Cosmos Events


DATE: 22 October 2014, 9 AM. Sala Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana.

Gender Fest. A Conference by GRaSe and COSMOS at the EUI

GRaSe and COSMOS have invited scholars who are (or have been) based at the EUI to exchange their views on the relevance of gender for their own research. The aim is indeed to consolidate the importance of gender in academia and build a broad platform for future discussions which includes EUI professors, fellows and researchers as well as the network of alumni and alumnae. The conference will open with a keynote lecture from Professor Donatella Della Porta. A second keynote lecture from Professor Ruth Rubio will take place at the afternoon session.


DATE: 28 October 2014, 3-5 PM. Seminar Room 4, Badia Fiesolana Villa Pagliaiuola.

Marxism(s) in Social Movements Working Group. "Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal"

Prof. Andrew Ross will analyze the chief components of the debt trap, and present arguments for the legitimate refusal of household debts that have been incurred to access vital social goods. We now live in a creditocracy–a society where almost everyone is deeply in debt that cannot ever be repaid, and where elected officials cannot check the power of the creditor class. Whether or not this represents a new stage of capitalism, it is an unsustainable condition, and requires a debtors movement to change it.


DATE: 29 October 2014, 1:30 PM. Seminar Room (first floor) Villa Pagliaiuola.

Cosmos Talks with Dr. Swen Hutter

Dr. Swen Hutter (EUI) will present his recently published book "Protesting Culture and Economics in Western Europe: New Cleavages in Left and Right Politics". The book attempts to link research on social movements with research on populist radical right parties by answering the question whether and how protest politics in Western Europe has changed due to the emergence of a new integration-demarcation cleavage.

Recent Publications


Spreading Protest: Social Movements in Times of Crisis

Donatella della Porta and Alice Mattoni

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Which elements do the Arab Spring, the Indignados and Occupy Wall Street have in common? How do they differ? What do they share with social movements of the past? This book discusses the recent wave of global mobilisations from an unusual angle, explaining what aspects of protests spread from one country to another, how this happened, and why diffusion occurred in certain contexts but not in others.

 

Methodological Practices in Social Movement Research

Donatella della Porta

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With the growing interest in social movement studies there has been also an increasing need for methodological guidance for empirical research. This volume addresses this need by introducing the main methods of data collection and data analysis.

Download the first chapter [+]

Book in the O.U.P. catalogue [+]

 

Mobilizing for Democracy. Comparing 1989 and 2011

Donatella della Porta

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While the pictures used to illustrate the most recent wave of protests for democracy in North Africa represent mass protest, research on social movements and democratization have rarely interacted. This volume aims to fill this gap by looking at episodes of democratization through the lens of social movement studies.

Download the first chapter [+]

Book in the O.U.P. catalogue [+]

 

Protesting Culture and Economics in Western Europe   

Swen Hutter

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In this far-reaching work, Swen Hutter demonstrates the usefulness of studying both electoral politics and protest politics to better understand the impacts of globalization. Hutter integrates research on cleavage politics and populist parties in Western Europe with research on social movements, showing how major new cleavages restructured protest politics over a thirty-year period, from the 1970s through the 1990s.

 

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Description
16-18 February 2015. Deadline for applications: 3 October 2014.
Date:
22/10/2014
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Description
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Date:
14/10/2014
Cosmos Talks

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Description
Organized by Lorenzo Bosi, Donatella Della Porta and Alice Mattoni
Date:
20/09/2014
EUI Social Movement Working Group Relaunched

EUI Social Movement Working Group Relaunched

Description
EUI Social Movement Working Group 2014/15. First session: 8th October 2014
Date:
20/09/2014

The Centre on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos) is part of the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute.

It focuses on social movements as part of broader contentious politics. It promotes theoretically-driven empirical analyses on forms, dimensions, causes and impacts of social movements, in established democracies as well as authoritarian regimes.

Particular attention is given to social movements as promoters of democratization processes.

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