In this chapter, I focus on the 2010 researchers’ movement in Italy and on its main collective actor, the Rete29Aprile (April29Network), which had a decisive role in the protest campaign against the Gelmini Bill, a neoliberal and private-oriented university reform, together with the students’ movement and precarious researchers. The movement of permanent researchers represented undoubtedly a novelty for the Italian academia, because they preferred to mobilize according to the “unconventional movement politics” model than that of “conventional union politics.” In fact, most protesting researchers opted for setting up an informal, networked participatory organization based on direct and participatory democracy, and chose mainly unconventional tactics, which were sometime disruptive, like the “unavailability for teaching” and “climbing on roofs.” Despite the approval of the Gelmini law and the consequent demobilization, the researchers’ protest left its mark and the R29A continues to play a monitoring and control role in the Italian academy.
|Titolo:||From the Classrooms to the Roofs: the 2010 University Researchers’ Movement in Italy|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2021|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||2.1 Contributo in volume (Capitolo o Saggio)|