The Centre on Social Movement Studies


The 2017 “Mauro Rostagno Lectures in Contentious Politics”, Prof. Sidney Tarrow

From April 26th to May 5th, 2017, Prof. Sidney Tarrow will hold a series of seminars at the Deaprtment of Sociology and Social Research fo the University of Trento

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The 2017 “Mauro Rostagno Lectures in Contentious Politics”
Sidney Tarrow
Cornell University (USA)

Political Contexts of Social Movements
Wednesday 26 April, 14:00-16:00, Aula 3

Cycles of protest
Thursday 27 April, 11:00-13:00, Aula 9

Transnational Activism and “Global” Movements
Friday 28 April, 11:00-13:00, Aula 9

The New Digital Activism
Tuesday 2 May, 14:00-16:00, Aula 3

War, Peace and Contention
Wednesday 3 May, 14:00-16:00, Aula 3

Professor Sidney Tarrow, the 2017 Mauro Rostagno Lecturer, is one of the most prominent American political scientists. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Government and Visiting Professor in the Law School of Cornell University. His books include Democrazia e disordine (Laterza 1990), Power in Movement (Cambridge UP, 1994-2011), Dynamics of Contention (Cambridge UP 2001, with C Tilly and D McAdam), La politica del conflitto (Bruno Mondadori 2007, with C Tilly).

The “ Mauro Rostagno Lectures in Contentious Politics” are promoted by the Dipartimento di Sociologia e ricerca sociale to honor the memory of Mauro Rostagno, leader of the student movement who graduated in Sociology in Trento in 1970, killed by mafia in September 1988.


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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.