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Research on digital protest has shown that some uses of digital technologies can dramatically lower organizing and participation costs. As a result, social movement protests and campaigns have been able to held with little to no involvement from traditional social movement organizations (SMO). This talk assess the developing debate around SMO involvement in several ways. First, the talk assesses the extent to which SMO-centric understandings of social movement influence depend on a specific model of power and the talk suggests that new models of power may have been opened up using digital technologies. Second, the talk assesses the literature on SMO involvement in the organization of protest, which includes assessing the day-to-day contributions of SMOs (including in terms of youth engagement and movement inclusivity) as well as the ecological impact of SMOs on movements. Third, the talk assesses evidence on shifts in the so-called “demand side” of protest, represented by preferences of potential and actual protest participants for SMO-organization. Finally, the talk identifies important horizons for future research on this topic.
Keywords: Digital Protest, Cyberpolitics, Social Movements, Youth Studies
Jennifer Earl (@ProfEarl) is a Professor of Sociology and Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. She is Director Emerita of the Center for Information Technology and Society and Director Emerita of the Technology and Society PhD Emphasis, both at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Her research focuses on social movements and the sociology of law, with research emphases on the Internet and social movements, social movement repression, and legal change. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for research from 2006-2011 on Web activism. She is also a member of the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics. She has published widely, including an MIT Press book entitled Digitally Enabled Social Change, which examines how the use of Internet affordances are reshaping the basic dynamics of protest online and was awarded an Honorable Mention for the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association’s Book Award in 2013. She was inducted in 2016 to the Sociological Research Association, an honorary association for sociological researchers.
EURYKA and UOC invite applications for the upcoming Summer School on “Youth Political Participation in Times of Inequalities” which will be held in Florence (Italy) in July 2018, from Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd.
We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the Summer School on Youth Political Participation in Times of Inequalities, sponsored by the Reinventing Democracy in Europe: Youth Doing Politics in Times of Increasing Inequalities project (EURYKA). The Summer School will take place in Florence, Italy, from the 17th to the 22th of July 2018 and will open to 20 graduate students as well as early career researchers throughout Europe and beyond with a specialized interest in youth participation and democracy, in different fields of study and methodological traditions, including political science, political sociology, political communication, political anthropology and sociology. It will address fundamental issues such as:
The Summer School will bring together young scholars and more established academics interested in these issues through an intensive curriculum of lectures with established scholars and workshops with young activists. From the 19th to the 22nd of July 2018, in parallel to the Summer School, European Alternatives will hold a Democracy Campus for activists. The campus will promote the emergence of transnational political and cultural forms of activism through workshops, masterclasses, seminars and performances. It will deal with issues ranging from precarity, to municipalism, to new media and artistic strategies, and will address questions of how activism can influence institutions and build democracy across borders. All the Democracy Campus events will be open to Summer School participants and there will be co-organized events.
The Summer School will include four keynote speeches. Confirmed keynote speakers are:
The Summer School will take place in Florence and will last 6 teaching days, from the 17th to the 22th of July 2018.
Applicants should email a cover letter (i.e. two pages) in which they explain how their research is in line with the topic covered by the Summer School, a 500-‐word abstract of a proposed academic paper, and a curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is the 18th of December 2017.
Applicants will be informed of the outcome by email no later than 30th of January 2018. Those offered places must confirm their participation within 10 days, after which places may be offered to applicants on the reserve list.
Participants to the Summer School will be required to write and submit a 7000-8000 word paper before the 1st of June 2018. The paper will be presented during the Summer School, providing a unique experience for discussion and feedback from established academics and young activists. English will be the working language and therefore students are expected to have a good command of written and spoken English.
Participants will be also required to complete the mandatory readings for morning lectures and to actively participate in discussion during morning and afternoon sessions.
There are no participation fees in the Summer School. Lunches, welcome drinks, a farewell dinner, academic materials, computing and internet facilities will be available for free for selected participants. Travel and accommodation costs are not included, however the EURYKA project can offer 2 travel and accommodation grants (€500 each) to selected participants. Please indicate in your submissions whether you would like to apply for these grants.
Scientific Committee: Lorenzo Bosi, Marco Giugni and Stefania Voli
Email contact for application, questions and clarifications about the Summer School: email@example.com
The Summer School is kindly supported by:
On 7 and 8 February, Scuola Normale Superiore de Florència (Italy) was the venue for the initial meeting for the three-year research project Reinventing Democracy in Europe: Youth Doing Politics in Times of Increasing Inequalities (EURYKA), which will be researching young people’s participation in politics and how inequalities affect their approach to it. One of the expectations of this project, funded by the European framework programme Horizon 2020, is to design future political models and systems that are more inclusive towards young people.
The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) will be coordinating the seventh work package in this project, which will research how politics occur online among young people and the impact that inequalities have when using social networks. There is currently a team of three researchers working at the UOC, Anna Clua – UOC coordinator – and Núria Ferran, professors from the Faculty of Information and Communication Sciences; and Ismael Peña-López, from the Faculty of Law and Political Science.
The project is led by the University of Geneva with nine participating institutions: the University of Sheffield (UK), the Scuola Normale Superiore (Italy), Uppsala University (Sweden), the University of Siegen (Germany), the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (France), the University of Crete (Greece), the University of Warsaw (Poland) and, as already mentioned, the UOC.