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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

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

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.

Journal Article - 2018

Mobilizing in transnational contentious spaces: linking relations, emotions and space in migrant activism

Elias Steinhilper
The article illustrates how the transnational spaces most migrants inhabit can be politicized and transformed into particular social formations, for which the term ‘transnational contentious spaces’ is suggested.