The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Feminism(s) today from a grassroots perspective

On the 22nd of November, from 2pm to 4pm, Anna Lavizzari, Arianna Mainardi, Elena Pavan, Stefania Voli, and Zorica Sirocic will join us for a COSMOS roundtable to discuss about feminism(s) today from a grassroots perspective.

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COSMOS roundtable to discuss on feminism(s) today from a grassroots perspective.

The 25th of November is the international day for the elimination of violence against women – a yearly event that hosts many initiatives all over the world, from marches in the streets to social media actions, and functions as a climax of the widespread daily efforts pursued globally to achieve gender equality and equal rights for all genders. At COSMOS we decided to organize a roundtable to speak about feminism(s) today and their stance on gender-based violence as well as their mobilizations on other women’s issue. We hence invited Anna LavizzariArianna Mainardi, Elena Pavan  and Stefania Voli  – all based at the Scuola Normale Superiore and Research Fellows at COSMOS –  and Zorica Sirocic (University of Graz) to have a conversation on the boundaries and intersections of feminism(s) today from a grassroots perspective.

The COSMOS roundtable will be chaired by Alice Mattoni (SNS) and will take place in Aula Simone del Pollaiolo (Palazzo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Firenze) from 2pm to 4pm on November the 22nd.



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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.