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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Collective Action and the Refugee Crisis

This part analyzes, through qualitative and quantitative data, the protest events related to the so-called refugee crisis that is taking place since 2015. From a comparative perspective, it aims at mapping the wide set of actions and initiatives that are being created in solidarity with refugees that made the journey to the European Union to seek asylum, traveling across the Mediterranean Sea or through Southeast Europe. We focus on these cases from the perspective of social movement studies and of the sociology of migration. The research includes related issues, such as the development of counter-hegemonic frames and social coalitions during critical junctures, the mobilizations in support of (or by, but also against) refugees, the interaction of these events with the economic crisis and the war-on-terrorism discourse, the knowledge produced by social movements, the emotional as well as cognitive dimensions of the campaigns, as well as their impact on party politics in the different countries and at the transnational level.

 

Researchers who are contributing to this part include:

  • Javier Alcalde, who is conducting research on France/UK, the European level and Spain
  • Massimiliano Andretta, who is conducting a protest-event analysis
  • Semih  Çelik, who is conducting research on Turkey
  • Jochen Kleres, who is conducting research on Sweden
  • Chiara Milan, who is conducting research on the ex Yugoslavian countries and Austria
  • Leonidas Oikonomakis, who is conducting research on Greece
  • Elena Pavan, who is conducting a protest-event analysis
  • Andrea Pirro, who is conducting research on Hungary
  • Martin Portos, who is conducting a protest event analysis
  • Lorenzo Zamponi, who is conducting research on Italy

News

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.

16/06/2018

Martin Portos wins the Juan J. Linz Prize to the Best thesis in Political Science 2017

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Martin Portos was just awarded with the Juan J. Linz Prize to the Best thesis in Political Science 2017 with his tesis “Voicing outrage, contending with austerity. Mobilization in Spain under the Great Recession”, realized under the supervision of prof. Donatella della Porta.

18/05/2018

Donatella della Porta at the Belleuve Forum in Berlin - May 23, 2018

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On May 23rd, 2018, the Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier talks with Donatella della Porta, Christoph Möllers and David Van Reybrouck about anti-politics, anti-establishment and the dangers of indifference to the political to address the 2018 topic of the Forum "Society without Politics - Testing Liberal Democracies".

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Comparing hybrid media systems in the digital age: A theoretical framework for analysis

Alice Mattoni and Diego Ceccobelli
The relationship between media and politics today is deeply entrenched in the wide use of information and communication technologies to the point that scholars speak about the emergence of hybrid media systems in which older and newer media logics combine. However, it is still unclear how the configuration of hybrid media systems changes across countries today, especially with regard to the interconnection between media and politics. The article develops a theoretical framework to capture such national differences.

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.