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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

22/07/2019

Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

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Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.

21/06/2019

Call for papers: "The Nation and the Radical Left - Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics"

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The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.

18/06/2019

Call for papers: “Class without consciousness” – The Politics of Fragmented Class Identities

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The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 2019

Publications

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.