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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Linda Lund Pedersen

Research Fellow

Linda Lund Pedersen is a research associate at the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS). She is involved in the comparative research project on the public debates evolving around the Charlie Hebdo attacks, led by Prof. Donatella Della Porta. Simultaneously she is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Sociology and the Center for the Study of Human Rights at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her dissertation bears the preliminary title: Whose Rights, Whose Space? The Danish Alien Act and family migration: a case study of spatial segregation of the intimate sphere. The project is supervised by Prof. Chetan Bhatt (The Centre for Study of Human Rights & Sociology at LSE) and Prof. Charis Thompson (Sociology at LSE & Chancellor’s Professor and Chair at Gender and Women’s Studies at Berkeley, University of California). She holds a MA in Philosophy from the University of Copenhagen and has a strong commitment to transdisciplinary and transnational feminist research and teaching. Linda Lund Pedersen has been actively engaged in several European gender research networks, including ATHENA: Advanced Thematic Network in European Gender Studies (funded by the European Commission), ATgender, VEIL (Mapping and analyzing public debates on Muslim veils in Europe, funded by EU’s sixth framework programme) & Nordic research networks on post-colonialism and whiteness in the Nordic region.

Research interests: social and political theory, migration politics, transnational feminism, critical race studies, citizenship studies, and family reunification policy

News

08/06/2017

Call for Papers - Cosmos Conference "The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Student Movements in Late Neoliberalism"

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The Centre on Social Movement Studies, directed by Professor Donatella Della Porta, calls for papers addressing the recent global wave of student protests for a two-days conference to bel held in Florence, at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), on 15-16 November 2017.

19/05/2017

Video available for the International Conference – Beyond Borders: Refugees and Struggles in Europe Mobilization, Solidarity and Political Challenges in the Long Summer of Migration

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Watch the video of the International Conference – Beyond Borders, which was held at Palazzo Strozzi on May 12, 2017

19/05/2017

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

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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)

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

The Electoral Success of the Radical Left: Explaining the Least Likely Case of the Communist Party in Graz

Manès Weisskircher
Recently, scholars have shown a growing interest in radical left parties (RLPs). In terms of electoral success, the rise of the KPÖ Graz, the Communist Party in Austria’s second biggest city, represents perhaps the most counterintuitive case in Western Europe. This analysis shows how the party has managed to ‘own’ the issue of housing and to exploit local political opportunities in order to be electorally successful. The findings point to the importance of agency and the subnational level for RLPs, and highlight more general questions in the study of this party family.

Journal Article - 2017

Non-deliberative politics in deliberative democracy: distinct approaches for different actors

Andrea Felicetti
In this paper Andrea Felicetti first illustrates the main ideas of the systemic turn, explores the distinction between ‘deliberative’ and ‘non-deliberative’ politics and investigates the main arguments justifying non-deliberative politics. Then, he builds upon these arguments to shed new light on the relationship between deliberative and non-deliberative politics. He identifies three distinctive actors in deliberative systems (political institutions, empowered agents, and public space actors). Finally, he argues that deliberative democrats should adopt three different approaches (intensive, moderate, and free) in order to assess whether the use of non-deliberative politics by each of these actors is legitimate.