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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

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara
Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian CasaPound.

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.