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



Donatella della Porta on the Growing Criminalization of Protest

The criminalization of protest is growing: there are many signals of this both in ‘hybrid’ regimes and in democratic countries. In this interview, Donatella della Porta discusses the dynamics and consequences of such trend.


Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.


Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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).


Journal Article - 2018

Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara
Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian CasaPound.

Monograph - 2018

Political Strategies and Social Movements in Latin America. The Zapatistas and Bolivian Cocaleros

Leonidas Oikonomakis
This book investigates how social movements form their political strategies in their quest for social change and -when they shift from one strategy to another- why and how that happens.