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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

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.

16/06/2018

Martin Portos wins the Juan J. Linz Prize to the Best thesis in Political Science 2017

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Martin Portos was just awarded with the Juan J. Linz Prize to the Best thesis in Political Science 2017 with his tesis “Voicing outrage, contending with austerity. Mobilization in Spain under the Great Recession”, realized under the supervision of prof. Donatella della Porta.

18/05/2018

Donatella della Porta at the Belleuve Forum in Berlin - May 23, 2018

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On May 23rd, 2018, the Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier talks with Donatella della Porta, Christoph Möllers and David Van Reybrouck about anti-politics, anti-establishment and the dangers of indifference to the political to address the 2018 topic of the Forum "Society without Politics - Testing Liberal Democracies".

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Comparing hybrid media systems in the digital age: A theoretical framework for analysis

Alice Mattoni and Diego Ceccobelli
The relationship between media and politics today is deeply entrenched in the wide use of information and communication technologies to the point that scholars speak about the emergence of hybrid media systems in which older and newer media logics combine. However, it is still unclear how the configuration of hybrid media systems changes across countries today, especially with regard to the interconnection between media and politics. The article develops a theoretical framework to capture such national differences.

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.