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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

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

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.

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara
Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian CasaPound.

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.