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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Director

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Donatella della Porta
Director

Research Fellows

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Federico Alagna
Research Fellow
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Francesco Bagnardi
Research Fellow
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Carlotta Caciagli
Research Fellow
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Riccardo Emilio Chesta
Research Fellow
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Daniela Chironi
Research Fellow
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Jacopo Custodi
Research Fellow
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Eleonora Desiata
Research Fellow
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Andrea Felicetti
Research Fellow
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Federica Frazzetta
Research Fellow
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Hans Jonas Gunzelmann
Research Fellow
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Ofra Klein
Research Fellow
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Anna Lavizzari
Research Fellow
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Måns Robert Lundstedt
Research Fellow
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Chiara Milan
Research Fellow
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Enrico Padoan
Research Fellow
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Andrea L. P. Pirro
Research Fellow
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Herbert Reiter
Research Fellow
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Salvatore Sberna
Research Fellow
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Giuliana Sorci
Research Fellow
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Giorgos Venizelos
Research Fellow
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Linus Westheuser
Research Fellow
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Lorenzo Zamponi
Research Fellow

PhD Candidates

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Angela Adami
PhD candidate
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Irina Aguiari
PhD candidate
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Natasha Debora Aidoo
PhD candidate
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Pietro Autorino
PhD candidate
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Costanza Azzuppardi
PhD candidate
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Anastasia Barone
PhD candidate
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Jamievee Bautista
PhD candidate
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Gabriele Beretta
PhD candidate
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Jonas Bergan Draege
PhD candidate
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Giada Bonu
PhD candidate
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Rosa Burc
PhD candidate
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Silvia Carenzi
PhD candidate
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Florian Carl
PhD candidate
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Stella Christou
PhD candidate
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Rui Coelho
PhD candidate
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Giorgia Concetti
PhD candidate
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Giuseppe Cugnata
PhD candidate
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Sarah ElMasry
PhD candidate
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Batuhan Eren
PhD candidate
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Alice Ferro
PhD candidate
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Maria Chiara Franceschelli
PhD candidate
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Felix Fritsch
PhD candidate
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Silvia Frosina
PhD candidate
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Gemma Gasseau
PhD candidate
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Francesco Gatti
PhD candidate
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Delina Goxho
PhD candidate
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Hande Dönmez Gülenoğlu
PhD candidate
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Mihály Gyimesi
PhD candidate
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Walter Haeusl
PhD candidate
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Joana Lilli Hofstetter
PhD candidate
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Lucie Janotová
PhD candidate
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Damla Keşkekci
PhD candidate
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Karlo Kralj
PhD candidate
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Lydia Letsch
PhD candidate
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Alessandra Lo Piccolo
PhD candidate
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Lorenzo Lodi
PhD candidate
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Ahmed Samy Loft
PhD candidate
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Katarína Lukáčová
PhD candidate
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Carla Mannino
PhD candidate
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Juan Masullo J.
PhD candidate
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Laura Mendoza Sandoval
PhD candidate
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Daniela Musina
PhD candidate
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Deniz Nihan Aktan
PhD candidate
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Nicolò Pennucci
PhD candidate
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Giuseppe Platania
PhD candidate
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Fiorenzo Polito
PhD candidate
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Dorothea Pozzato
PhD candidate
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Tobias Reinhardt
PhD candidate
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Greta Rossi
PhD candidate
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Valerii Saenko
PhD candidate
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Federica Stagni
PhD candidate
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Maria Nicola Stragapede
PhD candidate
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Ivan Tranfić
PhD candidate
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Lorenzo Velotti
PhD candidate
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Sophia Wathne
PhD candidate
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Parthena Xanthopolou-Dimitriadou
PhD candidate

