The Department of Politics and International Relations and the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster is happy to present the
Public lecture by Prof. Donatella della Porta:
DEMOCRATIC PRACTICES IN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
4 May, 6 p.m,, room UG04 309 Regent St, London W1B 2UW.
Please, register via the link below and circulate this invitation widely!
In this public lecture, leading scholar Professor Donatella della Porta explores democratic practices in social movements. Her extensive empirical and theoretical work investigates how social movements’ struggles for more democracy are paralleled by internal efforts to self-organise in democratic ways. By establishing deliberative and participatory practices inside social movement organizations, they challenge common conceptions of representative democracy. These processes of democratic internal decision-making and consensus-finding create new participatory spaces at the grass roots. Donatella della Porta’s work examines movements ranging from the Eastern European processes of democratization in 1989, the Global Justice movement, to the Arab Spring, the Indignados, and Occupy.
Professor Donatella della Porta is Director of the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, Italy.