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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Hans Jonas Gunzelmann

PhD candidate

I am a PhD candidate in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) in Florence, Italy. My research investigates how decision-making in social movement meetings and assemblies works. I am specifically interested in why movement democracy works in some groups, but does not in others. Beyond my dissertation project, I am interested in Democratic Theory, Political Economy, as well as Critical and Feminist approaches to Political Theory.

I hold both an M.A. and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Marburg. During the academic year 2014-15, I was a visiting graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a Hessen-Wisconsin scholarship. I also studied at the Complutense University Madrid during my undergraduate studies. While a master’s student at Marburg, I worked part-time for the Hamburg-based NGO Parliamentwatch and their website abgeordnetenwatch.de. Before entering academy, I was a conscientious objector, serving in Anse, France. My working languages are English, German, French, and Spanish

Research interests: Meeting Interaction, democratic theory, Critical Theory, and qualitative research methods

News

08/04/2018

Austeridad, capitalismo y conflicto social. Nuevas tendencias en el estudio de los movimientos sociales - An interview with Donatella della Porta

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An interview with Donatella della Porta realized by COES - Centro de Estudios de Conflicto y Cohesión Social

12/03/2018

"Standing up for Science" - a documentary by Dieter Rucht

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A documentary by Dieter Rucht on the 2017 March for Science in Washington, D.C. - now available on YouTube.

24/02/2018

COSMOS Talks Calendar - Second Semester 2018

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Read here the full calendar of the COSMOS Talks Series

Publications

Edited Volume - 2018

Solidarity Mobilizations in the ‘Refugee Crisis’. Contentious Moves

Donatella della Porta (ed.)
This edited volume ddresses a gap in research on social movements that has disregarded the origins of discontent and overlooks protest as a resource of the powerless; it offers insight into how the movement of refugees across the European Union and elsewhere activates political opportunities; it explores claims to citizenship made by refugees within processes of knowledge production and the mobilization of emotions

Monograph - 2018

I movimenti animalisti in Italia. Strategie, politiche e pratiche di attivismo.

Niccolò Bertuzzi
Il volume si focalizza su coloro che in Italia si occupano di benessere, cura, diritti e liberazione animale all'interno di contesti organizzativi. Grazie alla somministrazione di una survey, interviste agli attivisti e analisi dei frame, emergono una notevole varietà di strategie, pratiche e riferimenti valoriali, la contemporanea presenza di lobby e conflitto, e la natura complessa di un fenomeno al centro dell’attenzione mediatica ma ancora poco studiato in termini sociologici.