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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

22/07/2019

Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

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Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.

21/06/2019

Call for papers: "The Nation and the Radical Left - Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics"

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The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.

18/06/2019

Call for papers: “Class without consciousness” – The Politics of Fragmented Class Identities

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The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 2019

Publications

Journal Article - 2019

Ballots and barricades enhanced: far‐right ‘movement parties’ and movement‐electoral interactions

Andrea Pirro
This contribution enhances our understanding of the contemporary far right by focusing on the neglected links between movements and elections within the broader context of contention.

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.