The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Joana Lilli Hofstetter

PhD candidate

Joana is a PhD candidate in Political Science and Sociology at Scuola Normale Superiore, and a
member of the Center on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) and the Institute for Protest and
Movement Studies Berlin (IPB). Her research examines how sex workers in Europe currently
mobilize in relation to changed prostitution politics. She is particularly interested in the political
agency and subjectivity of sex workers, the dynamics between repression and resistance, and the
use of participatory and arts-based qualitative methods within social movement studies.
Joana has attained a B.A. degree in Sociology (University of Freiburg) and a M.A. degree in
Social Sciences (University of Freiburg, University of Cape Town, Chulalongkorn University
Bangkok). She has worked on issues of global inequalities, knowledge production and feminist
movements with various journals and research institutions. Since 2015, she has been involved
with sex worker grassroots organizations in Europe and Asia, and has been associated with the
German-speaking network on critical sex work research since 2016.

Research interests: contentious politics and social movements, gender, labour & sexuality, feminist & critical theory, and participatory & art-based qualitative methods



A dialogue on labour, trade unions and conflicts

On the 22nd of March, from 4pm to 7pm, Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore) and Maurizio Landini (Secretary General of CGIL) will discuss about labour, trade unions and conflicts.


Call for Papers - Social Movements and Parties in a Fractured Media Landscape

The call for papers is now open for a two-day symposium held under the auspices of the journal ‘Information, Communication & Society’ (iCS) at the Centre on Social Movement Studies, 1-2 July 2019.


17 Fully funded 4-years PhD positions in Political Science and Sociology and in Transnational Governance, Scuola Normale Superiore

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.


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.