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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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George Venizelos

PhD candidate

George Venizelos is a PhD candidate in Political Science and Sociology at Scuola Normale Superiore. His current research focuses on populism and particularly the relationship between populism and power.

He obtained his BA in Politics from the Department of Government at the University of Essex and his MA in International Studies from the Department of Politics and International Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His MA thesis, now a working paper, is titled ”Inherently Greek? A psychoanalytic perspective on Greek Cypriot identity”.

In 2016, George led a research project for the European Parliament investigating youth opinions on the EU in Cyprus. He has also worked as a freelancer for Reuters and published articles in Cypriot newspapers.

Research interests: populism, identity, discourse, psychoanalysis, and post-structuralism

News

22/07/2019

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

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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.

21/06/2019

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

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

18/06/2019

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

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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

Publications

Journal Article - 2019

Ballots and barricades enhanced: far‐right ‘movement parties’ and movement‐electoral interactions

Andrea Pirro
This contribution enhances our understanding of the contemporary far right by focusing on the neglected links between movements and elections within the broader context of contention.

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.