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COSMOS Share

Through the COSMOS Share, members of the COSMOS community can share their research and help each other through constructive feedback. The format is simple: one hour of informal, rigorous academic discussion, two times a month. About  ten days before the meeting COSMOS Share presenters should send to Andrea Felicetti (the COSMOS Share organizer) a draft of the document they will discuss, so that he can share it with those interested in reading it and attending the session.

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”

 

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”

 

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”

 

Julia Rone – “ ‘Don’t Worry: We are from the Internet’: Mobilizing against ACTA and TTIP in the Age of Austerity”

Date: 06/04/2017

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

Category: COSMOS Share

Abstract:

On April 6th, from 5 to 6 p.m., Julia Rone (European University Institute), will discuss her work entitled: “Don’t Worry: We are from the Internet”: Mobilizing against ACTA and TTIP in the Age of Austerity

 

Andrea Felicetti – “ ‘Convergence des luttes’ and deliberation in the Nuit debout movement”

Date: 23/03/2017

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

Category: COSMOS Share

Abstract:

On March 23rd 2017, from 5 to 6 p.m., Andrea Felicetti (Scuola Normale Superiore) will present a paper entitled “ ‘Convergence des luttes’ and deliberation in the Nuit debout movement”

 

Contentious politics by other means. New Environmentalism and the Politics of Expertise in Florence and Venice

Date: 09/03/2017

Place: Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Aula Simone del Pollaiolo

Category: COSMOS Share

Abstract:

On Thursday, 9 March, Riccardo Emilio Chesta (EUI) will present his work on new environmentalism and the politics of expertise in Italy at 5pm in Room Simone del Pollaiolo.

 

Riccardo Emilio Chiesta – “Contentious politics by other means. New Environmentalism and the Politics of Expertise in Florence and Venice”

Date: 09/03/2017

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

Category: COSMOS Share

Abstract:

On March 9th 2017, from 5 to 6 p.m., Riccardo Emilio Chiesta (European University Institute) will present a paper entitled “Contentious politics by other means. New Environmentalism and the Politics of Expertise in Florence and Venice”

 

Herman Lelieveldt – “Chaperoning private politics: how states affect NGO-corporate interactions”

Date: 30/11/2016

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

Category: COSMOS Share

Abstract:

On November 30th 2016, Herman Lelieveldt (University College Roosevelt) will present a paper entitled “Chaperoning private politics: how states affect NGO-corporate interactions”

 

Helena Flam – “On ‘Critical’ Lawyers”

Date: 10/10/2016

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

Category: COSMOS Share

Abstract:

On October 10th, at 2 p.m., Helena Flam (Leipzig University), will discuss her work entitled: On ‘Critical’ Lawyers

 

Mayo Fuster Morell – “Collaborative economy: Which public policies and organizational strategies for an open-commons model and inclusive growth of collaborative economy in Europe?”

Date: 14/09/2016

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

Category: COSMOS Share

Abstract:

On September 14th, from 12 p.m. to 13 p.m., Mayo Fustell Morell (Open University of Catalonia), will discuss her work entitled: Collaborative economy: Which public policies and organizational strategies for an open-commons model and inclusive growth of collaborative economy in Europe?

 

COSMOShare meeting with Loris Caruso

Date: 07/06/2016

Place: Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze

Category: COSMOS Share

Abstract:

On June 7th, from 2pm to 3pm, at Palazzo Strozzi, Dott. Loris Caruso will present to COSMOS his work on Podemos.

 

Territory in rebellion: Remnants of rebel governance in a republican community

Date: 24/05/2016

Place: Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Palazzo Strozzi

Category: COSMOS Share

Abstract:

A presentation on the temporal continuity of rebel governance regimes in select republican communities in contemporary Northern Ireland.

 

Participatory Institutions in Brazil: Innovation and Challenges

Date: 10/05/2016

Place: Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Palazzo Strozzi

Category: COSMOS Share

Abstract:

A presentation on the innovation in and challenges for participatory institutions in Brazil today

 

News

24/09/2017

New Publication Out - "Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis"

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A timely publication to shed light on the link between social movements that formed as a consequence of the 2008 financial crash and the referendums' dynamic and results.

25/08/2017

Donatella Della Porta con Yanis Varoufakis alla 13esima conferenza ESA

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Wednesday, August 30th (8pm-9.30pm) professor della Porta, who directs the Center on Social Movement Studies(Cosmos), will dialogue with Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Minister of Finance during the first Tsipras government, about the future of Europe and the social consequences of neoliberal economies

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.

Publications

Monograph - 2018

Social Movements and Civil War : When Protests for Democratization Fail

Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker , Bogumila Hall , Emin Poljarevic
This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements' struggles for democracy ends up in civil war.

Journal Article - 2017

Successful student activism in contemporary Italian universities

Lorenzo Cini
This article assesses the strategies that the Italian student activists adopted in order to influence the revision process of the governance structure of their universities in 2011