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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.

Friendship as a Political Concept: Kurdish Youth Politics in the 1990s, Delal Aydin, SAR research fellow at SNS/COSMOS

Date: 17/06/2020

Place: 2:30-3:30 PM, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore. Online Talk.

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Citizen-Initiated Mechanisms of Direct Democracy: A Way to Minimize the Risks of Social Explosions? – David Altman, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Date: 19/02/2020

Place: 4:00-5:30 PM, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi (5th Floor), Piazza Strozzi, 50123 Firenze

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Right, Click, Remove – Donatella Della Ratta, John Cabot University

Date: 04/02/2020

Place: 2:30-4:30 PM, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi (5th Floor), Piazza Strozzi, 50123 Firenze

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Democracy and the Public Sphere – Hans Jorg Trenz, University of Copenhagen

Date: 04/12/2019

Place: 10 AM-1 PM, Aula Simone del Pollauiolo, Palazzo Strozzi (5th Floor), Piazza Strozzi, Firenze

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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

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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

Category: COSMOS Talk

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

 

News

28/09/2020

Four post-doctoral research positions on the pandemic

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The Scuola Normale Superiore announces four post-doctoral positions to be activated as part of the research project “After the coronavirus pandemic: The effects of the health emergency on society and knowledge.” 

26/02/2020

CFP Athens conference "Capitalism, Democracy, Contention: A Decade of Crisis" 13-15 May 2020

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Aspiring to shed light on the Greek experience in the era of crisis in a comparative, inter-disciplinary perspective, the Laboratory on Contentious Politics (Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University, Athens), the Centre on Social Movement Studies (Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence) and the Hellenic Political Science Association are organizing an international conference to be held at Panteion University, on 13, 14 and 15 May 2020.

12/12/2019

Prof. Donatella Della Porta to Be Awarded Honorary PhD

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On Friday 13, 2019, the University of the Peloponnese (PSIR) will award an honorary doctorate to Professor Donatella Della Porta, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore.

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

Publications

Journal Article - 2020

Populism between voting and non-electoral participation

Andrea Pirro & Martín Portos
The article focuses on a neglected aspect of populist mobilisation, i.e. non-electoral participation (NEP), and elaborates on the extent to which populist party voters engage politically outside the polling station. While challenging common understandings of populism as inherently distrustful and apathetic, and protest as an exclusive practice of the left, the study critically places NEP at the heart of populism in general, and populist right politics in particular.

Journal Article - 2020

Reverting trajectories? UKIP’s organisational and discursive change after the Brexit referendum

Ofra Klein & Andrea Pirro
While showing UKIP’s projection into a new phase of its political lifecycle, the findings qualify the notion that the party has radicalised its (online) discourse as a result of (offline) organisational changes.

Special Issue - 2020

The Cultural Side of Populism: Politics, Emotions, Music and Subcultures in Populist Times

Manuela Caiani & Enrico Padoan
This special issue aims to combine an analytical perspective with an empirical focus on current populism(s) in Europe and their cultural aspects.

Journal Article - 2020

On corruption and state capture: The struggle of anti-corruption activism in Hungary

Andrea Pirro & Donatella della Porta
The article draws on social movement theory to understand collective action against corruption in Hungary. While offering a perspective on anti-corruption activism, the article demonstrates its limits against a set of unfavourable factors.

Monograph - 2020

Discursive Turns and Critical Junctures: Debating Citizenship after the Charlie Hebdo Attacks

Donatella della Porta, Pietro Castelli Gattinara, Konstantinos Eleftheriadis & Andrea Felicetti
The book offers an in-depth analysis of the unfolding of the public debate in terms of content of claims making, framing, and justifications as well as the quality (deliberativeness) of the discourses by a variety of actors in the public sphere.

Journal Article - 2020

Systemic Unsustainability as a Threat to Democracy

Andrea Felicetti
In a context of resilient unsustainability, protesters have little expectation that institutions might address the ecological crisis and this view is likely to spread. New ways of thinking about this problem and a new research agenda are needed.

Journal Article - 2020

Populism and the (Italian) crisis: The voters and the context

Manuela Caiani & Enrico Padoan
This article, focusing on Italy, aims to broaden our understanding of the recent striking electoral fortunes of (differing types of) populism in the country, by locating them within multiple crises (political, economic, migration) that have shocked Europe in the last two decades.

Journal Article - 2020

Nationalism and populism on the left: The case of Podemos

Jacopo Custodi
This article provides an empirical exploration of the relation between nationalism and populism on the left of the political spectrum.

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.