The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Movimenti del Mondo

Movimenti del Mondo (Movements of the World) is a series of events promoted by the Scuola Normale Superiore and organized by Donatella della Porta (SNS) together with COSMOS research fellows and members.

Solidarity at Sea – The Politicization of Search and Rescue in the Mediterranean

Date: 16/05/2019

Place: 5:30pm - Altana, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze

Category: Movimenti del Mondo


Movimenti del Mondo – Series of debates and documentaries/movies


African youth on the move. The 2011 Senegalese uprising and other protest movements against ‘Presidents for Life’

Date: 06/06/2018

Place: Scuola Normale Superiore, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Conference Hall “l’Altana” - 3.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.

Category: Movimenti del Mondo


The Berlinale price-winning documentary film ‘The Revolution won’t be televised’ (2016) is a close-up of the massive youth uprisings that took place in Senegal in 2011 when a new grassroots movement emerged. Led by two rappers and a journalist, thousands took to the streets to state that they were “fed up” (Y’en a marre) with the ruling president Abdoulaye Wade


ICELAND IN MOVEMENT – From the streets to the crowdsourced constitution

Date: 29/11/2016

Place: Sala Altana, Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza degli Strozzi n.1, Firenze

Category: Movimenti del Mondo


The eight event of this series will focus on a decade of political turmoil in Iceland starting from the 2008 financial crisis, to the pots and pans revolution, the crowdsourced constitution of 2011, to the massive protests following the release of the Panama papers in 2016.


Bloody Sunday

Date: 13/10/2016

Place: Room Altana, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze

Category: Movimenti del Mondo



Work and University after Globalization

Date: 25/05/2016

Place: Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Scuola Normale Superiore, Conference Hall “l’Altana” - Palazzo Strozzi

Category: Movimenti del Mondo


The event will focus on work and university after globalization with a keynote speech by Guy Standing and a documentary on the Chilean student movement.


Paths of Sustainability, Ethical Consumption and Participation. Towards a New Model of Citizenship

Date: 09/03/2016

Place: Altana Conference Hall, Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Palazzo Strozzi

Category: Movimenti del Mondo


This event will focus on forms of political participation that are related to consumerism and production.


The Arab Uprising in a Global Context

Date: 02/12/2015

Place: Conference Hall l'Altana, Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Palazzo Strozzi

Category: Movimenti del Mondo


A debate and documentary screening to reflect on the Arab uprisings in their global context from an historical perspective


The struggle for same sex marriages in Italy and the US. Social Movements, Cultural Artifacts, and Public Opinion

Date: 17/09/2015

Place: Conference Hall l'Altana, Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Palazzo Strozzi

Category: Movimenti del Mondo


A debate and documentary screening on the struggles for same-sex marriages in Italy and the United States.


Fifteen Years of Water Struggles. Lesson Learned from Bolivia to Italy

Date: 11/06/2015 - 11/05/2016

Place: Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Scuola Normale Superiore, Conference Hall “l’Altana” - Palazzo Strozzi

Category: Movimenti del Mondo


This event focuses on the mobilizations that are opposing to water privatization in the world, and in particular on the emergence and on the characteristics of the Bolivian and Italian movements that are promoting the idea of water as a common.


Was that just the beginning? Talking about Gezi after two years

Date: 21/05/2015

Place: Altana Conference Room, Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

Category: Movimenti del Mondo


The documentary screening and debate focuses on the 2013 protests in Turkey. These protests, arisen following the decision of building a new mall in the Gezi Park in Istanbul, lately shifted to more generic political issues. In this way the event had a great resonance at the national level, permitting to the protest to spread to the rest of the country.




Four post-doctoral research positions on the pandemic

The Scuola Normale Superiore announces four post-doctoral positions to be activated as part of the research project “After the coronavirus pandemic: The effects of the health emergency on society and knowledge.” 


