Transnational Political Contention and European Integration

Conference 21-22 september 2022

Conference on Transnational Political Contention and European Integration in Vienna, organized by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences

About the Transnational Political Contention in Europe (TraPoCo) project

Transnational Political Contention in Europe (TraPoCo) is a three-year project (2020-2023) set up within the “Jean Monnet Network” action of the Erasmus Plus programme that aims to promote awareness, innovate the teaching activity, and encourage dialogue between academe and civil society on the studies relating to European integration.

The Scuola Normale – with the academic co-ordination of Donatella Della Porta – is the leader of the TraPoCo project, an international network of universities, think tanks and associations bringing together scholars from different disciplinary areas –from sociology to law and European studies– and from various countries – Italy, Spain, Belgium, Ireland, Austria and Serbia – aiming to examine in-depth the role of such social actors as movements, non-government organisations, activists and trade unions in the detailed study of the area of rights and democracy in Europe.

In addition to the Normale, the partners of the project are the following: Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa - Trento; Univerzitet u Beogradu (Institute of Sociology and Social Research); University College Dublin (School of Politics and International Relations and UCD College of Business); Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (Institute of Forest, Environmental, and Natural Resources Policy); The Good Lobby - Bilbao/Brussels; University of Trento (associated partner).

September 21, 2022

Location: Gregor-Mendel-Haus, Festsaal, Floor 3

16.30-17.00 Arrivals & Registration

17.00-18.30 Panel 1: Visions of Europe

Chair: Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa)

Adam Fagan (Kings College London) & Stijn van Kessel (Queen Mary London) - Defending the status quo: the dilemmas of pro-European activism in Germany and the UK

Alvaro Oleart (University of Maastricht)/Manès Weisskircher (University of Oslo) - How (not) to impact EU politics from below? The gains and losses of DiEM25

Luisa Chiodi (BalcaniCaucaso, Trento) -Horizontal and vertical transnationalism: the Italian civil society and the challenges of contention in the EU space

Aron Buzogány/Patrick Scherhaufer (BOKU Vienna) - The New Climate Movement and the EU

18.30-19.00 Coffee and Tea Break

19.00–20.00 KEYNOTE

Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa)

Paths of transnationalization in social movements

Followed by drinks reception and dinner for conference participants (place to be announced)

September 22, 2022

Location: Gregor-Mendel-Haus, Hörsaal IV, MENH-02/08

09.00-10.30 Panel 2: Civil society and the authoritarian challenge in Europe

Chair: Dorit Geva (CEU)

Manuela Caiani (Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa)/Manès Weisskircher (Oslo University) - Anti-Nationalist Europeans and Pro-European Nativists on the Streets: Visions of Europe from the Left to the Far Right (and transnational practices)

Attila Antal (ELTE Budapest) - The Extraordinary Measures of Authoritarian Populism and the “European State of Exception” controlled by the Civil Society

Damla Keşkekci (SNS Pisa) - How Transnational or Transnational How? Far-Right Mobilization in Western Europe (2017 - 2021)

Kavyanjali Kaushik (University Carlos III Madrid) - Digital Networks of Nationalism: Understanding Radical-right Party and Movement Success in Europe

Máté Szabó (ELTE Budapest) - Under Pressure grows the Palm? Civic engagement and civil society deformed under the pressure of the Orbán-regime in Hungary (2010-2022)

10.30-11.00 Coffee and Tea Break

11.00-12.30 Panel 3: Transnational labour struggles

Chair: tba

Imre G. Szabó (University College Dublin/CEU) - Unlikely actors for transnational mobilization? The politicization of public services by trade unions across Europe

Franziska Laudenbach, Philipp Gies, Marcus Franke (University of Bremen) - The renaissance of sectoral social dialogues. Did the Covid-19 pandemic serve as an amplifier of transnational workers solidarity at the level of sectoral social dialogues?

Roland Erne (University College Dublin) & Joerg Nowak (Universidade de Brasilia) - What factors are driving the increasing number of transnational labour protests in Europe (1997-2019)?

Darragh Golden & Roland Erne (University College Dublin) - Ryanair pilots. Unlikely pioneers of transnational collective action

12.30-13.30 Lunch Break

13.30-15.00 Panel 4: Narrating Europe from the margins

Chair: Daniela Apaydin (IDM Vienna)

Jelisaveta Vukelić & Jelena Pešić (University of Belgrade) - Transnationalisation vs. Green Nationalism: Discursive Framing of Recent Environmental Struggles in Serbia

Nikos Papakostas (Inter alia NGO) - EU Funding Frameworks and the Role of Civil Society as an Agent of Social Transformation

Nicolas Moll (Independent researcher) "Europe dies or is reborn in Sarajevo" - The international protest and solidarity mobilisations during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the attempts to build 'another Europe'

Laura Luciani (Ghent University) Re-politicising Human Rights - ‘Promotion’: EU Interventions and Civil Society Agency in the South Caucasus

15.00-15.30 Coffee and Tea Break

15.30-17.00 Panel 5: Migration and transnational solidarity

Chair: Luisa Chiodi (BalcaniCaucaso Trento)

Chiara Milan (SNS Pisa) /Chiara Martini (University of Ca’ Foscari Venice) - Why to engage in solidarity movements? The meaning of engagement and the new imaginaries of solidarity activists

Sinem Bal (Independent researcher) - Eroded transnational women solidarity? Migrant women stuck in between the EU - Turkey

Francesca Fortarezza (SNS Pisa) -Contesting EU policies at the borders: transnational solidarity across the Balkan Route

Federico Alagna (SNS Pisa) - Migration activism and 'municipal militancy' in the EU: A multi-scale perspective

17.00-17.15 Coffee and Tea Break

17.15-17.45 Conclusion/Final Discussion

Donatella della Porta

Chiara Milan

Aron Buzogány


Registration to the event is free but places might be limited. To attend, please register through our registration system .


Universität für Bodenkultur (BOKU) - Wien


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Event organised in the framework of the project TraPoCo. Transnational Political Contention in Europe co-financed by the ErasmusPlus, Jean Monnet Action of the European Union.