civic bonding and engagement on social media platforms (seminar at ULB)

Octobre 5th, 2011

Anastasia Kavada de l’Université de Westminster nous présentera ses travaux portant sur l’engagement civique des réseaux sociaux en ligne le 21 octobre à 14h au DC11.210.

Civic Bonding and Engagement on Social Media Platforms

The use of applications associated with the ‘participatory web’ has renewed hopes around the role of the internet in political participation. Social media platforms provide advocacy groups and social movements with new spaces where they can mobilize participation and build relationships with their members. This talk investigates the types of civic engagement and bonding fostered on these online spaces. The analysis is based on a conceptual framework by Flanagin, Bimber and Stohl (2006) which proposes that the supporters’ engagement in the collective can range from entrepreneurial to institutional, while the mode of interaction affects the type of ties created among participants. The empirical material derives from a study of the Facebook page and main Twitter feed of Amnesty International UK and 38 degrees. While Amnesty International UK is a traditional non-governmental organization, 38 degrees represents a hybrid form of mainly internet-based political organization that combines the flexible coordination practices associated with current activism with the more hierarchical characteristics of conventional organizations. The data stems from in-depth observation and features analysis, a content analysis of comments and tweets, as well as interviews with the web communities director of 38 degrees and the web editor of Amnesty International UK.

Biography: Anastasia Kavada is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Westminster. Her research investigates how social movements and advocacy groups use new communication technologies, from email lists to social media applications. Anastasia’s research interests refer to the relationship between online tools and decentralized organizing practices, democratic decision-making, and the development of solidarity and a sense of common identity among participants in collective action. Her work has appeared in a variety of edited books and academic journals, including Media, Culture & Society, the International Journal of E-Politics, and Information, Communication & Society.

workshop on social capital and political participation 5 november 2010

Brussels, 5 November 2010

Workshop “Social capital and political participation by migrants in European cities”

Organizers: GERME, Institut de Sociologie, ULB

Within the frame of the project “Ethnic social capital and its impact on generalised trust and political participation among ethnic minority groups” -Mandat d’Impulsion Scientifique-FRS-FNRS

Open to the public. Please notify katia.pilat (at) if you want to assist.


Invited participants

  • Ana Paula Beja Horta (Open University, Lisbon/Centre of Studies on Migration and Intercultural Relations)
  • Manlio Cinalli  (CEVIPOF Paris)
  • Mario Diani      (University of Trento and University Pompeu Fabra Barcelona)
  • Nina Eggert (Université de Genève)
  • Meindert Fennema (IMES, University of Amsterdam)
  • Marco Giugni (Université de Genève)
  • Laura Morales (University of Manchester)
  • Jean Tillie (IMES, University of Amsterdam)


Friday, November 5, 2010


9.15-9.30:        Chaired by Dirk Jacobs, ULB: Introduction of the meeting.

9.30-10.30:     Chaired by Laura Morales (University of Manchester) and Marco Giugni (Université de Genève): brief overview of the book: Morales, Laura and Marco Giugni (eds.) 2010 Social Capital, Political Participation and Migration in Europe. Making Multicultural Democracy Work?. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

10.30-11.00:    Coffee break.

11.00-12.00:    -Herman Barbara, ULB: Individual political participation of migrants in Brussels

-Thys Rebecca, ULB: Migrant organizations in Brussels

12.00-13.30:   Lunch break.


13.30-15.00:    -Mario Diani (University of Trento and University Pompeu Fabra Barcelona)  “The structure of migrants’ organizational networks”

-Nina Eggert, Marco Giugni, and Miruna Morariu (Université de Genève) “The impact of political opportunity structures on organizational characteristics and activities: A comparative analysis of immigrants’ organizations”

-Katia Pilati (ULB) and Nina Eggert (Université de Genève): “Networks and political activities of migrant organizations in 5 European cities”

15.00-15.30: Coffee break.

15.30-17.00:  – Ana Paula Beja Horta (Open University, Lisbon/Centre of Studies on Migration and Intercultural Relations)  “Civic Participation and Political Attitudes among Immigrant Women in Lisbon.”

-Laura Morales (University of Manchester), “Bridging or bonding? The nature of the social capital of Latin American Immigrants in Spain”

-Jean Tillie (IMES, University of Amsterdam): “Why some Amsterdam Muslims become radicals”



social networks workshop 12 January 2011

On Wednesday, January 12th 2011, we organize a meeting among Belgian researchers that apply network analysis methods in their research projects. The aim of this meeting is to create a platform for exchange and feedback on network based research.

 Interested to join and discuss your research?

 – if your research is situated in the social sciences (sociology, politics, economics, education sciences, psychology, communication sciences, history, anthropology, etc.)

– if you apply any kind of network related analysis method in your research projects (quantitative or qualitative)

– if you are willing to present and discuss your research (about 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes Q&A)

… please send us your contact details, and a short description of your research and the project you want to discuss.

All questions and submissions can be sent to (02/629 21 20)

The meeting will take place at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (pleinlaan 2, 1050; about 5 minute walk to from Etterbeek train station – also parking available) from 10.00am till 4.30pm .

Please forward this email to colleagues that might be interested.

