The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Francesca Scrinzi – Caring for the nation: narratives and practices of populist radical right men and women

On December 7th, at 11 a.m., Francesca Scrinzi (University of Glasgow) will discuss her research by presenting a paper entitled: “Caring for the nation: narratives and practices of populist radical right men and women”.

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Based on a documentary data and interviews collected during a two-year project (ERC Starting Grant, 2012-2014), this paper considers gender-specific narratives and motives for affiliation of female and male members of the National front party (France) and of the Lega Nord party (Italy), exploring the impact of intersecting relations of gender, class and age on political engagement; and analyses the gendered repertoires used by the informants to make sense of activism. The paper also examines how gender is both reproduced and challenged through political engagement both within the party and in the activists’ lives, and how this is shaped by class, age and the life-cycle.



Call for Paper: Conference “1968-2018, fifty years after: Where is the social movements field going?”

Taking the 1968 anniversary as a stimulating moment for reflection, this conference seeks to provide space for looking at the implications of that period on social movement research as well as addressing a number of key questions in current social movement research.


Martin Portos Garcia wins the ISA's Seventh Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists

The International Sociological Association has just announced the list of the winners of the Seventh Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists engaged in social research, amongst which Martin Portos Garcia - post-doc fellow at COSMOS


Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Youth Political Participation in Times of Inequalities

We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the Summer School on Youth Political Participation in Times of Inequalities, sponsored by the Reinventing Democracy in Europe: Youth Doing Politics in Times of Increasing Inequalities project (EURYKA) and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).


Journal Article - 2017

Repertoires of knowledge practices: Social movements in times of crisis

Donatella della Porta and Elena Pavan
Starting from the assumption that knowledge becomes all the more important for movements in times of crisis, as old structures are challenged and new ones envisaged and proved feasible, the purpose of this paper is to suggest ways to expand the toolkit of social movement studies in order to empirically address knowledge practices as a meaningful part of contemporary progressive activism.

Journal Article - 2017

’Solidarietà sconvenienti’. Reti online di estrema destra contro e per la riforma dell’Europa

Elena Pavan and Manuela Caiani
By focusing on the websites of extreme right organizations in six European countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) and by making a combined use of digital research tools and social network analysis, we explore how extreme right organizations make a strategic use of ICTs to connect in the online space and the arguments they move forward to criticize and reform current projects of European integration. Our results suggest that ICTs sustain the construction of inconvenient solidarities in heterogeneous ways, supporting different modes of online conversations amongst extreme right websites which, in turn, affect their capacity to propose shared critiques and proposals to reform the European Union.