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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”

 

Between right-wing and left-wing mobilizations. Anti-government protests in Central and Eastern Europe.

Date: 24/05/2017

Place: Aula Filippo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze

Category: Other

Abstract:

On the 24th of May, from 2pm to 4pm, Laszlo Bruszt (European University Institute), Ondrej Cisar (Charles University, Prague) and Andrea Pirro (Scuola Normale Superiore) will join us for a COSMOS roundtable to discuss about the recent anti-government protests in Central and Eastern European countries.

 

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.

 

Rebellious politics in the United States. The rise of the grassroots opposition to the Trump administration

Date: 27/04/2017

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

Category: Other

Abstract:

On the 27th of April, from 2pm to 4pm, James Jaspers (CUNY) and Kenneth Roberts (Cornell University) will join us for a COSMOS roundtable to discuss about the current grassroots opposition to the Trump administration in the United States. 

 

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”

 

Alice Mattoni – “Political participation in complex media enviroments”

Date: 15/02/2017

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

Category: Other

Abstract:

On February 15 – h. 13:00 – 14:30, Alice Mattoni (Scuola Normale Superiore), Diego Ceccobelli (Scuola Normale Superiore) and Emiliano Trerè (Scuola Normale Superiore) will present the research conducted in the framework of the research project PiCME – Political Participation in Complex Media Environments.

 

The Subversion of Big Data. Cultures, Discourses and Practices of Big Data in Social Movements Contexts

Date: 17/11/2016 - 18/11/2016

Place: Aula Filippo Strozzi, Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Scuola Normale Superiore, Firenze

Category: Other

Abstract:

This seminar is part ot the Social Movements and Media Technologies: Present Challenges and Future Developments Seminar Series, designed to tackle and critically understand one of the crucial societal changes of our times: the relationship between political participation and media technologies.

 

Irish Society, History and Culture: 100 Years After 2016

Date: 12/10/2016 - 14/10/2016

Place: Scuola Normale Superiore, European University Institute, and Università degli Studi di Firenze

Category: Other

Abstract:

 

The Missing Actor: The Meaning of Political Cultures for Media/Movements Interactions

Date: 21/04/2016 - 22/04/2016

Place: Aula Filippo Strozzi, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Via degli Strozzi 1, Florence

Category: Other

Abstract:

This seminar is part ot the Social Movements and Media Technologies: Present Challenges and Future Developments Seminar Series, designed to tackle and critically understand one of the crucial societal changes of our times: the relationship between political participation and media technologies.

 

The Contentious Politics of Higher Education

Date: 11/02/2016

Place: Room Simone del Pollaiolo, Isituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Palazzo Strozzi

Category: Other

Abstract:

A seminar that explores the contentious politics of higher education in several countries across the world.

 

The Activist, the Academic and Digital Media: Challenging Research, Re-thinking Theory

Date: 14/12/2015 - 15/12/2015

Place: Goldmisths, University of London

Category: Other

Abstract:

This seminar is part ot the Social Movements and Media Technologies: Present Challenges and Future Developments Seminar Series, designed to tackle and critically understand one of the crucial societal changes of our times: the relationship between political participation and media technologies.

 

Movement and Parties, Movement Parties, Movement in Parties

Date: 06/10/2015

Place: Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

Category: Other

Abstract:

A contribution of this conference is in the bridging of concepts and theories developed in two quite successful subfields in the social and political sciences: social movements’ and political parties’ studies. In particular, focusing on relations between parties and movements, we will address the relevant issues of social movement effects as well as literature on party system changes. Bridging both traditions of studies we shall reflect on the transformation of movement/parties relations induced by the neoliberal critical junctures, as well as on the organizational transformation that from social movements spilled over into party politics.

 

Visibilities: Social Protest, ‘The Media’, and the Shaping of Public Opinion

Date: 03/09/2015 - 04/09/2015

Place: Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze

Category: Other

Abstract:

This seminar is part ot the Social Movements and Media Technologies: Present Challenges and Future Developments Seminar Series, designed to tackle and critically understand one of the crucial societal changes of our times: the relationship between political participation and media technologies.

 

News

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

19/05/2017

Marco Deseriis wins Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government

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Dr. Marco Deseriis, Marie Curie Fellow and Research Fellow at Cosmos, has won the Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government (Danube University, Krems Au Donau, Austria)

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

The Electoral Success of the Radical Left: Explaining the Least Likely Case of the Communist Party in Graz

Manès Weisskircher
Recently, scholars have shown a growing interest in radical left parties (RLPs). In terms of electoral success, the rise of the KPÖ Graz, the Communist Party in Austria’s second biggest city, represents perhaps the most counterintuitive case in Western Europe. This analysis shows how the party has managed to ‘own’ the issue of housing and to exploit local political opportunities in order to be electorally successful. The findings point to the importance of agency and the subnational level for RLPs, and highlight more general questions in the study of this party family.

Journal Article - 2017

Non-deliberative politics in deliberative democracy: distinct approaches for different actors

Andrea Felicetti
In this paper Andrea Felicetti first illustrates the main ideas of the systemic turn, explores the distinction between ‘deliberative’ and ‘non-deliberative’ politics and investigates the main arguments justifying non-deliberative politics. Then, he builds upon these arguments to shed new light on the relationship between deliberative and non-deliberative politics. He identifies three distinctive actors in deliberative systems (political institutions, empowered agents, and public space actors). Finally, he argues that deliberative democrats should adopt three different approaches (intensive, moderate, and free) in order to assess whether the use of non-deliberative politics by each of these actors is legitimate.