The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Solidarity at Sea – The Politicization of Search and Rescue in the Mediterranean

Movimenti del Mondo – Series of debates and documentaries/movies

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The Department of Political and Social Sciences at Scuola Normale Superiore, located in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, invites scholars and observers to critically discuss social movements in all part of the world. In the tradition of Public Sociology, the series tries to reach beyond academia and discuss the dynamics of social movements with a broader

On May 16, we will screen the documentary ‘IUVENTA’ (DE, IT 2018). Director Michele Cinque followed a team of young activists during their search and rescue missions in the central Mediterranean. He intimately captures their motivations, doubts and the various kinds of opposition they encounter.

The screening will be followed by a debate with the director and Charles Heller from Forensic Oceanography at University of London, who has extensively worked on solidarity and its contestation at sea.





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.