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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Aliaksandr Ruzhantsou

PhD candidate

Aliaksandr Ruzhantsou is a PhD student at the department of Political Science and Sociology at Scuola Normale Superiore. After graduation with honors in 2010 from BA Program in History in Belarusian State Pedagogical university (Minsk, Belarus), he has pursued his career in Internet, Media and Communication sector as a technical writer, business analyst and project manager administrating wide range of projects. In 2013 Aliaksandr has been awarded Whole Europe Beyond Borders scholarship for MA Program in Political science at University of Warsaw, Poland. After successful graduation he has been admitted to PhD program at Scuola Normale Superiore site in Florence with a full scholarship. During 2014-2015 he has participated in Summer schools and courses in Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences, Conflict studies, EU studies. His research interests are affected by both research path and previous professional career in IT and Media field. The research interests include New media, Social movements, Democratization and Transition in Post-Communist countries. In particular, in his PhD thesis he intends to study the effect of the New Media on protest ‘framing’ in regard of various groups of protesters during Maidan mass protests in Ukraine in 2013-2014.

Research interests: new media and democratization

News

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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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).

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.

Publications

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.

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.