22/02/2022 - 

Visiting lectures

4 April 2022, University College Dublin
Prof. Donatella Della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore
Changing paths of transnationalization in social movements

18 May 2022, Scuola Normale Superiore
Seminar by J. Pešić, University of Belgrade, J. Petrović, University of Belgrade, Aron Buzogany, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences BOKU of Vienna, at Scuola Normale Superiore
Marginal environmentalism: Local environmental activism and global trends in the European neighborhood

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19 May 2022, University of Trento
Prof. Jelisaveta Vukelić, University of Belgrade
Development of Environmental Activism in Contemporary Serbia and the Role of the EU

25 October 2022, University of Belgrade
Prof. Graham Finlay, University College Dublin
Strengthening workers' rights in the European Union: the minimum wage directive

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Pilot course

5 April-18 May 2022, Scuola Normale Superiore
Dr Chiara Milan (Scuola Normale Superiore)
Transnational political contention and global activism

This 20-hour pilot course is designed for MA and PhD students and aims to provide them with the analytical tools to understand transnational dynamics of past and present social movements, as well as other forms of contentious politics. It does so by addressing key concepts and theories that explain the process of transnationalisation and globalisation of contention, their development over time and their outcomes. Empirical cases discussed will include the Global Justice movement, transnational women and anti-gender movements, global activism in the field of climate justice and environmental protection, as well as transnational campaigns in the field of labour rights, migration and racial justice. The course will benefit from the participation of TraPoCo partners, who will present the findings of their research and engage in the discussion concerning their fields of expertise.

Schedule of the course

Session 1: Introduction: Transnational political contention and global activism

5/04/2022, h. 14-16

Required readings

D. della Porta and S. G. Tarrow (2005) Transnational Protest and Global Activism. People, Passions, and Power. Lanham (MD): Rowman & Littlefield, Chapter 1: “Transnational Processes and Social Activism: An Introduction”, pp. 1-20 and Chapter 9: “Social Movements beyond Borders: Understanding Two Eras of Transnational Activism”, pp. 203-226

Additional readings

M. Keck and K. Sikkink (1998) Activists beyond Borders. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, Chapter 1: “Transnational Advocacy Networks in International Politics: Introduction”, pp. 1-38

S. Tarrow (2010). Dynamics of Diffusion: Mechanisms, Institutions, and Scale Shift. In The Diffusion of Social Movements: Actors, Mechanisms, and Political Effects, edited by Rebecca Kolins Givan, Kenneth M. Roberts, and Sarah A. Soule, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 204–219.

Session 2: The transnational dimension of social movements. From the Global Justice Movement to #Occupy

13/04/2022, h. 14.30-17.30

Required readings

S. Soule and C. Roggeband (2019) Diffusion processes within and across movements. In The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Social Movements, second edition, David A. Snow, Sarah A. Soule, Hanspeter Kriesi and H.J. McCammon (eds) Malden, MA: Blackwell, pp. 236-251.

J. Smith (2001) 'Globalizing Resistance: The Battle of Seattle and the Future of Social Movements', Mobilization: An International Quarterly 6 (1): 1-19.

Additional readings

M. Pianta and R. Marchetti (2007) “The Global Justice Movements: The Transnational Dimension” in D. della Porta (ed.) The Global Justice Movement: A Cross-National and Transnational Perspective. Boulder, CO: Paradigm, pp. 29-51

J.E. Roos and L .Oikonomakis (2014) “They don’t represent us! The global resonance of the real democracy movement from the Indignados to Occupy” in D. della Porta and A. Mattoni (eds.) Spreading Protest: Social Movements in Times of Crisis Colchester:ECPR Press pp. 117- 135

Session 3: Political contention around migration: a multi-scale perspective

28/04/2022, h. 10-13

Required readings

M. Portos and J. Alcalde (2018) “Scale shift and transnationalization within refugees’ solidarity activism. From Calais to the European level” in della Porta (ed.), Solidarity Mobilizations in the “Refugee Crisis”: Contentious moves. Palgrave, pp. 243-269

L. Fischer, M. B. Joergensen (2021) “Scale-switching as a response to a shrinking space for solidarity. A comparison of Denmark’s Venligboerne and Germany’s Seebrucke” in D. della Porta and E. Steinhilper (eds.) Contentious Migrant Solidarity London: Routledge

Additional readings

C. Lahusen, M. Kousis, U. Zschache and A. Loukakis (2018) “European solidarity in times of crisis: Comparing transnational activism of civic organisations in Germany and Greece” Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Supplement 1/43: 173-197

E. Steinhilper (2018) ‘Mobilizing in Transnational Contentious Spaces: Linking Relations, Emotions and Space in Migrant Activism’. Social Movement Studies 17 (5): 574–91.

