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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

Abstract:

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

16/07/2021

Prof. della Porta to lead VolkswagenStiftung-funded ECSEuro project

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Reflecting the European challenge of transnational cooperation and multiple crises, this project asks how local political initiatives across Europe enact citizenship and solidarity and contribute to the vision of a more democratic Europe from below.

09/07/2021

SNS announces 7 fully-funded PhD positions

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The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore announces 7 fully-funded PhD positions. Deadline for applications: 21 August 2021.

28/09/2020

Four post-doctoral research positions on the pandemic

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The Scuola Normale Superiore announces four post-doctoral positions to be activated as part of the research project “After the coronavirus pandemic: The effects of the health emergency on society and knowledge.” 

26/02/2020

CFP Athens conference "Capitalism, Democracy, Contention: A Decade of Crisis" 13-15 May 2020

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Aspiring to shed light on the Greek experience in the era of crisis in a comparative, inter-disciplinary perspective, the Laboratory on Contentious Politics (Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University, Athens), the Centre on Social Movement Studies (Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence) and the Hellenic Political Science Association are organizing an international conference to be held at Panteion University, on 13, 14 and 15 May 2020.

12/12/2019

Prof. Donatella Della Porta to Be Awarded Honorary PhD

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On Friday 13, 2019, the University of the Peloponnese (PSIR) will award an honorary doctorate to Professor Donatella Della Porta, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore.

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.

Publications

Edited Volume - 2021

Varieties of Populism in Europe in Times of Crises

Manuela Caiani & Paolo Graziano
Populism is booming across all the nuances of the political spectrum. It occupies relevant positions in national parliaments, in governmental coalitions with mainstream parties or as successful challengers of the political status quo. This volume sheds new light on the topic from different methodological and theoretical angles and offers evidence from a variety of cases on the ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions on populism’s emergence and consolidation in Europe over the past 30 years.

Journal Article - 2021

Forging, bending, and breaking: Enacting the “illiberal playbook” in Hungary and Poland

Andrea Pirro & Ben Stanley
We first argue that illiberal changes are ideologically founded and identify how both populism and nativism figure in the policymaking of illiberals in power. We then show how these practices emerge from a common “illiberal playbook”—a paradigm of policy change comprising forms of forging, bending, and breaking—and elaborate on the notion that illiberal governments are using legalism to kill liberalism.

Edited Volume - 2021

Contentious Migrant Solidarity. Shrinking Spaces and Civil Society Contestation

Donatella della Porta & Elias Steinhilper
Building upon social movement and migration studies, this book maps the two sides of ‘contentious solidarity’: a shrinking civic space and its contestation by civil society.

Journal Article - 2021

Learning from Democratic Practices: New Perspectives in Institutional Design

Andrea Felicetti
Drawing from literature on democratic practices in social movements and democratic innovations, the article illustrates three ways to advance institutional design in the wake of the systemic turn.

Journal Article - 2021

Far-right protest mobilisation in Europe: Grievances, opportunities and resources

Pietro Castelli Gattinara, Caterina Froio & Andrea Pirro
In this article, we bridge previous research on the far right and social movements to advance hypotheses on the drivers of far-right protest mobilisation based on grievances, opportunities and resource mobilisation models. We use an original dataset combining novel data on 4,845 far-right protest events in 11 East and West European countries (2008–2018), with existing measures accounting for the (political, economic and cultural) context of mobilisation.

Journal Article - 2021

Populism between voting and non-electoral participation

Andrea Pirro & Martín Portos
The article focuses on a neglected aspect of populist mobilisation, i.e. non-electoral participation (NEP), and elaborates on the extent to which populist party voters engage politically outside the polling station. While challenging common understandings of populism as inherently distrustful and apathetic, and protest as an exclusive practice of the left, the study critically places NEP at the heart of populism in general, and populist right politics in particular.

Monograph - 2021

Migrant Protest. Interactive Dynamics in Precarious Mobilizations

Elias Steinhilper
This book explores the interactions and spaces shaping the emergence, trajectory, and fragmentation of migrant protest in unfavorable contexts of marginalization.

Journal Article - 2020

We protect the forest beings, and the forest beings protect us: Cultural resistance in the Ecuadorian Amazonia

Leonidas Oikonomakis
The inhabitants of Sarayaku have forged an anti-colonial, anti-extractivist, and anti-capitalist resistance culture. How did that culture develop? How is it articulated? Moreover, how is kawsak sacha positioned in the discussion over the rights of Nature in Latin America? Based on three months of ethnographic research in the community of Sarayaku and more than twenty-five interviews with community members, this article addresses those important questions and argues that securing legal protection may not be a long-term resistance strategy.

Monograph - 2020

The Contentious Politics of Expertise. Experts, activism and grassroots environmentalism

Riccardo Emilio Chesta
Based on mixed-methods research and ethnographic fieldwork at various sites in Italy, this book examines the relationship between expertise and activism in grassroots environmentalism. Bridging the sociology of expertise and contentious politics, the book shows how conflict transforms, rather than inhibits, expertise production into a ‘contentious politics by other means’.

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.