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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

05/03/2019

Call for Papers - Social Movements and Parties in a Fractured Media Landscape

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The call for papers is now open for a two-day symposium held under the auspices of the journal ‘Information, Communication & Society’ (iCS) at the Centre on Social Movement Studies, 1-2 July 2019.

05/03/2019

A dialogue on labour, trade unions and conflicts

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On the 22nd of March, from 4pm to 7pm, Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore) and Maurizio Landini (Secretary General of CGIL) will discuss about labour, trade unions and conflicts.

21/02/2019

Applications now open! Third Edition of the Summer School on Methods for the Study of Political Participation and Mobilisation

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Applicants must send their application materials no later than March the 17th 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.