[07/07/2015 - Special events on SOCIAL MOVEMENTS honouring the work of Donatella DELLA PORTA]

posted May 5, 2015, 9:04 PM by Centre for International Cooperation and Development Studies ‎(FSPUB)‎   [ updated May 5, 2015, 9:46 PM ]
The Centre for International Cooperation and Development Studies (IDC) 
 has the pleasure to invite the interested public 

Thursday, 7 May 2015, 10:00 
Amfiteatrul Stoicescu 
(Rectorate of the University of Bucharest, 36-46 M. Kogalniceanu blvd) 

at the ceremony granting the title of 

Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Bucharest 


Prof. Donatella DELLA PORTA 
(European University Institute & Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy) 

On the occasion, professor DELLA PORTA will deliver a lecture on 

Democracies in the Great Recession 
A political crisis of responsibility 

showcasing some of her latest research and forthcoming publications. 

The event is followed by a 

Special SCOPE 2015 pre-conference workshop on SOCIAL MOVEMENTS 
to honour the work of Prof. Donatella DELLA PORTA 
(with brunch) 

Thursday, 7 May 2015, 12:00 
Sala 1989 
(8, Spiru Haret st, groundfloor) 

Honorary chair:
 Donatella DELLA PORTA 
Discussants: Luis DE SOUSA (University of Aveiro & Transparency International, Portugal; editor of ECPR journal European Political Science - Palgrave Macmillan), Luciana Alexandra GHICA (Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, Romania), Claudiu TUFIȘ (Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, Romania) 

Remitting Involvement in Social Movements: Are Sending Countries Changing Due to Mediated Exposure and Contagion? 
Bogdan VOICU (Institute for Research on the Quality of Life, Romanian Academy, Romania) 

Applying Social Movement Theories to Party Politics: The Rise of the Communist Party in Graz, Austria 
Manès WEISSKIRCHER (European University Institute, Italy) 

From Quiescence to Occupation: The Newly Born Student Movement in Macedonia 
Dimitar NIKOLOVSKI (Graduate School for Social Research, Institute for Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland) & Ljupcho PETKOVSKI (University of Cyril and Methodius Skopje, F.Y.R.O.M.) 

On the Cosmopolitan Dimension of Recent Global Protests 
Camil PÂRVU (Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, Romania)

Also contributing
James M. JASPER (City University of New York, USA)
Ionel N. SAVA (Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance, University of Bucharest, Romania)

About the workshop
Throughout the last century, people have protested for jobs, for better wages, for governments, against governments, for equality, against war, against cruelty to animals, or for equal rights. In the street or in other settings in which collective aims and collective identity claims could be expressed, people have acted to protect their own interests or those of others and, in doing so, some of them became better citizens and advanced their countries on the road to democracy. For scholars of such phenomena, the last two decades offer plenty of food for thought. Services that were not available ten years ago (such as Facebook and Twitter) have been, since then, incorporated in the tool kit of any movement, becoming an essential part of the mobilization process. In Europe, freedom of movement within the European Union has recently facilitated the contagion between the homeland population and the temporary migrant population, with national protests on the same issue being sometimes organized in multiple cities across the continent. And worldwide, street protests are increasingly visible on a global scale, often changing attitudes and the traditional recruitment paths. At the same time, beyond the sheer amount of work that the abundance of new study material can generate, recent social movements literature faces significant conceptual, theoretical and methodological challenges. Although most now agree that agency, structure, identity and method all matter, there is still no scientific consensus on how these combine or should be understood for a better grasp of social movements. 

This workshop aims to explore the most recent challenges that the study of social movements faces from different disciplinary and transdisciplinary viewpoints, to identify and examine the new phenomena and cases relevant for social movement research, and to investigate the potential of conceptual, theoretical and methodological innovation in the field, while honouring the work of Donatella DELLA PORTA, who is present on the occasion. 

A voice that has has pushed the boundaries of research on such topics further than any other scholar in her generation, Donatella DELLA PORTA is Director of the centre on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos) at the Scuola Normale Superiore (previously at the European University Institute, Italy). Her work on social movements, the policing of public order, participatory democracy and political corruption has contributed decisively to the development of contemporary political science and sociology, a fact internationally acknowledged for more than two decades, including through the prestigious Mattei Dogan Award for distinguished achievements in the field of political sociology granted by the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR, 2011). She is currently working on a major ERC project on civil society participation in democratization processes in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Among her very recent publications are: Mobilizing for democracy: Comparing 1989 and 2011 (Oxford University Press, 2014); (ed.) Methodological Practices in Social Movements Research (Oxford University Press, 2014); Participatory Democracy in Southern Europe (ed. with J.Font and Yves Sintomer; Rowman and Littlefield, 2014); Spreading Protest: From the Arab Spring to Occupy (ed. with A.Mattoni; ECPR Press, 2014); Can Democracy be Saved? (Polity Press, 2013); Clandestine Political Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2013); The Blackwell Encyclopedia on Political and Social Movements (with D. Snow, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam); Mobilizing on the Extreme Right (with M. Caiani and C. Wagemann; Oxford University Press, 2012); Meeting Democracy (ed. with D. Rucht; Cambridge University Press, 2012). She is also co-editor of the European Political Science Review (ECPR, Cambridge University Press), as well as founding editorial board member of Oxford Bibliographies On Line: Sociology (Oxford University Press).

Both events are public. Brunch is served to all workshop participants, including audience.

The DHC ceremony is organized by the Rectorate of the University of Bucharest and the Faculty of Political Science, with the support of the support of the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB). The workshop is organized jointly by the Centre for International Cooperation and Development Studies (IDC) and the Centre for Equal Opportunity Policies (CPES) - both of FSPUB, with the support of the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB). The events are also part of the annual Festival of Political Arts and Sciences - Polimateca, organized by the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Bucharest (FSPUB) to celebrate and promote political science as a discipline central for open societies.