The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Between right-wing and left-wing mobilizations. Anti-government protests in Central and Eastern Europe.

On the 24th of May, from 2pm to 4pm, Laszlo Bruszt (European University Institute), Ondrej Cisar (Charles University, Prague) and Andrea Pirro (Scuola Normale Superiore) will join us for a COSMOS roundtable to discuss about the recent anti-government protests in Central and Eastern European countries.

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A COSMOS roundtable to discuss the current left-wing and right-wing grassroots politics in Central and Eastern European countries.

Recently protests against the government’s attempt to shut down Central European University hit the news in several countries across the world. However, in the past decades people living in Central and Eastern European countries mobilized on several issues – from environmental problems to civil right violations, from the refugees crisis to political corruption -, taking the streets in a wave of anti-government protests in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Romania just to name a few.

We invited Laszlo Bruszt (Scuola Normale Superiore)Ondrej Cisar (Charles University, Prague) and Andrea Pirro (Scuola Normale Superiore) to have a conversation with us about how people mobilized in these countries, both in the right-wing and the left-wing of the political spectrum, also taking into account their relationship with more institutional political actors and the potential legacy of such mobilizations in the European context.

The COSMOS roundtable will be chaired by Alice Mattoni (SNS) and will take place in Aula Filippo Strozzi (Palazzo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Firenze) from 2pm to 4pm on May the 24th.



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Edited Volume - 2018

Solidarity Mobilizations in the ‘Refugee Crisis’. Contentious Moves

Donatella della Porta (ed.)
This edited volume ddresses a gap in research on social movements that has disregarded the origins of discontent and overlooks protest as a resource of the powerless; it offers insight into how the movement of refugees across the European Union and elsewhere activates political opportunities; it explores claims to citizenship made by refugees within processes of knowledge production and the mobilization of emotions

Journal Article - 2017

Reshaping Citizenship through Collective Action: Performative and Prefigurative Practices in the 2013–2014 Cycle of Contention in Bosnia & Hercegovina

Chiara Milan
This essay analyses the strategic practices adopted by social movement actors during the 2013 and 2014 mobilisations in Bosnia & Hercegovina. By bridging critical citizenship studies with literature on social movements, it classifies them as belonging to the realm of activist citizenship, but also as having a performative and prefigurative dimension.