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 at the Stein Rokkan lecture in Mons - 9 April 2019

Donatella della Porta invited to give the Stein Rokkan lecture during the next ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops in April 2019.


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.


Call for Papers - International Conference on Feminist Alliances

The conference will focus on the role played by discourses, practices and politics in the construction and political consequences of feminist alliances with inequalities defined by class, race/ethnicity, citizenship, age, disability and sexuality.


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.

Monograph - 2018

The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Struggles and Power Relations within English and Italian Universities

Lorenzo Cini
Drawing on neo-institutionalist and social movement approaches, this book analyses the impact that recent student mobilizations have brought about within Italian and English universities in terms of student services, curriculum organization, and governance structures.