The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Board of Advisors



Helmut Anheier Hertie School of Governance
Lance Bennett University of Washington
Laszlo Bruszt European University Institute
Craig Calhoun London School of Economics
Nick Couldry London School of Economics
Christian Davenport University of Notre Dame
Mario Diani Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Klaus Eder Humboldt-Universität
Olivier Fillieule Université de Lausanne
William (Bill) Gamson Boston College
Marco Giugni Université de Genève
Jack Goldstone George Mason University
Jeff Goodwin New York University
Bela Greskovits Central European University
Bert Klandermans Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Hanspeter Kriesi European University Institute
James Jasper The City University of New York (CUNY)
Gary T. Marx MIT
Doug McAdam Stanford University
John McCarthy Pennsylvania State University
Abby Peterson Göteborgs Universitet
Alessandro Pizzorno European University Institute
Dieter Rucht Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)
Philippe Schmitter European University Institute
Martti Siisiäinen University of Jyväskylä
David Snow University of California, Irvine
Suzanne Staggenborg University of Pittsburgh
Sidney Tarrow Cornell University
Verta Taylor University of California, Santa Barbara
Michel Wieviorka École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales



"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.