CFP Athens conference "Capitalism, Democracy, Contention: A Decade of Crisis" 13-15 May 2020

Aspiring to shed light on the Greek experience in the era of crisis in a comparative, inter-disciplinary perspective, the Laboratory on Contentious Politics (Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University, Athens), the Centre on Social Movement Studies (Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence) and the Hellenic Political Science Association are organizing an international conference to be held at Panteion University, on 13, 14 and 15 May 2020.


Prof. Donatella Della Porta to Be Awarded Honorary PhD

On Friday 13, 2019, the University of the Peloponnese (PSIR) will award an honorary doctorate to Professor Donatella Della Porta, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore.


Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.


Call for papers: "The Nation and the Radical Left - Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics"

The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.


Call for papers: “Class without consciousness” – The Politics of Fragmented Class Identities

The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 2019


Journal Article - 2021

Populism between voting and non-electoral participation

Andrea Pirro & Martín Portos
The article focuses on a neglected aspect of populist mobilisation, i.e. non-electoral participation (NEP), and elaborates on the extent to which populist party voters engage politically outside the polling station. While challenging common understandings of populism as inherently distrustful and apathetic, and protest as an exclusive practice of the left, the study critically places NEP at the heart of populism in general, and populist right politics in particular.

Monograph - 2021

Migrant Protest. Interactive Dynamics in Precarious Mobilizations

Elias Steinhilper
This book explores the interactions and spaces shaping the emergence, trajectory, and fragmentation of migrant protest in unfavorable contexts of marginalization.

Special Issue - 2020

The Cultural Side of Populism: Politics, Emotions, Music and Subcultures in Populist Times

Manuela Caiani & Enrico Padoan
This special issue aims to combine an analytical perspective with an empirical focus on current populism(s) in Europe and their cultural aspects.

Journal Article - 2020

On corruption and state capture: The struggle of anti-corruption activism in Hungary

Andrea Pirro & Donatella della Porta
The article draws on social movement theory to understand collective action against corruption in Hungary. While offering a perspective on anti-corruption activism, the article demonstrates its limits against a set of unfavourable factors.

Monograph - 2020

Discursive Turns and Critical Junctures: Debating Citizenship after the Charlie Hebdo Attacks

Donatella della Porta, Pietro Castelli Gattinara, Konstantinos Eleftheriadis & Andrea Felicetti
The book offers an in-depth analysis of the unfolding of the public debate in terms of content of claims making, framing, and justifications as well as the quality (deliberativeness) of the discourses by a variety of actors in the public sphere.

Journal Article - 2020

Rethinking the digital democratic affordance and its impact on political representation: Toward a new framework

Marco Deseriis
This article advances a new theory of the digital democratic affordance, a concept first introduced by Lincoln Dahlberg to devise a taxonomy of the democratic capacities of digital media applications.

Monograph - 2020

Anti-Neoliberal Populisms in Comparative Perspective. A Latinamericanisation of Southern Europe?

Enrico Padoan
In this book, Enrico Padoan proposes an original middle-range theory to explain the emergence and the internal organisation of anti-neoliberal populist parties in Latin America and Southern Europe, and the relationships between these parties and the organised working class.

Journal Article - 2019

Alliance building and eventful protests: comparing Spanish and Portuguese trajectories under the Great Recession

Martín Portos & Tiago Carvalho
Social movement research has shed light on the relationship between processes of alliance building and multiple factors related to political opportunities, framing, identities, networks and resource mobilization. However, less is known about the impact of eventful protests on coalition building dynamics.

Monograph - 2019

Social Mobilization beyond Ethnicity. Civic Activism and Grassroots Movements in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Chiara Milan
This book offers an in-depth investigation of the emergence and spread of social mobilizations that transcend ethnicity in societies violently divided along ethno-national lines. Using Bosnia Herzegovina as a case study, the book explores episodes of mobilization which have superseded ethno-nationalist cleavages.