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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.

The COSMOS Talks series in the academic year 2018/2019 are organized by Alice Mattoni and Lorenzo Zamponi.

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

 

Cristina Flesher Fominaya – “Navigating the technology-media-movements complex”

Date: 16/05/2018

Place: Department of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Room Filippo Strozzi, 4pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Department of Political and Social Sciences,Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Room Filippo Strozzi, 4pm

 

Geoffrey Pleyers – “Conceptualizing Social Movements”

Date: 18/04/2018

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Sala Simone del Pollaiolo, 3pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

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Bruno Settis – “The making and breaking of a Fordist working class”

Date: 21/03/2018

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Simone del Pollaiolo, 5 pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Simone del Pollaiolo, 5 pm

 

Sebastian Haunss, Paolo Gerbaudo – “Capitalist transformations and protest”

Date: 22/02/2018

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Simone del Pollaiolo, 4 pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Simone del Pollaiolo, 4 pm

 

Susi Meret, Jens Rydgren – “Refugee and anti-refugee Movements in the 21st century”

Date: 22/02/2018

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - Room Simone del Pollaiolo, 6 pm

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Simone del Pollaiolo, 6 pm

 

Dieter Rucht – “Social Movements and the Discourse Quality of Democracy”

Date: 21/02/2018

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Simone del Pollaiolo, 11 am

Category: COSMOS Talk

Abstract:

Time and Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – Room Simone del Pollaiolo, 11 am

 

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”

 

News

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.

Journal Article - 2018

Mobilizing in transnational contentious spaces: linking relations, emotions and space in migrant activism

Elias Steinhilper
The article illustrates how the transnational spaces most migrants inhabit can be politicized and transformed into particular social formations, for which the term ‘transnational contentious spaces’ is suggested.