The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Mark R. Beissinger – “A Revolutionary World: The Growth and Urbanization of Global Mass Revolt”

On September 29th 2017, at 1 p.m., Mark R. Beissinger (Henry W. Putnam Professor of Politics, Princeton University) will discuss his research by presenting a paper entitled “A Revolutionary World: The Growth and Urbanization of Global Mass Revolt”

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Understood as mass uprisings against an established government aimed at displacing the incumbent regime and substantially altering the political or social order, revolutions are relatively rare moments of direct mass intervention in politics.  Using a new cross-national dataset of 345 revolutionary episodes from 1900 to 2014, I show that these unusual moments have grown more frequent over time, even as they have transformed from primarily rural-based revolts to predominantly urban ones.  This talk explores the causes and consequences of this transformation.



"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.