The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Perspectives and Practices on Participatory Action Research in Social Movements

An open session based on the World Cafè discussion methodology to share different experiences and understandings of Participatory Action Research in social movements settings.

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Participatory Action Research is an increasingly common family of methods applied to study grassroots political participation in different settings, including social movements.

The open session addresses this topic through the World Cafè methodology,that creates a hospitable place for meaningful conversations to happen and that encourages everyone’s contribution allowing to connect diverse perspectives and share collective insights.  During the session, participants will hence experiment a different way to develop a participated, lively and shared discussion around some compelling questions raised by experimenting with Participatory Action Research.

Attending the World Cafè session is free for everyone curious about Participatory Action Research and related methods: no previous experience is required to participate.

The open session will take place on April the 12th from 2:30pm to 6:00pm. It includes a coffee break. Registration is compulsory for logistic reasons: to register please send an email to cosmos [at] sns [dot] it by the 8th of April at latest.



Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.


Call for papers: "The Nation and the Radical Left - Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics"

The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.


Call for papers: “Class without consciousness” – The Politics of Fragmented Class Identities

The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 2019


Journal Article - 2019

Ballots and barricades enhanced: far‐right ‘movement parties’ and movement‐electoral interactions

Andrea Pirro
This contribution enhances our understanding of the contemporary far right by focusing on the neglected links between movements and elections within the broader context of contention.

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.