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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.

The COSMOS Talks series in the academic year 2018/2019 are organized by Alice Mattoni and Lorenzo Zamponi.

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

Sebastian Haunss, Paolo Gerbaudo – “Capitalist transformations and protest”

Date: 22/02/2018

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Simone del Pollaiolo, 4 pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Simone del Pollaiolo, 4 pm

 

Susi Meret, Jens Rydgren – “Refugee and anti-refugee Movements in the 21st century”

Date: 22/02/2018

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - Room Simone del Pollaiolo, 6 pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Simone del Pollaiolo, 6 pm

 

Dieter Rucht – “Social Movements and the Discourse Quality of Democracy”

Date: 21/02/2018

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

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

 

Marco De Seriis – “A Tale of Two Materialisms: For a Non-instrumental Reading of the Relationship between Social Movements and Information Technologies”

Date: 05/12/2017

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore - Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - Room Filippo Strozzi, 3 pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Filippo Strozzi, 3 pm

 

Mario Diani – “Modes of coordination and theories of organizing: exploring collective action fields”

Date: 17/11/2017

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore - Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - Room Filippo Strozzi, 3 pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Filippo Strozzi, 3 pm

 

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.