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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”

 

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.

 

Neoliberalism in the Crisis

Date: 22/05/2015

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

Category: Other

Abstract:

The event is part of the seminar series “Marxism(s) in social movements. Is Marx Back in Social Theory?” jointly organized by the social movement working group of the European University Institute and the Centre on Social Movement Studies during the academic year 2014/15 that will deal with

 

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.