The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Julia Rone – “ ‘Don’t Worry: We are from the Internet’: Mobilizing against ACTA and TTIP in the Age of Austerity”

On April 6th, from 5 to 6 p.m., Julia Rone (European University Institute), will discuss her work entitled: “Don’t Worry: We are from the Internet”: Mobilizing against ACTA and TTIP in the Age of Austerity

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In my presentation I analyse how, far from being simply a tool for political mobilization, the Internet became a political cause in itself in the 2012 protests against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. I address three important questions related to movement diffusion and spill-over effects between different social movements. First, why did anti-ACTA protests spread in the North, East and West of Europe but not in the South (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece)? Second, what types of frames and protest repertoires spread in the campaign against ACTA? Did information spread from protesters at the national level to Brussels-based NGOs or the other way round? Did the protesters in each country go to the streets for their own specific reasons or was there a common European dialogue? Finally, I explore how the campaign against ACTA paved the way and opened opportunities for subsequent mobilizations against free trade agreements, more specifically against TTIP. I trace what types of frames and repertoires diffused between the anti-ACTA and the anti-TTIP campaigns and to what extent did organizational communities and coalitions overlap, considering the much broader scope of TTIP.  Ultimately, I argue that the mobilization against TTIP has shifted the focus from the techno-utopianism of the Arab Spring, Occupy, and anti-ACTA to a more sober emphasis on issues of sovereignty and self-determination as sources of positive political change.



"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.