With kind regards,

Hope to see you in January,

Rebecca Thys, ULB

Katrien Van Cleemput, UA

Bram Vanhoutte, KUL

Jurgen Willems, VUB

workshop “social capital and political participation of migrants” (5 november 2010)

We inform you that in the frame of the MIS project “Ethnic social capital and its impact on generalised trust and political participation among ethnic minority groups”, we are organizing a one-day workshop on 5 November 2010 (location: Brussels, ULB, Institut de Sociologie).  The day is meant to be an occasion to discuss on the political participation of migrants in European cities with several experts in the field and to present the forthcoming book “Morales, Laura and Marco Giugni (eds.) Social Capital, Political Participation and Migration in Europe. Making Multicultural Democracy Work? Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan”.
Invited people include the authors of the forthcoming book as well as Manlio Cinalli (CEVIPOF, Paris), Mario Diani (University of Trento and Pompeu Fabra Barcelona), Meindert Fennema (IMES, University of Amsterdam),
Jean Tillie (University of Amsterdam), Ana Paula Beja Horta (Portugal).
For organizational purposes, please let us know if you would like to participate by sending an e-mail to germe at confirming your participation.

Physics meets Sociology (social network analysis)

Physics meets Sociology (discussing social network analysis)


Type: Education – Lecture

Date: Friday, May 15, 2009

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Salle Van Buuren (Janson, ULB, campus Solbosch)

Description: Francisco Santos (PhD in Physics, post-doc at ULB) will try to explain his research work (simulations on social networks) to an audience of sociologists (in a non-formal language understandable to us). Santos published in topjournals like Nature and Physical Review Letters on his research on social networks.

Let us try some interdisciplinary debate! What can sociologists learn from physics? And what can physics learn from sociology?

Check out the publications of Francisco Santos:

Please let us know if you want to attend: irina.bussoli (at) or dirk.jacobs (at)

LOCALMULTIDEM conference Brussels 28-29 January 2009


Dear colleagues,
The LOCALMULTIDEM project (Multicultural democracy and immigrants’ social capital in Europe), funded by the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission is coming to an end, and we are organising a final conference to present the main results and findings of the project 28th and 29th January in Brussels.

This two-day conference aims at engaging in a constructive debate around the civic and political inclusion of migrant-background minorities into the public sphere of their places of settlement. For this purpose, the teams of the project LOCALMULTIDEM will present various aspects of the main findings of an ambitious comparative project carried out in eight European cities (Barcelona, Budapest, Geneva, London, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, and Zurich). The study focuses on the interplay between institutional, discursive, organisational, and socio-economic factors in fostering or hindering migrants’ civic and political inclusion. The first day is organised around a series of presentations of the main findings of the project that are primarily aimed at engaging in a fruitful discussion with stakeholders: policy-makers, civil society organisations, policy analysts, etc. Starting in the afternoon of Wednesday, the second set of sessions will be organised around the discussion with the academic community of a number of papers that are part of an edited volume that will result from the project. All interested members of the public are welcome to attend any of the sessions. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required through a registration form you will find here. And you will find the programme here.

We wish to acknowledge the collaboration of the DG Research of the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions, the Office of the Region of Murcia in Brussels, the CINEFOGO Network of Excellence, the Migration Policy Group, and of Prof. Dirk Jacobs (ULB) in the organisation of this conference.

All are welcome. For any enquiries about the conference or the logistics, please email Elisa Rodriguez ( 
Best regards and seasons greetings,
Laura Morales

Localmultidem workshop Manchester

The LOCALMULTIDEM project holds a workshop on monday 24 november 2008 in Manchester. A closing conference will be organised in Brussels (in collaboration with ULB) on 28 and 29 January 2009.


For the past three years, a team of scholars of various European universities have been carrying out a comparative study of the civic and political engagement of various migrant-origin gorups in several European cities: the LOCALMULTIDEM project (you will find more information on the project at The project is coming to its end and, with the support of the Research Fund of the School of Social Sciences of the University of Manchester and of the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission, we are organising a symposium at Manchester to present some initial results of the project. All those interested are very welcome to attend (the programme is enclosed below). Please note, that for planning purposes, we need you to confirm if you are going to attend through the booking form that you will find on this website: 

best wishes, 
Laura Morales 

LOCALMULTIDEM SYMPOSIUM Monday 24th November 2008 

Time: 3-6pm. 

Location: University Place, University of Manchester (room to be confirmed). 

_Presentation of the overall project_ 

3.00-3.20: ‘Presentation of the LOCALMULTIDEM project’, Laura Morales 
(University of Manchester). 

3.20-3.40: ‘Studying the Political Opportunity Structures of Migrants’ 
Participation: an illustration with the cases of Geneva and Lyon’, 
Manlio Cinalli (CEVIPOF-CNRS). 

3.40-3.50: Questions and Debate. 

_Presentation of city studies_ 

3.50-4.10: ‘Cosmopolitanism and the politics of belonging in North 
London’, Ranji Devadason (University of Bristol). 

4.10-4.20: Questions and Debate. 

4.20-4.30: Coffee / tea break 

4.30-4.50: ‘The Impact of Voting Rights is Migrants’ Civic and 
Political Engagement: a Comparison of Zurich, Geneva and Neuchâtel’, 
Marco Giugni (University of Geneva) 

4.50-5.00: ‘Civic and political participation by Filipino, Egyptian and 
Ecuadorian migrants in Milan, Katia Pilati (University of Trento) 

5.00-5.10: Questions and Debate. 

5.10-5.30: ‘The political participation and social capital of immigrants 
in Madrid and Barcelona’, Amparo González (CSIC and University Pompeu Fabra) 

5.30-5.50: ‘Patterns of networking among immigrant organisations’, 
Andras Kovats (MTAKI) 

5.50-6.10: Final Questions and Debate.