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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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COSMOS Talks

The COSMOS Talks are public discussions on cutting edge contentious politics research from across various theoretical, methodological and disciplinary traditions. They aim to provide feedback on preliminary results of current research projects, future research projects proposals and drafts of forthcoming papers, articles and book chapters. The COSMOS Talks also aim at improving synergies and networking among researchers from the COSMOS community as well as from other universities.

We ask presenters to send a paper (of no more than 30 pages) to the organizers, no later than a week before the scheduled talk. Each session lasts for two hours. Paper givers are given maximum 20 minutes to introduce their works. Preselected discussants are given about 10 minutes each to give constructive feedback. The floor will then be open to the public. All participants are asked to read the paper in advance.

Biographical experiences and place attachments in environmental contents : the example of anti-wind turbines activists in Southern France – Stephanie Dechezell, Science Po, Aix en Provence

Date: 04/11/2019

Place: 2:00-4:00 PM, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi (5th Floor), Piazza Strozzi, 50123 Firenze

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The Public Opinion perspective in Social Movement Studies. Three applications: Anti-austerity, Feminism and Pro/Antirefugees movements, Josep Lobera, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Date: 23/10/2019

Place: 3:30-5:30 pm, Department of Political and Social Sciences (5th floor), Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza degli Strozzi, Firenze

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Politics, parties and movements in Portugal’s left turn, Guya Accornero (Lisbon University Institute) and Francisco Louçã (Conselho de Estado)

Date: 16/10/2019

Place: 3:30-6 pm, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze

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Resisting Brexit – Adam Fagan, King’s College

Date: 11/10/2019

Place: 2-4 pm, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Palazzo Strozzi (5th floor), Firenze

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Tea Party Emergence – John McCarty, Penn State University

Date: 01/10/2019

Place: 2-4 pm, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze

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Promoting opposition? Conceptualizing the intersection of movement strategies on environmental ‘goods’ and ‘bads’ – Joost de Moor, Stockholm University

Date: 05/06/2019

Place: 11am - Aula Filippo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

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Experiments in Democracy: Digital Communication and Social Movements – Anastasia Kavada, University of Westminster

Date: 29/05/2019

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

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Social Movements and Translation: Democracy, Power and Communication – Nicole Doerr, University of Copenhagen

Date: 07/05/2019

Place: 11am - Aula Filippo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

Category: COSMOS Talk

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How can people work together across linguistic differences in local communities and transnational networks engaged in solidarity with disempowered communities?

 

Party Responses to Social Movements. An Empirical Assessment – Daniela Piccio, University of Torino

Date: 02/04/2019

Place: 11am - Aula Filippo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

Category: COSMOS Talk

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The talk will show that political parties incorporated many of the claims raised by the 1970s ‘participatory revolution’, and that they did so to a greater extent than it is conventionally acknowledged.

 

Disassembling the hybridity of networked activism – Emiliano Treré, Cardiff University

Date: 20/03/2019

Place: 3pm - Sala Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

Category: COSMOS Talk

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A talk on the hybrid nature of networked activism

 

The consequences of welfare related protests in Sweden – Katrin Uba, Uppsala University

Date: 28/02/2019

Place: 11am - Aula Filippo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Piazza degli Strozzi 1, Firenze

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11am – Aula Filippo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Piazza degli Strozzi 1, Firenze

 

Poor People’s Movements Struggle for Socio-Political Incorporation in Latin America – Federico Rossi, COCINET

Date: 11/02/2019

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

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A talk based on the book “The Poor’s Struggle for Political Incorporation” by Federico Rossi for Cambridge University Press 2017.

 

From militant protest to rioting: Dynamics of bystander mobilization during protests – Stefan Malthaner, Hamburg Institute for Social Research

Date: 11/12/2018

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

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A talk on the dynamics of violence in the context of street demonstrations – based on research on protests against the G20 summit in Hamburg in 2017

 

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

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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

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

 

News

22/07/2019

Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

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Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.

21/06/2019

Call for papers: "The Nation and the Radical Left - Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics"

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The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.

18/06/2019

Call for papers: “Class without consciousness” – The Politics of Fragmented Class Identities

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The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 2019

05/03/2019

A dialogue on labour, trade unions and conflicts

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On the 22nd of March, from 4pm to 7pm, Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore) and Maurizio Landini (Secretary General of CGIL) will discuss about labour, trade unions and conflicts.

05/02/2019

Call for Papers - Social Movements and Parties in a Fractured Media Landscape

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The call for papers is now open for a two-day symposium held under the auspices of the journal ‘Information, Communication & Society’ (iCS) at the Centre on Social Movement Studies, 1-2 July 2019.

04/02/2019

17 Fully funded 4-years PhD positions in Political Science and Sociology and in Transnational Governance, Scuola Normale Superiore

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The grant is for 4 years. It is open to students of all nationalities. Coverage of research expenses (conferences, summer schools, research periods abroads) is provided.

Publications

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.

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.

Monograph - 2019

Resistere alla crisi. I percorsi dell'azione sociale diretta

Lorenzo Bosi, Lorenzo Zamponi
Uno studio in profondità su solidarietà, mutualismo e organizzazione dal basso nell'Italia della crisi.

Journal Article - 2019

Digital movement parties: a comparative analysis of the technopolitical cultures and the participation platforms of the Movimento 5 Stelle and the Piratenpartei

Marco Deseriis
This article contributes to the debate on technopopulism by accounting for the critical role played by two different technopolitical cultures in shaping the conception and design of the online participation platforms of the Italian Five Star Movement and the German Pirate Party.

Monograph - 2018

The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Struggles and Power Relations within English and Italian Universities

Lorenzo Cini
Drawing on neo-institutionalist and social movement approaches, this book analyses the impact that recent student mobilizations have brought about within Italian and English universities in terms of student services, curriculum organization, and governance structures.

Chapter in edited book - 2018

I post, you rally, she tweets…and we all occupy. The challenges of hybrid spatiality in the Occupy Wall Street mobilizations

Alice Mattoni
Exploring the interconnections between camps and platforms, this chapter shows how a fluid conception of spatiality emerged in the Occupy Wall Street mobilizations, which had vital implications for the participation patterns of activists.

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.