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.



Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.


Call for papers: "The Nation and the Radical Left - Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics"

The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.


Call for papers: “Class without consciousness” – The Politics of Fragmented Class Identities

The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 2019


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.

Journal Article - 2019

The Modern Prince and the Sociological Imagination

Riccardo Emilio Chesta, Michael Burawoy
Michael Burawoy in Conversation with Riccardo Emilio Chesta