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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.

Scholars and researchers interested in discussing their work at one of the slots of COSMOS Talks should send an abstract to Lorenzo Zamponi and/or Loris Caruso (talks organizers), preferably by the end of September. A program will be then circulated. 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.

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

 

Aidan McGarry – “Beyond the Iconic: The Performance of Protest on Social Media During Gezi Park”

Date: 13/11/2017

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore - Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - Room Filippo Strozzi, 2 pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Filippo Strozzi, 13 November 2017, 2 pm

 

Katy Hayward – “Visibility and Violence: Insights from managing contentious events in Belfast”

Date: 07/11/2017

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore - Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - Room Filippo Strozzi, 2.30pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Filippo Strozzi, 7 November 2017, 2.30pm

 

Peter McLoughlin – “Exiting Political Violence: The Northern Ireland Case and the Importance of Providing Militants with a Viable ‘Exit Strategy'”

Date: 07/11/2017

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore - Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - Room Filippo Strozzi, 2.30pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Filippo Strozzi, 7 November 2017, 2.30pm

 

Mark R. Beissinger – “A Revolutionary World: The Growth and Urbanization of Global Mass Revolt”

Date: 29/09/2017

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore - Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - Room Filippo Strozzi, 1pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

On September 29th 2017, at 1 p.m., Mark R. Beissinger (Henry W. Putnam Professor of Politics, Princeton University) will discuss his research by presenting a paper entitled “A Revolutionary World: The Growth and Urbanization of Global Mass Revolt”

 

Erik Olin Wright – “How to be an Anti-capitalist for the 21st century”

Date: 13/06/2017

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

On June 13th 2017, at 3 p.m., Erik Olin Wright (University of Wisconsin) will discuss his research by presenting a paper entitled “How to be an Anti-capitalist for the 21st century”

 

James Jasper – “Gains and Losses: Rethinking Movement Outcomes”

Date: 18/05/2017

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

On May 18th – 3pm-5pm, James Jasper (The City University of New York – CUNY), will discuss his research by presenting a paper entitled: “Outcomes of Social Movement Organizations”

 

Joan Subìrats – “After the Indignados: What is new and what is traditional in the political and organizational dynamics of Podemos, En Comu and Mareas?”

Date: 15/05/2017

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

On May 15th 2017, at 11 a.m., Prof. Joan Subìrats (Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona) will present a paper on the political and organizational dynamics of Podemos, En Comu and Mareas

 

Mark CJ Stoddart – “Co-Existence or Conflict? The Role of Environmental Movements in the Oil-Tourism Interface in the North Atlantic”

Date: 12/04/2017

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

On April 12th at 11am, Prof. Mark CJ Stoddart will present a paper on environmental movements in the oil-tourism interface.

 

Victor Sampedro Blanco – “The Digital Public Sphere in Spain (2004-2016). An alternative and counter-hegemonic Public Space?”

Date: 04/04/2017

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

On April 4th at 3 pm, Prof. Victor Sampedro Blanco (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid) will present a paper entitled “The Digital Public Sphere in Spain (2004-2016). An alternative and counter-hegemonic Public Space?”.

 

Christian Fuchs – “Reading Marx’s ‘Capital’ in the Information Age”

Date: 29/03/2017

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

On March 29th at 2 pm, Prof. Christian Fuchs (University of Westminster) will present a paper entitled “Reading Marx’s ‘Capital’ in the Information Age”.

 

Ken Roberts – “Economic Crises as Critical Junctures: The Structuring of Social Protest in Southern Europe and Latin America”

Date: 07/03/2017

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

On March 7th, at 3 p.m., Kenneth M. Roberts (Cornell University), will discuss his work entitled: Economic Crises as Critical Junctures: The Structuring of Social Protest in Southern Europe and Latin America

 

Robert Fishman – “Mechanisms of social movement success: conversation, displacement and disruption”

Date: 16/02/2017

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

On February 16th, at 5 p.m., Robert Fishman (Universidad Carlos III, Ma­drid), will discuss his work entitled: Mechanisms of social movement success: conversation, displacement and disruption

 

Francesca Scrinzi – Caring for the nation: narratives and practices of populist radical right men and women

Date: 07/12/2016

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

On December 7th, at 11 a.m., Francesca Scrinzi (University of Glasgow) will discuss her research by presenting a paper entitled: “Caring for the nation: narratives and practices of populist radical right men and women”.

 

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.