The Centre on Social Movement Studies


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



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

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


COSMOS Talks Calendar - Second Semester 2018

Read here the full calendar of the COSMOS Talks Series


Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics

We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the 1st Summer School of the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy on ‘Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics’, sponsored by the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX), the European Council for Political Research (ECPR), and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).


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

Journal Article - 2017

Reshaping Citizenship through Collective Action: Performative and Prefigurative Practices in the 2013–2014 Cycle of Contention in Bosnia & Hercegovina

Chiara Milan
This essay analyses the strategic practices adopted by social movement actors during the 2013 and 2014 mobilisations in Bosnia & Hercegovina. By bridging critical citizenship studies with literature on social movements, it classifies them as belonging to the realm of activist citizenship, but also as having a performative and prefigurative dimension.