The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Disassembling the hybridity of networked activism – Emiliano Treré, Cardiff University

A talk on the hybrid nature of networked activism

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In this talk, I chart and explore the hybrid nature of networked activism. More specifically, drawing on the findings of my recent monograph Hybrid Media Activism (Routledge, 2019), I illustrate five media hybridities of contemporary protest movements. I commence showing how activists operate traversing the physical and the digital, and reflect on the materiality, plasticity and spatiality of social movements’ practices. Then, I tackle the meshing of the human and the non-human dimensions, disentangling the mutual shaping of algorithms and social movements.Third, I shed light on how movements incessantly blend old and new media, including older digital technologies, such as online forums and emails, but also more traditional media, such as radios and televisions. Fourth, I focus on the interplay between the internal and external communication practices of activists, foregrounding the intricacies of contemporary collective action and the usefulness of an ecological gaze to grasp media complexity. Finally, I scrutinize the blending of the corporate and the alternative, arguing that it is now imperative to examine the consequences of the materiality of activism in the context of the increasing corporatisation of digital environments, and the resulting negotiations and tactics of activists in their everyday struggle against data capitalism.



A dialogue on labour, trade unions and conflicts

On the 22nd of March, from 4pm to 7pm, Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore) and Maurizio Landini (Secretary General of CGIL) will discuss about labour, trade unions and conflicts.


Call for Papers - Social Movements and Parties in a Fractured Media Landscape

The call for papers is now open for a two-day symposium held under the auspices of the journal ‘Information, Communication & Society’ (iCS) at the Centre on Social Movement Studies, 1-2 July 2019.


17 Fully funded 4-years PhD positions in Political Science and Sociology and in Transnational Governance, Scuola Normale Superiore

The grant is for 4 years. It is open to students of all nationalities. Coverage of research expenses (conferences, summer schools, research periods abroads) is provided.


Journal Article - 2019

Ballots and barricades enhanced: far‐right ‘movement parties’ and movement‐electoral interactions

Andrea Pirro
This contribution enhances our understanding of the contemporary far right by focusing on the neglected links between movements and elections within the broader context of contention.

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.