Projects

Civil Society and the Global Civil Society  

The project grounds the question of global civil society in an interrogation of how national civil society actors negotiate transnational political space. This process of negotiation defines if, to what extent and how a semblance of a global civil society can be identified. The project specifically traces how a variety of civil society actors connect to propel shared visions of what the role of international law should be, and how it must be enacted to accommodate humanitarian values and concepts of human security and rights.
EcoLabSS – Ecovillages as Laboratories of Sustainability and Social Change  

‘Ecovillages as Laboratories of Sustainability and Social Change´ (EcoLabSS) is conceived as an international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary project aiming at producing a theoretically grounded and methodologically innovative study one grassroots initiative: the ecovillage movement.
Good and bad civil society.  

Civil society is a contested concept and a discursive struggle over what constitutes ‘good’ or ‘bad’ civil society is constantly taking place – and raises the question of whether it is that; which supports the state, or that which criticizes it? Through different cases from the 1970´ies of, the project investigate which types of CS activity respectively strengthen and weaken social capital and trust, and how a strengthening of CS paradoxically can result in a weakening of social capital and thus also social cohesion.
Civil society and organizational forms  

This project scrutinizes the organizational implications of project-based cross-sector social partnerships (CSSPs), i.e. partnerships that engage stakeholders from CSOs and businesses on an ongoing and project-oriented basis, and which are explicitly formed in order to address social issues, for instance in relation to poverty, economic development, education, health care, environmental issues etc.
Civil society and associative democracy  

Here the importance of civil society organisations and associations for democratic learning, democratic practice and democratic culture in the period from 1820 to 2014 is analyzed to discuss the possibility of a revitalisation of civil society’s democratic potential in Denmark.
Civil society and philanthropy  

This project examines how philanthropic concepts established different logic and constellations between the state, the market and civil society in the period from 1849 to 2014. It does so through an investigation of concepts from both the political and civil society spheres as an expression of networks in which diverse knowledge, objectives and results are bound together and influence the contemporary understanding of civil society.
Civil society and voluntarism  

This project will map out, using a historical case-based study as a starting point, the extent of voluntarism in Danish civil society and focus on its logic and practices, to investigate how the logic behind voluntarism and the participation of volunteers is constantly challenged.
Danish civil society from a comparative perspective  

The socio-historical and political-legal development of Danish civil society is compared with that of Norway and Sweden in order to determine the specific characteristics of Danish civil society.
    

News

09-10-2018
Call for papers to conference on movements and morality
 
 

The CISTAS group invites submission of abstracts and general registration for a two‐day conference on social movement and morality 28‐29th of May 2019.
04-09-2018
Another exciting summer for the CISTAS project!
 
 

Researchers from the CISTAS project have participated with papers on several conferences including ISA, LSA, CSSI, PROS, EGOS & SASA during the summer.
22-08-2018
Cistas project receives a Marie Skodlowska-Curie Post-Doctoral Fellowship September 2018.
 
 


01-08-2018
PhD scholarships in young people's self-organised networks and communities, democratic governance and social media.
 
 

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a three-year position as PhD scholarships in the CISTAS project at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy (MPP). Application deadline 1.10.18
07-05-2018
Civil Society Research at EGOs
 
 

Together with leading scholars in the field, CISTAS project places civil society research on the agenda at EGOs through a SWG