The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Sophia Wathne

PhD candidate

Sophia is a PhD candidate in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore and member of the Center of Social Movement Studies (COSMOS). Her research is on the global Food Sovereignty movement and how it can challenge common conceptions of sovereignty within political theory. Furthermore, she looks at whether the Food Sovereignty Movement can inspire new ways of structuring environmentally sustainable and democratic communities.

Sophia attained her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, with a semester abroad at University of California, San Diego. For her M.A. she specialized in political theory and focused on the interplay between political theory and social movements, specifically the Greek Solidarity Movement in Athens.

Her research interests are political theory relating to political action outside the conventional political institutions, with a focus on democratic experiments and prefigurative politics, especially in the global south. It is important for Sophia to be a part of the decolonization of academia by giving space to the voices and agency of activists from the global south who are often overlooked.

Sophia is a co-editor of the Danish feminist and decolonial journal Marronage and is a decolonial, feminist and environmental activist. She attained her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2017 in Palestine and has been involved in the Food Sovereignty movement in Palestine and Denmark.

Research interests: democracy and social movements, prefigurative politics, political theory, autonomy and insurrection, and food sovereignity



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.


Call for Papers - International Conference The Contentious Politics of Solidarity

The conference will focus on the contestation of acts of solidarity by counter-movements and the state, as well as on resistance to it by migrant and pro-migrant movements.


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.


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.