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Discourse Theory in Populism Research: Method, Theory, Concepts, Yannis Stavrakakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Date: 16/10/2019

Place: 13-15, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Palazzo Strozzi (5th floor), Piazza Strozzi, Florence.

Category: Other

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Europe’s vote. A discussion on the results and consequences of the European elections

Date: 06/06/2019

Place: 1pm - Aula Filippo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

Category: Other

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Perspectives and Practices on Participatory Action Research in Social Movements

Date: 12/04/2019

Place: 2:30pm - Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

Category: Other

Abstract:

An open session based on the World Cafè discussion methodology to share different experiences and understandings of Participatory Action Research in social movements settings.

 

Workshop on Participatory Action Research and Social Movements

Date: 11/04/2019 - 12/04/2019

Place: Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

Category: Other

Abstract:

A two day workshop on participatory action research to investigate social movements and grassroots political participation.

 

Digital media (and beyond) in the daily life of politics – Final workshop of the PiCME research project

Date: 21/03/2019 - 22/03/2019

Place: Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

Category: Other

Abstract:

A discussion on the cross-country comparative analysis of how activists engage with media at large during their daily political work in Greece, Italy and Spain.

 

The Cultural Side of Populism. Politics, Emotions, Subcultures and Music in populist times

Date: 04/03/2019

Place: 10am - Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze

Category: Other

Abstract:

This workshop contributes to the debate about cultural aspects and emotions in the study of politics and populism in particular, by addressing the topic from an interdisciplinary perspective (political science and political sociology, together with cultural and media studies and musicology) and from a standpoint of methodological pluralism.

 

The Persistence of Global Masculinism – Lucy Nicholas, Swinburne University, Australia

Date: 14/11/2018

Place: Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

Category: Other

Abstract:

A seminar co-hosted by the Florence Intersectionality and Gender (FIG) Working Group at the Scuola Normale Superiore and the LGBTQI+ Caucus at the European University Institute – 14th of November from 2pm to 4pm in Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

 

The Direct Parliament: The Impact of Digital Democracy on Political Representation

Date: 08/06/2018

Place: Department of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, , Room Altana, h. 9.30am-7pm

Category: Other

Abstract:

The Direct Parliament is the closing conference of the research project “Scalable Democracy”, which is coordinated by Dr. Marco Deseriis as part of a Marie Curie research grant funded by the European Commission. It will bring together scholars, software developers, and party activists from Spain, Germany, New Zealand, United States, and Italy to discuss a range of critical questions

 

Colin Crouch – “Can we solve the problem of precarious work?”

Date: 28/05/2018

Place: Department of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Room Simone del Pollaiolo, h. 1pm-3pm

Category: Other

Abstract:

​Colin Crouch ​ will give a Lunch seminar on Monday 28 May h.13-15, Sala del Pollaiolo, on ​”Can we solve the problem of precarious work?”

 

Workshop on Aesthetics of Protest. The intersections between art, protest, politics and social media

Date: 06/12/2017

Place: Palazzo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Room Filippo Strozzi - 9:30am/4:30pm

Category: Other

Abstract:

The workshop Aesthetics of Protest will take place from 9:30am to 4:30pm on December the 6th. Participants will discuss how visual culture, aesthetics and communication interplay with protest today.

 

Andrea Pirro – “The populist politics of Euroscepticism in times of crisis”

Date: 07/06/2017

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

Category: Other

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On June 7 – h. 13:00 – 14:30, Andrea Pirro (Scuola Normale Superiore), will discuss his research by presenting a paper entitled: “The populist politics of Euroscepticism in times of crisis”

 

Conference – Un’America “all’italiana”? La democrazia populista nell’età di Trump

Date: 04/05/2017

Place: Aula Kessler, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento (via Verdi, 26)

Category: Other

Abstract:

The public conference “Un’America ‘all’italiana’? La democrazia populista nell’età di Trump” will host Prof. Sidney Tarrow (Cornell University), one of the most prominent scholars in the field of colective action, social movements, and contentious politics studies.

 

The 2017 “Mauro Rostagno Lectures in Contentious Politics”, Prof. Sidney Tarrow

Date: 26/04/2017 - 03/05/2017

Place: Department of Sociology and Social Research, Univertsity of Trento, Via Verdi 26

Category: Other

Abstract:

From April 26th to May 5th, 2017, Prof. Sidney Tarrow will hold a series of seminars at the Deaprtment of Sociology and Social Research fo the University of Trento

 

Protest Media Ecologies: Communicative Affordances for Social Change in the Digital Era

Date: 20/04/2017 - 21/02/2017

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

Category: Other

Abstract:

From the 20th to the 21st of April, at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Room Filippo Strozzi: a two day workshop on activists media practices in protest media ecologies from anti-austerity movements in Southern Europe to global perspectives on movements and digital technologies.

 

Elena Pavan – “Studying digital media networks of activism during the process of institutionalization”

Date: 15/03/2017

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

Category: Other

Abstract:

On March 15 – h. 13:00 – 14:30, Elena Pavan (Scuola Normale Superiore), will discuss her research by presenting a paper entitled: “Studying digital media networks of activism during the process of institutionalization”

 

News

22/07/2019

Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

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Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.

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.

05/02/2019

Call for Papers - Social Movements and Parties in a Fractured Media Landscape

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The call for papers is now open for a two-day symposium held under the auspices of the journal ‘Information, Communication & Society’ (iCS) at the Centre on Social Movement Studies, 1-2 July 2019.

04/02/2019

17 Fully funded 4-years PhD positions in Political Science and Sociology and in Transnational Governance, 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.

Publications

Journal Article - 2019

Alliance building and eventful protests: comparing Spanish and Portuguese trajectories under the Great Recession

Martín Portos & Tiago Carvalho
Social movement research has shed light on the relationship between processes of alliance building and multiple factors related to political opportunities, framing, identities, networks and resource mobilization. However, less is known about the impact of eventful protests on coalition building dynamics.

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.

Monograph - 2019

Resistere alla crisi. I percorsi dell'azione sociale diretta

Lorenzo Bosi, Lorenzo Zamponi
Uno studio in profondità su solidarietà, mutualismo e organizzazione dal basso nell'Italia della crisi.

Journal Article - 2019

Digital movement parties: a comparative analysis of the technopolitical cultures and the participation platforms of the Movimento 5 Stelle and the Piratenpartei

Marco Deseriis
This article contributes to the debate on technopopulism by accounting for the critical role played by two different technopolitical cultures in shaping the conception and design of the online participation platforms of the Italian Five Star Movement and the German Pirate Party.

Monograph - 2018

The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Struggles and Power Relations within English and Italian Universities

Lorenzo Cini
Drawing on neo-institutionalist and social movement approaches, this book analyses the impact that recent student mobilizations have brought about within Italian and English universities in terms of student services, curriculum organization, and governance structures.

Chapter in edited book - 2018

I post, you rally, she tweets…and we all occupy. The challenges of hybrid spatiality in the Occupy Wall Street mobilizations

Alice Mattoni
Exploring the interconnections between camps and platforms, this chapter shows how a fluid conception of spatiality emerged in the Occupy Wall Street mobilizations, which had vital implications for the participation patterns of activists.

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.