Media.UP Media.UP en-us Donatella della Porta - Social Movements and Citizenship Rights in the Great Recession Social movement studies have developed a useful kit of concepts and theories, well adapted to understand social movements in core capitalist countries in the peak of the growth of the welfare state. This is, however, insufficient for understanding global contentious politics in the year 2000s. In particular, assumptions about the role of political opportunities, resource mobilization and framing processes need to be updated when applied to different types of conflict, adding in particular a focus on the socio-economic conditions for protests. A dialogue between social movement studies and political economy is needed in order to help understand the ways in which the capitalist developments account for the specific forms social movements take but without forgetting the agentic strength of social movements as producers of social change. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:42:04 GMT Dieter Gosewinkel - Citizenship as Political membership: A Fundamental Strand of Twentieth and Twenty-First Century European History An individual’s affiliation to a politically constituted community is decisive for his or her opportunities in life and often vital to his or her survival. This contribution argues that the primary signifier of political membership in 20th century Europe is “citizenship.” The prominent importance attached to citizenship is what distinguishes the 20th century significantly from previous historical periods and other forms of political affiliation, namely, religious affiliation, political party affiliation, ethnic and nation-state affiliation, and, finally, social class. The dominant position of citizenship grew out of its politicization, resulting from the democratization of political regimens, the expansion of participatory rights and the development of social welfare rights. Even the present processes of transnationalization can bring on only gradual and non-essential changes to the preeminence of citizenship as a status of political membership. Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:57:06 GMT Dieter Rucht - Right-Populist Identity Construction and Concepts of the Enemy One core element of the right-populist identity construction is drawing a line between the own collectivity (ethnicity, nation-state, Occident, etc.) and "foreigners" who are perceived to be the root of various threats and evils. Against that backdrop, right populists claim to represent authentic will of "the people". However, they can hardly ignore the existence of domestic opponents or even "enemies" such as the ruling class, the elites, the "old parties", and the Left, the uncommitted, etc. To the extent that right-populist mark such boundaries, they risk to be perceived as a minority. In reaction to this, they are caught in a dilemma. Either they elevate themselves as a bold but small vanguard with the risk of becoming sectarian; or they weaken their identity construction to appeal to the broader populace with the risk of becoming more fragmented and eventually falling apart. Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:07:04 GMT John Torpey - The End of the World As We Know It? From Social Citizenship to the Gig Economy This lecture surveys contributions to social progress in the rich world from the pre-industrial period to the current age of techno-financial capitalism. I explore developments in demography, public health, longevity, and patterns of work with an eye toward understanding the distinctiveness of our contemporary situation. In particular, I argue that contributions to public infrastructure were crucial to advances in public well-being over the past 200 years and that those are now being undermined by a lack of investment that falls particularly hard on the least well-off. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:52:43 GMT Jürgen Mackert - The Ideology of the State-Economy Divide and the Fate of Citizenship The lecture starts by briefly reconsidering the roots of liberalism’s conceptual division between the state and the market. Next, it shows Marshall’s theorizing on citizenship as problematic because this divide served as his foundation and because he wrote within a different context. In a third step, I outline major transformations within the global political economy that contradict the validity of the distinction – one that until very recently has served neoliberals as a vehicle to argue for the ‘self-regulating market.’ Finally, I point to some of the serious consequences of the new global neo-liberal regime for citizenship rights. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:45:16 GMT Rosario Forlenza - Abendland and the Future of Europe The Abendland trope was influential in shaping the vision of Europe promoted in the 1950s by Christian Democratic politicians at the start of project of integration and in context of the Cold War. It is still visible in recent political developments. The governments of Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Poland, as well as right-wing political forces of many European countries, have invoked Europe’s incompatibility with non-Europeans, thus calling for the defense of symbolic-cultural-religious borders between inside and outside. This paper argues that the Abendland still slumbers behind the liberal facade of European self-understanding. It remains alive in discursive patterns, representations, political language, and in EU-policies — including those emerging policies towards refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries. In other words, the Abendland has survived Christian Democracy and the secularization process. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:40:18 GMT Hassan Jabareen - Lawyering and Legitimation This lecture holds that the two main theoretical perspectives on lawyering do not adequately account for the complexity of lawyering in conditions of ethnic/national conflict, or for how such conditions of conflict shape identities of belonging. While the judiciary may possess the victims’ trust and litigation may itself legitimize the public order, one cannot conclude as a consequence that the victims will also perceive the public order as legitimate, regardless of what lawyers do in court. Further, these two perspectives neglect the role of the international arena, which is dominant in such conflicts. This arena may also turn the subject of legitimation itself into a more complex question. I will suggest that legitimacy under ethnic/national conflicts is not a matter of causality: it neither depends on local legality or on the efficacy of cause-lawyers. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:31:49 GMT José Casanova - Religious and Secular Dynamics in Post-Soviet Societies The dismantling of aggressive secularist soviet-type regimes after the fall of the Berlin Wall allows a comparative analysis of divergent religious dynamics throughout the region and the testing of competing paradigms: The traditional European paradigm of secularization, the American paradigm of competitive religious markets, and the revisionist paradigm of global de-secularization. East Germany and Poland show practically no religious change after the transition: East Germany shows no evidence of religious growth, while Poland shows no evidence of significant religious decline. Ukraine and Russia show clear evidence of religious revival after communism, but with very different dynamics and in different directions. None of the competing general paradigms can account for these diverse post-communist religious dynamics. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:11:00 GMT Bryan S. Turner - The Modernization of Sex This lecture concerns the pluralization of courtship, family, marriage and reproduction in context with religious discourses regarding same sex marriages, as well as recent developments in biotechnology that effect life expectancy and thus romantic attachments and prolonged sexual activity in late life. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:51:56 GMT Citizenship and Religious Pluralism - A Contradiction in Terms? Opening speech at the Potsdam Centre for Citizenship, Social Pluralism and Religious Diversity by Prof. Bryan S. Turner Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:01:24 GMT Beyond the Veil Gihan Abaouzeid Human Rights and Gender in Arab Contexts Potsdam, 27.10.2015 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:54:24 GMT