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Marco Deseriis

Research Fellow

Marco Deseriis is Marie Curie Fellow and Assistant Professor of Media and Screen Studies at Northeastern University. Titled “Can Direct Democracy Be Scaled? The Promise of Networked Democracy and the Affordances of Decision-Making Software,” his current research project examines the rise of Internet-based forms of participatory democracy in Europe. Based on an extensive set of semi-structured interviews with software developers and software users, Scalable Democracy analyzes the political values embedded in the affordances of a new generation of decision-making software and their use within parties such as Podemos, Five Star Movement, and the Pirate Parties. Dr. Deseriis’ research also explores cultural and political dimensions of Internet-based activism, the production of new forms of subjectivity in the network society, and genealogies of experimental forms of authorship. His book Improper Names: Collective Pseudonyms from the Luddites to Anonymous (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) brings together some of these threads by examining the contentious politics and the struggles for control of a shared alias from the early nineteenth century to the age of networks. Deseriis’ writings have appeared in the Journal of Communication InquiryTheory & EventRadical History Review, Critical Communication/Cultural StudiesCulture MachineSubjectivity, and are forthcoming in Theory, Culture & Society. Deseriis is also the co-author of Net.Art: L’arte della Connessione (Net.Art: The Art of Connecting) the first Italian book about Internet Art.

Research interests: Networked media, Internet democracy, technopolitics, hacktivism, and subjectivity

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14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

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

Manès Weisskircher
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.