The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Jochen Kleres – “Emotions and Climate Activism”

On May 11th 2017, at 3 p.m., Jochen Kleres (Scuola Normale Superiore) will present a paper entitled “Emotions and Climate Activism”

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This presentation focuses on several aspects of the role of emotions in global climate activism. One aspect is how some of the emotional bases of climate activism are co-produced in movement-related spaces such as the UN climate summits (COP) and the Youth activist conferences (COY) that precede them. Site-specific feeling rules combine into emotional regimes that shape climate activism and variously emphasize e.g. rationality, a sense of emergency and boredom at COP, or transnational solidarity or love at COY. Focusing on the space and the organization of the events brings into relief how these emotional regimes are conveyed. Secondly, I will focus specifically on the role of fear, hope, and anger in climate activism in order to understand how activists balance different emotions in order to produce and sustain activism. Finally, differences between activists from the global North vs. South highlight how climate activism may or may not be aligned with postpolitical, consensus-oriented depoliticizing discourse.



"Standing up for Science" - a documentary by Dieter Rucht

A documentary by Dieter Rucht on the 2017 March for Science in Washington, D.C. - now available on YouTube.


COSMOS Talks Calendar - Second Semester 2018

Read here the full calendar of the COSMOS Talks Series


Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics

We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the 1st Summer School of the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy on ‘Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics’, sponsored by the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX), the European Council for Political Research (ECPR), and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).


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.