political and cultural nature of the Movimento Cinque Stelle (Five Star Movement, M5S) by (1) analyzing its discourse on democracy, its organizational choices and its main issues; (2) comparing these elements with populism and the left; and (3) linking its fundamental characteristics to contemporary economic processes usually termed “digital capitalism.”

Journal Article - 2017

Framing exclusion in the public sphere: Far-right mobilization and the debate on Charlie Hebdo in Italy

Pietro Castelli Gattinara
While the January 2015 Paris terrorist attacks presented a crucial opportunity for far-right mobilisation, the focus on liberal democratic values and Charlie Hebdo’s non-conformist progressive profile presented challenges for right-wing discourse. Taking Italy as a paradigmatic case of public controversies on cultural and religious affairs, this article examines the opportunities and constraints generated by multicultural crises for far-right framing choices.