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Cosmos

The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Giada Bonu

PhD candidate

Giada is a PhD candidate in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore and member of the Center of Social Movement Studies (COSMOS). She is actually working on a comparative research focused on the development of LGBTQI and feminist movements in urban areas through the production of safe spaces as spaces of contention. She is specifically interested in how these spaces are imagined, produced and preserved, which boundaries crossed them, which relationship exists between the space and the city and more generally in developing the analytical framework of sexual democracy and intimate citizenship.

She’s attained her B.A. in Political Science and her M.A. in Sociology at the University of Padua and then a Master in Political and Gender Studies in the University of Roma Tre. She has been engaged in several networks and journals on feminist and gender studies and critical theory, such as DWF – Donna Woman Femme and Archivio Luciano Ferrari Bravo. She’s also published papers on the divided memories of social movements in the seventies and contemporary homonationalism and homonormativity debate in Italy.

Research interests: LGBTQI and feminist movements, safe spaces, heteronormativity of public space, Contentious politics, and sexual democracy and citizenship

News

19/12/2017

10 Fully funded 4-years PhD positions in Political Science and Sociology, for the AA. 2018/2019, Scuola Normale Superiore

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The grant is for 4 years. it is open to students of all nationalities. Coverage of research expenses (conferences, summer schools, research periods abroads) is provided.

13/12/2017

Call for Paper: Conference “1968-2018, fifty years after: Where is the social movements field going?”

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Taking the 1968 anniversary as a stimulating moment for reflection, this conference seeks to provide space for looking at the implications of that period on social movement research as well as addressing a number of key questions in current social movement research.

04/12/2017

Martin Portos Garcia wins the ISA's Seventh Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists

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The International Sociological Association has just announced the list of the winners of the Seventh Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists engaged in social research, amongst which Martin Portos Garcia - post-doc fellow at COSMOS

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

Repertoires of knowledge practices: Social movements in times of crisis

Donatella della Porta and Elena Pavan
Starting from the assumption that knowledge becomes all the more important for movements in times of crisis, as old structures are challenged and new ones envisaged and proved feasible, the purpose of this paper is to suggest ways to expand the toolkit of social movement studies in order to empirically address knowledge practices as a meaningful part of contemporary progressive activism.

Journal Article - 2017

Keeping dissent alive under the Great Recession: no-radicalisation and protest in Spain after the eventful 15M/indignados campaign

Martín Portos
Traditional theories of collective action would predict that, after a triggering event, the trajectory of a wave of protest is determined by the institutionalisation–radicalisation tandem. Based on the Spanish cycle of anti-austerity and against the political status quo protest in the shadow of the Great Recession, this article contends with this approach, as a clear trend towards radicalisation is never observed as the cycle unfolds. An alternative interpretative framework is developed to understand protest trajectories when collaborative inter-organisational strategies prevail.