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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

19/12/2017

10 Fully funded 4-years PhD positions in Political Science and Sociology, for the AA. 2018/2019, Scuola Normale Superiore

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The grant is for 4 years. it is open to students of all nationalities. Coverage of research expenses (conferences, summer schools, research periods abroads) is provided.

13/12/2017

Call for Paper: Conference “1968-2018, fifty years after: Where is the social movements field going?”

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Taking the 1968 anniversary as a stimulating moment for reflection, this conference seeks to provide space for looking at the implications of that period on social movement research as well as addressing a number of key questions in current social movement research.

04/12/2017

Martin Portos Garcia wins the ISA's Seventh Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists

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The International Sociological Association has just announced the list of the winners of the Seventh Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists engaged in social research, amongst which Martin Portos Garcia - post-doc fellow at COSMOS

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

Repertoires of knowledge practices: Social movements in times of crisis

Donatella della Porta and Elena Pavan
Starting from the assumption that knowledge becomes all the more important for movements in times of crisis, as old structures are challenged and new ones envisaged and proved feasible, the purpose of this paper is to suggest ways to expand the toolkit of social movement studies in order to empirically address knowledge practices as a meaningful part of contemporary progressive activism.

Journal Article - 2017

Keeping dissent alive under the Great Recession: no-radicalisation and protest in Spain after the eventful 15M/indignados campaign

Martín Portos
Traditional theories of collective action would predict that, after a triggering event, the trajectory of a wave of protest is determined by the institutionalisation–radicalisation tandem. Based on the Spanish cycle of anti-austerity and against the political status quo protest in the shadow of the Great Recession, this article contends with this approach, as a clear trend towards radicalisation is never observed as the cycle unfolds. An alternative interpretative framework is developed to understand protest trajectories when collaborative inter-organisational strategies prevail.