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.




SNS announces 14 fully-funded PhD positions

The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, Italy is pleased to announce 14 PhD fellowships beginning on November 1, 2022.


Prof. della Porta to lead VolkswagenStiftung-funded ECSEuro project

Reflecting the European challenge of transnational cooperation and multiple crises, this project asks how local political initiatives across Europe enact citizenship and solidarity and contribute to the vision of a more democratic Europe from below.


SNS announces 7 fully-funded PhD positions

The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore announces 7 fully-funded PhD positions. Deadline for applications: 21 August 2021.


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.


Journal Article - 2022

Forging, bending, and breaking: Enacting the “illiberal playbook” in Hungary and Poland

Andrea Pirro & Ben Stanley
We first argue that illiberal changes are ideologically founded and identify how both populism and nativism figure in the policymaking of illiberals in power. We then show how these practices emerge from a common “illiberal playbook”—a paradigm of policy change comprising forms of forging, bending, and breaking—and elaborate on the notion that illiberal governments are using legalism to kill liberalism.

Journal Article - 2022

Populists in power and conspiracy theories

Andrea Pirro & Paul Taggart
Looking at three cases of populists in government – Orbán in Hungary, Trump in the United States, and Chávez in Venezuela – we examine the definition of conspiring elites (who), the circumstances under which conspiracy theories are propagated (when), and the ultimate purpose of conspiratorial framing (why).

Journal Article - 2022

The Three Faces of Populism in Power: Policy, Policies and Politics

Manuela Caiani & Paolo Graziano
The article explores the consequences of the increasing presence of both left- and right-wing populist parties in government, critically reflecting on the recent scholarship on the topic, underlining promising venues for future research and outlining a conceptual framework which constitutes the background of this special issue entitled ‘Populism in Power and its Consequences’.

Monograph - 2022

Resisting the Backlash: Street Protest in Italy

Donatella della Porta, Niccolò Bertuzzi, Daniela Chironi, Chiara Milan, Martín Portos & Lorenzo Zamponi
Drawing interview material, together with extensive data from the authors’ original social movement database, this book examines the development of social movements in resistance to perceived political "regression" and a growing right-wing backlash.

Journal Article - 2022

The mobilization for spatial justice in divided societies. Urban commons, trust reconstruction and socialist memory in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Chiara Milan
The article contributes to the urban studies literature and the study of social movements in divided societies by disclosing the distinctive features and mobilizing potential that the notion of urban commons retains in a war-torn society with a socialist legacy.

Edited Volume - 2021

Contentious Migrant Solidarity. Shrinking Spaces and Civil Society Contestation

Donatella della Porta & Elias Steinhilper
Building upon social movement and migration studies, this book maps the two sides of ‘contentious solidarity’: a shrinking civic space and its contestation by civil society.

Journal Article - 2021

Learning from Democratic Practices: New Perspectives in Institutional Design

Andrea Felicetti
Drawing from literature on democratic practices in social movements and democratic innovations, the article illustrates three ways to advance institutional design in the wake of the systemic turn.

Journal Article - 2021

Far-right protest mobilisation in Europe: Grievances, opportunities and resources

Pietro Castelli Gattinara, Caterina Froio & Andrea Pirro
In this article, we bridge previous research on the far right and social movements to advance hypotheses on the drivers of far-right protest mobilisation based on grievances, opportunities and resource mobilisation models. We use an original dataset combining novel data on 4,845 far-right protest events in 11 East and West European countries (2008–2018), with existing measures accounting for the (political, economic and cultural) context of mobilisation.

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.