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2017-05-19

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

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)

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Dr. Marco Deseriis, Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences and Research Fellow at Cosmos, has won the Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government, which was held on May 17-19 at Danube University, Krems Au Donau, Austria.

Dr. Deseriis’ article is titled “Direct Parliamentarianism: An Analysis of the Political Values Embedded in Rousseau, the ‘Operating System’ of the Five Star Movement.”

Crossing empirical observation of the platform’s functionalities with quantitative data regarding it use and fieldwork data collected by the author during the 2016 National Meeting of the Five Star Movement, the paper argues that Rousseau supports an emerging “direct parliamentarianism,” which allows party members to entertain a direct relationship with their elected representatives, at the expense, however, of deliberative processes that may allow them to influence the party’s political line.

The article can be accessed through this link .

 

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Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Publications

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

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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.