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[07/05/2015 - SCOPE 2015] Special pre-conference workshop on SOCIAL MOVEMENTS to honour the work of Prof. Donatella DELLA PORTA (DHC University of Bucharest)

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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) 


Presentations 
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)


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. 


Eveniment organizat de Centrul pentru Studii de Dezvoltare și Cooperare Internațională (IDC) și Centrul pentru Politicile Egalității de Șanse (CPES), cu sprijinul Institutului de Cercetări al Universității din București (ICUB) / Event organized jointly by the Centre for International Cooperation and Development Studies (IDC) and the Centre for Equal Opportunity Policies (CPES), with the support of the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB). 

The event is 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.

Coordonare eveniment / Event coordination: Prof.univ.dr. Ionela BĂLUȚĂ, Conf.univ.dr. Luciana Alexandra GHICA, Lect.univ.dr. Claudiu TUFIȘ