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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.

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

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”.

 

Philippe Van Parijs – Europe’s Destiny

Date: 02/12/2016

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

On December 2nd, at 2 p.m., Prof. Philippe Van Parijs (University of Louvain) will discuss his research by presenting a paper entitled: “Europe’s Destiny”.

 

Lucio Baccaro – Political Economy of the Euro Crisis: How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?

Date: 18/11/2016

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

On November 18th, at 14, Prof. Lucio Baccaro (Université de Genève) will discuss his research by presenting a paper entitled: “Political Economy of the Euro Crisis: How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?”.

 

John Holloway – Now is the moment to learn hope. The grammar of revolt and research

Date: 07/11/2016

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

On November 7th, at 11, Prof. John Holloway (Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico) will discuss his research by presenting a paper entitled: “Now is the moment to learn hope. The grammar of revolt and research”.

 

Federico M. Rossi – Conceptualizing strategy making in a historical and collective perspective

Date: 14/09/2016

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

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

On September 14th, at 14.30, Dr. Federico M. Rossi (National University of San Martín – UNSAM, Argentina) will discuss his research by presenting a paper entitled: “Conceptualizing Strategy Making in a historical and collective perspective”.

 

Professor Wolfgang Streeck, “The Systemic Crisis of Capitalism and the reconstruction of oppositional movements”

Date: 01/06/2016

Place: Istituto Scienze Umane e Sociali, Scuola Normale Superiore, Firenze, Aula Simone del Pollaiuolo

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

On June 1st, at 12.15pm, professor Professor Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck Institute, Cologne) will discuss with us about “The Systemic Crisis of Capitalism and the reconstruction of oppositional movements”

 

News

25/08/2017

Donatella Della Porta con Yanis Varoufakis alla 13esima conferenza ESA

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Wednesday, August 30th (8pm-9.30pm) professor della Porta, who directs the Center on Social Movement Studies(Cosmos), will dialogue with Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Minister of Finance during the first Tsipras government, about the future of Europe and the social consequences of neoliberal economies

08/06/2017

Call for Papers - Cosmos Conference "The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Student Movements in Late Neoliberalism"

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The Centre on Social Movement Studies, directed by Professor Donatella Della Porta, calls for papers addressing the recent global wave of student protests for a two-days conference to bel held in Florence, at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), on 15-16 November 2017.

19/05/2017

Video available for the International Conference – Beyond Borders: Refugees and Struggles in Europe Mobilization, Solidarity and Political Challenges in the Long Summer of Migration

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Watch the video of the International Conference – Beyond Borders, which was held at Palazzo Strozzi on May 12, 2017

Publications

Monograph - 2018

Social Movements and Civil War : When Protests for Democratization Fail

Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker , Bogumila Hall , Emin Poljarevic
This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements' struggles for democracy ends up in civil war.

Journal Article - 2017

Successful student activism in contemporary Italian universities

Lorenzo Cini
This article assesses the strategies that the Italian student activists adopted in order to influence the revision process of the governance structure of their universities in 2011