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2017-04-14

The Great Regression – An International Debate (edited by Heinrich Geiselberger)

Arjun Appadurai, Zygmunt Bauman, Donatella della Porta, Nancy Fraser, Eva Illouz, Ivan Krastev, Bruno Latour, Paul Mason, Pankaj Mishra, Robert Misik, Oliver Nachtwey, César Rendueles, Wolfgang Streeck, David Van Reybrouck, Slavoj Zizek.

The Great Regression collects contributions from fifteen international authors, taking a closer look at the root causes behind these developments, locating them in their respective historical contexts, and discussing strategies for fighting back.

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The world seems out of joint. Current socio-political conjuncture has brought forth a series of alarming developments thought impossible in our modern age only several years prior: the spectacular rise of nationalist and anti-liberal parties like the Front National and the Alternative für Deutschland, a degradation and vulgarisation of public discourse by the likes of demagogues like Donald Trump, widespread mistrust of the mainstream press, and growing audiences for xenophobic and racist sentiments. Politicians are callously denounced as »traitors to the Fatherland« and Muslim citizens placed under general suspicion, while conspiracy theories of the crudest variety spread like wildfire on the Internet. The speed at which our societies seem to be falling behind once entrenched social standards is frightening. Has the world gone off the rails?

The Great Regression collects contributions from fifteen international authors, taking a closer look at the root causes behind these developments, locating them in their respective historical contexts, and discussing strategies for fighting back. In clear and unambiguous opposition to the »Nationalist International«, this volume responds to our current state of global turbulence by building on the power and potential of a transnational public sphere, appears in 14 languages.

Volume editor Heinrich Geiselberger on the project’s background and goals:

Table of Contents

Preface
Heinrich Geiselberger
1. Democracy Fatigue
Arjun Appadurai
2. Symptoms in Search of an Object and a Name
Zygmunt Bauman
3. Progressive and Regressive Politics in Late Neoliberalism
Donatella della Porta
4. Progressive Neoliberalism versus Reactionary Populism: A Hobson s Choice
Nancy Fraser
5. Populism or the Crisis of Liberal Elites: The Case of Israel
Eva Illouz
6. Majoritarian Futures
Ivan Krastev
7. Europe as refuge
Bruno Latour
8. Overcoming the Fear of Freedom
Paul Mason
9. Politics in the Age of Resentment. The Dark Legacy of the Enlightenment
Pankaj Mishra
10. The Courage to be Audacious
Robert Misik
11. Decivilisation. On regressive tendencies in Western democracies
Oliver Nachtwey
12. From Global Regression to Post-Capitalist Counter-Movements
César Rendueles
13. The Return of the Repressed as the Beginning of the End of Neoliberal Capitalism
Wolfgang Streeck
14. Dear President Juncker
David Van Reybrouck
15. The Populist Temptation
Slavoj Zizek

News

22/01/2018

Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics

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We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the 1st Summer School of the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy on ‘Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics’, sponsored by the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX), the European Council for Political Research (ECPR), and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).

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.

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

Reshaping Citizenship through Collective Action: Performative and Prefigurative Practices in the 2013–2014 Cycle of Contention in Bosnia & Hercegovina

Chiara Milan
This essay analyses the strategic practices adopted by social movement actors during the 2013 and 2014 mobilisations in Bosnia & Hercegovina. By bridging critical citizenship studies with literature on social movements, it classifies them as belonging to the realm of activist citizenship, but also as having a performative and prefigurative dimension.

Journal Article - 2017

Voting for Movement Parties in Southern Europe: The Role of Protest and Digital Information

Lorenzo Mosca and Mario Quaranta
Despite growing interest in movement parties, there has been scant attention to the role of citizens adopting unconventional forms of action and using digital media in accounting for their electoral performance. To fill this gap, four original internet-based post-electoral surveys are employed showing that protesters and digital media users are more likely to vote for these parties, despite important country differences.