Session 4: Transnational feminist and anti-gender movements

29/04/2022, h.10-13 – guest lecture of prof. Zorica Širočić, Department of Sociology, University of Graz: “The transnational contentious politics of gender”

Required readings

Corredor, E. S. (2019). Unpacking “Gender Ideology” and the Global Right’s Antigender Countermovement. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 44(3), 613–638

Dean, J. 2010. Rethinking Contemporary Feminist Politics. Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. (Chapter 1, p. 9-35).

Additional readings:

Fillieule, O. and Broqua, C. 2020. Sexual and reproductive rights movements and counter movements from an interactionist perspective. Social Movement Studies, 19(1), 1–20.

Roggeband, C. 2018. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Making Sense of Opposition to Feminisms from a Social-Movement Perspective. In M. Verloo (Ed.), Varieties of Opposition to Gender Equality in Europe. Routledge.

Session 5: Global governance and transnational contention in labour politics

6/05/2022, h.10-13 Guest lecture of Dr Imre Szabo and Dr Darragh Golden, University College Dublin: "Transnational labour activism in public and private services. The cases of the European Citizens' Initiative Right to Water and the Pilots' Strike at Ryanair."

Required readings

Szabó, I., Golden, D. and Erne, R. (2021) ‘EU governance and transnational labour mobilization. Explaining the unequal success of the “Right2Water” and the “Fair Transport” European Citizens’ Initiative’.

Golden, D. and Erne, R. (forthcoming). 'Ryanair Pilots. Unlikely Pioneers of Transnational Collective Action'

Additional readings

Erne, R. (2008) European Unions: Labor’s Quest for a Transnational Democracy. Ithaca, N.Y: ILR Press/Cornell University Press. Chapter 2: Approaching Euro-Democracy and Its Alternatives pp11-28.

Gentile, A. and Tarrow S. (2009) “Charles Tilly, Globalization, and Labor’s Citizen Rights.” European Political Science Review 1(3): 465–93.

Silver, B. (2013) "Theorising the Working Class in Twenty-First-Century Capitalism" in Workers and Labour in a Globalised Capitalism: Contemporary Themes and Theoretical Issues (editor: Maurizio Atzeni) Palgrave Macmillan

Session 6: Racial justice struggles and the transnational mobilization around issues of race

11/05/2022, h.10-13

Required readings

A. Klotz (2002). “Transnational Activism and Global Transformations: The Anti-Apartheidand Abolitionist Experiences”. European Journal of International Relations, 8(1), 49-76.

Mundt, M., Ross K., Burnett M.C. (2018) “Scaling social movements through social media: the case of Black Lives Matter” Social Media + Society: 1-14.

Additional readings

Milman N., Folashade A., della Porta D., Doerr N., Kocyba P., Lavizzari A., Reiter H., Plucienniczack P.,Sommer M., Steinhilper E., Zajak S. 2021. Black Lives Matter in Europe: Transnational diffusion, local translation and resonance of anti-racist protest in Germany, Italy, Denmark and Poland compared. Research Note. Funding: German Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ).

C. Milan and B. Hall (forthcoming), “Belonging to or transcending the nation? Youth racial justice struggles in Italy and the United Kingdom”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Session 7: Transnational political contention in the field of environmental and climate justice

18/05/2022, h. 15.00-18.00

Cosmos talk:

Guest lecture of prof. Jelisaveta Petrovic and prof. Jelena Pesic, University of Belgrade

Guest lecture of prof. Aron Buzogany and Dr. Patrick Scherhaufer, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) of Vienna. Lecture: “Marginal environmentalism: Local environmental activism and global trends in the European neighborhood”

Required readings

P. Jehlička and K. Jacobsson (2021) “The importance of recognizing difference: Rethinking Central and East European environmentalism” Political Geography 87

B. Doherty and T. Doyle (2006) “Beyond Borders: Transnational Politics, Social Movements and Modern Environmentalisms” Environmental Politics 15 (5) pp.697-712

Additional readings

N. Wunsch (2018) EU Enlargement and Civil Society in the Western Balkans: From Mobilisation to Empowerment. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. (chapters: 5. Civil Society Mobilisation in Serbia (pp. 95-122); 6. Comparing Mobilisation Strategies and Outcomes (pp. 123-144)

J. Martinez-Alier (2014) “The environmentalism of the poor” Geoforum 54, pp. 239-241