The Centre on Social Movement Studies


COSMOS Conferences

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

Date: 12/05/2017

Place: Institute of Human and Social Sciences Scuola Normale Superiore Conference hall “L’Altana” Firenze, Palazzo Strozzi

Category: COSMOS Conference


The conference provides the chance for an interdisciplinary debate between scholars coming from the fields of social movement studies and political philosophy, who have been analysing the issue of migration and the episodes of collective action related to it through different conceptual lenses.


Policing research: Surveillance, repression and the academia

Date: 04/11/2016

Place: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Palazzo Strozzi - Conference Hall "l'Altana"

Category: COSMOS Conference



The Charlie Hebdo Critical Juncture: European Public Spheres Before and After the Paris Attacks

Date: 20/10/2016 - 21/10/2016

Place: Palazzo Strozzi - Sala Altana

Category: COSMOS Conference


This conference aims at analysing the effects of the Charlie Hebdo attacks on the content and quality of public debates across Western European societies, paying special attention to dynamics of deliberation and polarization across public spheres, and to the interplay between mass media and social movements in the construction of public discourse.


Friends and Foes of Social Movements

Date: 06/10/2016 - 08/10/2016

Place: Institute of Humanites and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

Category: COSMOS Conference





New Publication Out - "Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis"

A timely publication to shed light on the link between social movements that formed as a consequence of the 2008 financial crash and the referendums' dynamic and results.


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.


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