The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Territory in rebellion: Remnants of rebel governance in a republican community

A presentation on the temporal continuity of rebel governance regimes in select republican communities in contemporary Northern Ireland.

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Sanjin Uležić from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, will present a work that analyses the temporal continuity of rebel governance regimes in select republican communities in contemporary Northern Ireland. These are framed as embedded conflict-emergent informal governance institutions which did not undergo an institutional decay during the post-conflict period, and have instead persisted due to a combination of legitimacy- and function-based stabilizational mechanisms, as well as actor-driven processes based both on a mandated, needs-based dynamic as well as conflict entrepreneurship. Of crucial nature is the interactive aspect between these processes. The work proposes a differentiation between political and functional delegitimations of statutory entities which are based on this interaction, and which contribute to the temporal stability of the arrangements under study.

The COSMOS Share meeting will take place on Tuesday 24th of May from 2:00PM to 3:00PM at Palazzo Strozzi.



"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.