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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.

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

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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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

 

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

Abstract:

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

Abstract:

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

Abstract:

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

 

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

Abstract:

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

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

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

 

News

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.

Publications

Journal Article - 2019

Ballots and barricades enhanced: far‐right ‘movement parties’ and movement‐electoral interactions

Andrea Pirro
This contribution enhances our understanding of the contemporary far right by focusing on the neglected links between movements and elections within the broader context of contention.

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.