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 - 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.


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.


Applications now open! Third Edition of the Summer School on Methods for the Study of Political Participation and Mobilisation

Applicants must send their application materials no later than March the 17th 2019.


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.