Programme Overview

Citizenship and the Politics of Contention

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This course is full and registration for summer 2024 is closed.

This Summer School aims to deepen students' knowledge about citizenship and the politics of contention and to strengthen their engagement with research questions and their capacity to deliver fully-fledged papers and presentations.

The course is structured around five more specific issues relating to the general topic of the Summer School and their implications for citizenship:

  • Contention in democracies vs autocracies
  • Individual vs collective forms of contention
  • Particularistic vs universalist contention
  • Online vs offline contention
  • Organized vs spontaneous contention

Each topic will be addressed on a different weekday. Teaching is based on lectures, assigned readings, group work, presentations, and discussions. Students will be assessed based on a written assignment and the related presentation.

Registration deadline: 31 March 2024. Applications will be processed in early April.

4EU+ Alliance offers full scholarships for accommodation, meals and transportations for students of the Alliance*. GSS has booked shared double rooms for all scholarship holders at Starling Hotel Residence Geneva.

Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to validate this course for credit at their home university before the summer school, as specified in our Terms & Conditions.

*Charles University in Prague, Heidelberg University, Paris-Panthéon-Assas University, Sorbonne University in Paris, the University of Copenhagen, the University of Milan, and the University of Warsaw

Administrative fee 4EU+ European University Alliance members*: CHF 100
Full scholarships for accommodation, meals and transportations for 4EU+ members only.

*Charles University in Prague, Heidelberg University, Paris-Panthéon-Assas University, Sorbonne University in Paris, the University of Copenhagen, the University of Geneva, the University of Milan, and the University of Warsaw

Tuition & administrative fees all others: CHF 250

Course directors:

Manlio Cinalli is Professor of Sociology at the University of Milan and Senior Fellow at CEVIPOF (CNRS - UMR 7048), Sciences Po Paris. Previously he delivered teaching and research in various leading universities and institutes across Europe and the US. He has published widely on citizenship, contentious politics, cultural cleavages and interactions across the public and policy spheres.

Marco Giugni is Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations and Director of the Institute of Citizenship Studies (InCite) at the University of Geneva. His research focuses on social movements and political participation. He is European Editor of Mobilization: An International Quarterly.

 

Teaching faculty:

Philip Balsiger is a political and economic sociologist. He studies different forms of activism in markets: ethical consumption, social movements targeting corporations, and social enterprises. He has done qualitative empirical research on objects as diverse as the fashion industry, animal welfare campaigns targeting egg producers, eco-consumption, and impact finance.

 

Jennifer Earl is Chair and Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. Her research focuses on social movements, information technologies, and the sociology of law, with research emphases on youth activism, Internet activism, social movement repression, and legal change. Her current projects include a co-authored monograph on historical shifts in protest policing best practices in the US, theoretical investigations of digital repression and the broader terrain of political repression, and an empirical investigation of youth participation in protest events in the US historically and today

Maria Grasso is Professor of Political Science and Political Sociology in the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London, UK. Her research focuses on political participation, social movements, political attitudes and behaviours, social change and intergenerational replacement. She is European Editor of Mobilization.

Timothy Peace is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. He received his PhD from the European University Institute where he studied under Donatella Della Porta. He is the author of European Social Movements and Muslim Activism and edited the volume Muslims and Political Participation in Britain. He researches and teaches on European Comparative Politics, Social Movements, Populism and Religion. He is currently working on a project that looks at the history of identity politics in Britain and France.

Katrin Uba is an Associate Professor at the Department of Government at Uppsala University in Sweden. Her research primarily focuses on the mobilisation of climate and labour movements, and she has a particular interest in the political impact of social movements, especially those related to the environment. Uba has constructed extensive protest event datasets for Sweden and Estonia, and she holds the position of coordinating editor for the journal, Social Movement Studies

 

 

 

 

Schedule & classes

 

May 27

 

8:30 – 9:00:         Welcome and introduction

                               Prof. Manlio Cinalli (University of Milan) and Prof. Marco Giugni (University of Geneva)

 

9:00 – 10.30:       Lecture on contention in democracies vs autocracies

                               Prof. Katrin Uba (Uppsala University)

 

10:30 – 11:00:     Coffee break

 

11:00 – 12:30:     Discussion

                               Students and local researchers

 

12:30 – 14:00:     Lunch break

 

14:00 – 15:30:     Keynote talk

                               Dr. Florent Frasson-Quenoz (Panthéon-Assas University, Paris)

 

15:30 – 16:00:     Coffee break

 

16:00 – 17:30:     Paper presentations

                               Students present their work in progress, followed by a discussion

 

 

May 28

 

9:00 – 10.30:       Lecture on individual vs collective forms of contention

                               Prof. Philp Balsiger (University of Neuchâtel)

 

10:30 – 11:00:     Coffee break

 

11:00 – 12:30:     Discussion

                               Students and local researchers

 

12:30 – 14:00:     Lunch break

 

14:00 – 15:30:     Paper presentations

                               Students present their work in progress, followed by a discussion

 

15:30 – 16:00:     Coffee break

 

16:00 – 17:30:     Paper presentations

                               Students present their work in progress, followed by a discussion

 

 

May 29

 

9:00 – 10.30:       Lecture on particularistic vs universalist contention

                               Dr Tim Peace (University of Glasgow)

 

10:30 – 11:00:     Coffee break

 

11:00 – 12:30:     Discussion

                               Students and local researchers

 

12:30 – 14:00:     Lunch break

 

14:00 – 15:30:     Paper presentations

                               Students present their work in progress, followed by a discussion

 

15:30 – 16:00:     Coffee break

 

16:00 – 17:30:     Paper presentations

                               Students present their work in progress, followed by a discussion

 

 

May 30

 

9:00 – 10.30:       Lecture on online vs offline contention

                               Prof. Jennifer Earl (University of Delaware)

 

10:30 – 11:00:     Coffee break

 

11:00 – 12:30:     Discussion

                               Students and local researchers

 

12:30 – 14:00:     Lunch break

 

14:00 – 15:30:     Paper presentations

                               Students present their work in progress, followed by a discussion

 

15:30 – 16:00:     Coffee break

 

16:00 – 17:30:     Paper presentations

                               Students present their work in progress, followed by a discussion

 

 

May 31

 

9:00 – 10.30:       Lecture on organized vs spontaneous contention 

                               Prof. Maria Grasso (Queen Mary University of London)

 

10:30 – 11:00:     Coffee break

 

11:00 – 12:30:     Discussion

                               Students and local researchers

 

12:30 – 14:00:     Lunch break

 

14:00 – 15:30:     Paper presentations

                               Students present their work in progress, followed by a discussion

 

15:30 – 16:00:     Coffee break

 

16:00 – 17:30:     Paper presentations

                               Students present their work in progress, followed by a discussion

 

17:30 – 18:00:     Sum up and farewell

                              Prof. Manlio Cinalli and Prof. Marco Giugni