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2017-05-04

Donatella Della Porta at the University of Westminster

On May 4, 2017 at 6 p.m., Prof. Donatella Della Porta will give a public lecture at the University of Westminster focusing on democratic practices in social movements

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In this public lecture, leading scholar Professor Donatella della Porta explores democratic practices in social movements. Her extensive empirical and theoretical work investigates how social movements’ struggles for more democracy are paralleled by internal efforts to self-organise in democratic ways. By establishing deliberative and participatory practices inside social movement organizations, they challenge common conceptions of representative democracy. These processes of democratic internal decision-making and consensus-finding create new participatory spaces at the grass roots. Donatella della Porta’s work examines movements ranging from the Eastern European processes of democratization in 1989, the Global Justice movement, to the Arab Spring, the Indignados, and Occupy.

DATE AND TIME: Thu 4 May 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 BST

LOCATION: UG05, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW (United Kingdom) – View Map

Please, register via the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/donatella-della-porta-democratic-practices-in-social-movements-tickets-33531294003?aff=ehomecard

News

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

10/11/2017

Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Youth Political Participation in Times of Inequalities

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We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the Summer School on Youth Political Participation in Times of Inequalities, sponsored by the Reinventing Democracy in Europe: Youth Doing Politics in Times of Increasing Inequalities project (EURYKA) and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (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

’Solidarietà sconvenienti’. Reti online di estrema destra contro e per la riforma dell’Europa

Elena Pavan and Manuela Caiani
By focusing on the websites of extreme right organizations in six European countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) and by making a combined use of digital research tools and social network analysis, we explore how extreme right organizations make a strategic use of ICTs to connect in the online space and the arguments they move forward to criticize and reform current projects of European integration. Our results suggest that ICTs sustain the construction of inconvenient solidarities in heterogeneous ways, supporting different modes of online conversations amongst extreme right websites which, in turn, affect their capacity to propose shared critiques and proposals to reform the European Union.