Temporalities of Collective Action

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Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Political Science and Sociology"

Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Transnational Governance"

Optional for the 4th and 5th year students of the MA Programme in "Political and Social Sciences"

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Ritual, eventful, exceptional: the conceptualisation and symbolic articulation of time is central in the development and in the study of collective action. Collective action cannot be analysed only at a certain moment in the present and is often understood as constituting sequences, such as in the concepts of “cycle of protest” and “wave of mobilisation”. Social movement studies have been referring for a long time to the fact that social actors engage with time in different ways, such as in the analyses of the ritualistic nature of the repertoire of contention, of the role of events and critical junctures, of latency and abeyance, of the narrative construction of spontaneity, and so on. Furthermore, analyses of the role of time in shaping collective action have been characterising fields like social history or works at the crossroads between history and social science for decades. Memory, rituality, millenarianism: the course aims at analysing these issues, addressing the temporalities of collective action from different points of view and drawing on different literature, providing both readings that draw on this multidisciplinary tradition and examples rooted in contemporary collective action.

Learning goals
By the end of the seminar, students will have developed a comprehensive critical understanding of the temporal dimension of collective action.

The course will have a seminar structure, with weekly discussions on selected readings and the direct relationship with theoretical and empirical research on the issues of temporalities and collective action. Every session will be introduced by the lecturer, followed by an open discussion of the readings. Attendees are required to read the material, present the readings in a critical perspective, and actively participate in the following discussion. References to the attendees’ own research projects are encouraged.

PhD students will be evaluated based on their active participation in class, and the instructor will determine whether they have passed or failed the course. PhD students who opt to write a term paper for this course should consult the instructor in advance and agree on a topic.
Master students will be evaluated based on their active participation in class (50%) and on a final paper of 2000-3000 words on one of the topics covered during the course (50%). The instructor is available for consultation on the topic of the paper and for advice on its structure and content. The final grade will be expressed on a 30-point scale. The paper can be written in English or Italian and must be delivered by June 30th, 2023.