The Centre on Social Movement Studies


COSMOS Roundtables

The COSMOS Roundtables bring in conversation two or three visiting scholars, from senior professors to junior PhD researchers. The COSMOS Roundtables are thought as an informal venue in which the speakers do not present their latest research, and focus instead on the exchange of ideas on current mobilizations across the world as well as on topical political moments of our times. Alice Mattoni organizes and chairs sessions of the COSMOS Roundtables.

Between right-wing and left-wing mobilizations. Anti-government protests in Central and Eastern Europe.

Date: 24/05/2017

Place: Aula Filippo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze

Category: COSMOS Roundtable


On the 24th of May, from 2pm to 4pm, Laszlo Bruszt (European University Institute), Ondrej Cisar (Charles University, Prague) and Andrea Pirro (Scuola Normale Superiore) will join us for a COSMOS roundtable to discuss about the recent anti-government protests in Central and Eastern European countries.


Rebellious politics in the United States. The rise of the grassroots opposition to the Trump administration

Date: 27/04/2017

Place: Aula Simone del Pollaiolo, Palazzo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Firenze

Category: COSMOS Roundtable


On the 27th of April, from 2pm to 4pm, James Jaspers (CUNY) and Kenneth Roberts (Cornell University) will join us for a COSMOS roundtable to discuss about the current grassroots opposition to the Trump administration in the United States. 




Donatella Della Porta con Yanis Varoufakis alla 13esima conferenza ESA

Wednesday, August 30th (8pm-9.30pm) professor della Porta, who directs the Center on Social Movement Studies(Cosmos), will dialogue with Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Minister of Finance during the first Tsipras government, about the future of Europe and the social consequences of neoliberal economies


Call for Papers - Cosmos Conference "The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Student Movements in Late Neoliberalism"

The Centre on Social Movement Studies, directed by Professor Donatella Della Porta, calls for papers addressing the recent global wave of student protests for a two-days conference to bel held in Florence, at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), on 15-16 November 2017.


Video available for the International Conference – Beyond Borders: Refugees and Struggles in Europe Mobilization, Solidarity and Political Challenges in the Long Summer of Migration

Watch the video of the International Conference – Beyond Borders, which was held at Palazzo Strozzi on May 12, 2017


Monograph - 2018

Social Movements and Civil War : When Protests for Democratization Fail

Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker , Bogumila Hall , Emin Poljarevic
This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements' struggles for democracy ends up in civil war.

Journal Article - 2017

Successful student activism in contemporary Italian universities

Lorenzo Cini
This article assesses the strategies that the Italian student activists adopted in order to influence the revision process of the governance structure of their universities in 2011