The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Paths of Sustainability, Ethical Consumption and Participation. Towards a New Model of Citizenship

This event will focus on forms of political participation that are related to consumerism and production.

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This event will focus on forms of political participation that are related to consumerism and production. From boycotting to ‘buycotting’, from new forms of rurality to zero kilometer producer-consumer networks, these new forms of political engagement are spreading on a massive scale and represent new ways through which every day economic practices are being questioned and challenged by a growing number of ‘critical’ citizens, families, local communities and entrepreneurs.

On March 9th, the docu-movie ‘The True Cost’ (2015) will tell us a story about the clothes we wear, the people who make them and the human and environmental impact of the ‘fast clothing’ industry.

Start at 3:30PMwith a roundtable, movie screening 5:00PM – 16:30PM




Guest speakers:

– Prof. Francesca Forno, University of Bergamo
– Rachele Lapponi (Associazione Campi Aperti, Bologna)
– Filippo Mannucci (Clean Clothes Campaign, Florence)
– Daniele Amorati (Fattoria Mondeggi Bene Comune, Bagno a Ripoli)

Chair: Lara Monticelli (Scuola Normale Superiore).


flyer and programme of the event



"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.