Members

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Javier Alcalde
Member
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Massimiliano Andretta
Member
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Kivanc Atak
Member
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Phillip Ayoub
Member
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Philip Balsiger
Member
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Raffaele Bazurli
Member
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Lars Erik Berntzen
Member
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Niccolò Bertuzzi
Member
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Lorenzo Bosi
Member
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Manuela Caiani
Member
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Loris Caruso
Member
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Tiago Carvalho
Member
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Pietro Castelli Gattinara di Zubiena
Member
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Diego Ceccobelli
Member
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Matteo Cernison
Member
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Luisa Chiodi
Member
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Lorenzo Cini
Member
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Ayça Çubukçu
Member
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Elena del Giorgio
Member
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Chares Demetrious
Member
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Marco Deseriis
Member
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Nicole Doerr
Member
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Davis Donagh
Member
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Teije Hidde Donker
Member
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Julia Eckert
Member
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Konstantinos Eleftehriadis
Member
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Tiago Fernandes
Member
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Mayo Fuster Morell
Member
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Cesar Guzman-Concha
Member
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Leila Hadj-Abdou
Member
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Bogumila Hall
Member
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Robert Hemker
Member
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Helge Hiram Jensen
Member
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Swen Hutter
Member
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Xabier Itçaina
Member
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Hara Kouki
Member
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Joldon Kutmanaliev
Member
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Hugo Joel Leal
Member
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Marion Lecoquierre
Member
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Lasse Lindekilde
Member
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Linda Lund Pedersen
Member
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Arianna Mainardi
Member
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Haris Malamidis
Member
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Stefan Malthaner
Member
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Raffaele Marchetti
Member
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Alice Mattoni
Member
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Georgia Mavrodi
Member
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Aidan McGarry
Member
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Mariana Mendes
Member
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Stefania Milan
Member
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Pierre Monforte
Member
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Lorenzo Mosca
Member
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Francis O' Connor
Member
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Leonidas Oikonomakis
Member
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Didem Oral
Member
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Cinzia Padovani
Member
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Louisa Parks
Member
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Elena Pavan
Member
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Timothy Peace
Member
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Grzegorz Piotrowski
Member
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Sonia Pires
Member
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Emin Poljarevic
Member
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Martín Portos García
Member
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Mario Quaranta
Member
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Daniela R. Piccio
Member
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Daniel Ritter
Member
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Anja Röcke
Member
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Eduardo Romanos
Member
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Julia Rone
Member
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Federico M. Rossi
Member
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Galina Selivanova
Member
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Davide Serafino
Member
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Ivan Stefanovski
Member
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Elias Steinhilper
Member
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Anna Subirats Ribas
Member
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Julien Talpin
Member
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Mate Nikola Tokic
Member
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Emiliano Treré
Member
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Sanjin Uležić
Member
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Aberto Vannucci
Member
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Markos Vogiatzoglou
Member
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Stefania Voli
Member
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Jana Warkotsch
Member
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Manès Weisskircher
Member
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Oleg Zhuravlev
Member

Visiting Scholars

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Prisicilla Álamos-Concha
Visiting Scholar
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Viviana Asara
Visiting Scholar
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Romain Bonnet
Visiting Scholar
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Priska Daphi
Visiting Scholar
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Gary T. Marx
Visiting Scholar
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Cédric Masse
Visiting Scholar
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Claudius Wagemann
Visiting Scholar
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Tuomas Yla-Anttila
Visiting Scholar

News

10/01/2022

SNS announces 14 fully-funded PhD positions

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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.

16/07/2021

Prof. della Porta to lead VolkswagenStiftung-funded ECSEuro project

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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.

09/07/2021

SNS announces 7 fully-funded PhD positions

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

28/09/2020

Four post-doctoral research positions on the pandemic

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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.” 

26/02/2020

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

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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.

12/12/2019

Prof. Donatella Della Porta to Be Awarded Honorary PhD

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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.

Publications

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).

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.

Journal Article - 2022

Casting a new light on the democratic spectator

Andrea Felicetti
Scholarship in relation to democratic theory tends to see spectatorship as a state in which citizens are politically uninterested, isolated, and passive. In this article, the author shows that positive spectatorship occurs when citizens show an interest in one or more political problems and, together with others, strive to understand them better.

Journal Article - 2022

Far right: The significance of an umbrella concept

Andrea Pirro
This contribution makes the case for a shift in boundaries between the (populist) radical right and the extreme right, arguing for the systematic use of the term ‘far right’.

Journal Article - 2022

Performing (during) the Coronavirus crisis: The Italian populist radical right between national opposition and subnational government

Andrea Pirro
The first year of COVID-19 confirmed the standing of the populist radical right in Italy. While sitting in opposition at the national level, Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy and Matteo Salvini's League shared common criticism of the Conte II government but experienced diverging trajectories in terms of popularity. These changes can be partly attributed to the different agency of their leaderships. Overall and collectively considered, the Italian populist radical right broke even during the first year of COVID-19, but the crisis exposed the first cracks in Salvini's leadership.

Monograph - 2022

Contentious Politics in Emergency Critical Junctures

Donatella della Porta
Based on existing research on the first phases of the pandemic Covid-19, this Element addresses the ways in with the health emergency had an impact on the repertoire of action, the organizational networks and the collective framing of progressive social movements that adapted to the pandemic conditions and the related crises, but also tried to transform them.

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.