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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Nicole Doerr

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Nicole Doerris currently Assistant Professor of International Relations at Mount Holyoke College. After having completed her dissertation with Donatella della Porta at the EUI, she did research at the University of California Irvine, at Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, where she was a Marie Curie Fellow, and at Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin. In her book project Democracy in Translation Doerr explores how global justice activists, local community organizers, unionists, and immigrant rights’ groups work together across boundaries of language, race, class, and gender. In most political theories, indeed, linguistic difference and cultural boundaries are treated as obstacles to democracy. Doerr shows to the contrary how linguistic difference and misunderstandings become a starting point for a democratic politics of translation that fosters more inclusive and effective decision making and strengthens survival of heterogeneous groups. Based on an empirical comparison of multilingual and monolingual deliberation in the United States, in South Africa, and across Europe, Doerr’s work accounts for the impact of political translation, and identifies the conditions of its success or failure in transnational, national and local arenas. Doerr’s work has been published in Mobilization (2008), Globalizations (2011), Feminist Review (2007), Social Movement Studies (2009), Journal of International Women’s Studies (2007), European Foreign Affairs Review (2007), Partecipazione e Conflitto (2010), Berliner Debatte Initial (2005), and European Political Science Review (2012). Doerr is co-chairing the European Sociological Association Research Network on Social Movements.

Research interest  :? Democratic Theory, Movements, Political Translation, Culture, Discourse, Visual Analysis

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News

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.

16/06/2018

Martin Portos wins the Juan J. Linz Prize to the Best thesis in Political Science 2017

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Martin Portos was just awarded with the Juan J. Linz Prize to the Best thesis in Political Science 2017 with his tesis “Voicing outrage, contending with austerity. Mobilization in Spain under the Great Recession”, realized under the supervision of prof. Donatella della Porta.

18/05/2018

Donatella della Porta at the Belleuve Forum in Berlin - May 23, 2018

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On May 23rd, 2018, the Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier talks with Donatella della Porta, Christoph Möllers and David Van Reybrouck about anti-politics, anti-establishment and the dangers of indifference to the political to address the 2018 topic of the Forum "Society without Politics - Testing Liberal Democracies".

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Comparing hybrid media systems in the digital age: A theoretical framework for analysis

Alice Mattoni and Diego Ceccobelli
The relationship between media and politics today is deeply entrenched in the wide use of information and communication technologies to the point that scholars speak about the emergence of hybrid media systems in which older and newer media logics combine. However, it is still unclear how the configuration of hybrid media systems changes across countries today, especially with regard to the interconnection between media and politics. The article develops a theoretical framework to capture such national differences.

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.