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2019-12-12

Prof. Donatella Della Porta to Be Awarded Honorary PhD

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.

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Press Release

The proposal submitted and accepted to the to the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of the Peloponnese (PSIR) and ratified by the University’s Senate to award Professor Donatella della Porta an honorary PhD, is in acknowledgment of the fact that her scientific activity is of excellent quality, and that she has made significant contributions to the development of science.

Professor Della Porta’s work is on Political Science and Political Sociology. She has made pivotal and multifaceted contributions to the study of modern social movements, and their development, and impact, as well as in relation to other expressions of the political phenomenon, and in the development of research methodologies and methods in the field of Political Science. More specifically, the main areas of the Professor della Porta’s investigation are social movements, political violence, terrorism, corruption, the police and police protest, civil society, and democracy/democratization process, which she has been researching and studying comparatively, always considering to relate theoretical explorations to the empirical evidence.

Professor Della Porta will be awarded an honorary PhD at a congregation in Loutraki, in Corinth, on Friday 13th of December, 2019. Subsequently, as keynote speaker to PRIR’s 4rth Conference she will give a talk titled “A Momentous Approach to Social Movement Studies”, and chair a plenary session on social movements held in her honor.

Programme:

Friday, 13 December 2019

16: 30-17: 00 Conference Registration

17: 00-17: 15 Conference Opening, Short Greetings

17: 15-17: 45 Award to Professor Donatella della Porta of an Honorary Doctorate of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of the Peloponnese

  • Laudatio by Professor Sokratis Koniordos

17: 45-18: 30 Speech by Honorary Doctor Donatella della Porta on “A Momentous Approach to Social Movement Studies”

18: 30-18: 45 Break

18: 45-20: 15 Social Movement Special Session:

Chair: Professor Donatella della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore.

  • “The Political Sociology of Emotions: What Social Movements?” – Professor Nikos Demertzis, University of Athens and EKKE.
  • “Interest groups & social movement theories: What grounds for conversation?” Professor Mario Diani, University of Trento.
  • “What are the blames all about? Attribution issues by interest group in the Eurozone crisis”. – Professor Maria Kousi, University of Crete. In collaboration with Marina Papadaki (University of Crete), Franziska Scholl (Freie Universität Berlin), Dimitris Papanikolopoulos (University of the Aegean), Moritz Sommer (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • “Is fascism a ‘movement’? Conceptual blind spots and recommendations for a reconstruction” – Professor Seraphim Seferiadis, Panteion University.

The meeting will be held in English

 

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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.

Publications

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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.

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Populists in power and conspiracy theories

Andrea Pirro & Paul Taggart
Looking at three cases of populists in government – Orbán in Hungary, Trump in the United States, and Chávez in Venezuela – we examine the definition of conspiring elites (who), the circumstances under which conspiracy theories are propagated (when), and the ultimate purpose of conspiratorial framing (why).

Journal Article - 2022

The Three Faces of Populism in Power: Policy, Policies and Politics

Manuela Caiani & Paolo Graziano
The article explores the consequences of the increasing presence of both left- and right-wing populist parties in government, critically reflecting on the recent scholarship on the topic, underlining promising venues for future research and outlining a conceptual framework which constitutes the background of this special issue entitled ‘Populism in Power and its Consequences’.

Monograph - 2022

Resisting the Backlash: Street Protest in Italy

Donatella della Porta, Niccolò Bertuzzi, Daniela Chironi, Chiara Milan, Martín Portos & Lorenzo Zamponi
Drawing interview material, together with extensive data from the authors’ original social movement database, this book examines the development of social movements in resistance to perceived political "regression" and a growing right-wing backlash.

Journal Article - 2022

The mobilization for spatial justice in divided societies. Urban commons, trust reconstruction and socialist memory in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Chiara Milan
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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.

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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.

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

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Populism between voting and non-electoral participation

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Migrant Protest. Interactive Dynamics in Precarious Mobilizations

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