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Alice Mattoni

Research Fellow

Alice Mattoni is Assistant Professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore, where she works as the Principal Investigator of the research project PiCME – Political participation in Complex Media Environments: A Multi-Level and Multi-Method Approach funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research through the grant S.I.R. – Scientific Independence of young Researchers.

She has been a Research Fellow of the Centre on Social Movement Studies – COSMOS since 2013. There, she investigates social movement and civil society actors struggling against corruption and organized crime in the framework of the ANTICORRPT project, funded by the European Commission. She co-directs the COSMOS Summer School on Methods for the Study of Political Participation and Mobilization that runs every other year, starting in September 2013 and the Social Movement and Media Technologies seminars, organized together with the Centre of Global Media and Democracy at Goldsmisths University of London.

She is one of the editors of Interface, a journal for and about social movements and of Partecipazione e Conflitto – Participation and Conflict, two open-access and peer reviewed online publication. From 2011 to 2015 sge served as co-convener of the Standing Group on Participation and Mobilization at the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR), in which I she is now serving as one of the members of the Steering Committee. She also participates in the activities of the research group New Media and On-line Politics based at the Istituto Carlo Cattaneo.

From January 2011 to December 2012, Alice has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. She has a Master of Research and a PhD in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute, where she discussed her thesis in 2009. She graduated in Communication Sciences (Mass Communication) at the University of Padua, in 2003.

Research interests: precarious workers and their struggles, anti-corruption and organized crime protests, online political campaigning, qualitative research methods, and digital research methods

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13/12/2017

Call for Paper: Conference “1968-2018, fifty years after: Where is the social movements field going?”

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Taking the 1968 anniversary as a stimulating moment for reflection, this conference seeks to provide space for looking at the implications of that period on social movement research as well as addressing a number of key questions in current social movement research.

04/12/2017

Martin Portos Garcia wins the ISA's Seventh Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists

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The International Sociological Association has just announced the list of the winners of the Seventh Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists engaged in social research, amongst which Martin Portos Garcia - post-doc fellow at COSMOS

10/11/2017

Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Youth Political Participation in Times of Inequalities

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We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the Summer School on Youth Political Participation in Times of Inequalities, sponsored by the Reinventing Democracy in Europe: Youth Doing Politics in Times of Increasing Inequalities project (EURYKA) and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

Repertoires of knowledge practices: Social movements in times of crisis

Donatella della Porta and Elena Pavan
Starting from the assumption that knowledge becomes all the more important for movements in times of crisis, as old structures are challenged and new ones envisaged and proved feasible, the purpose of this paper is to suggest ways to expand the toolkit of social movement studies in order to empirically address knowledge practices as a meaningful part of contemporary progressive activism.

Journal Article - 2017

’Solidarietà sconvenienti’. Reti online di estrema destra contro e per la riforma dell’Europa

Elena Pavan and Manuela Caiani
By focusing on the websites of extreme right organizations in six European countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) and by making a combined use of digital research tools and social network analysis, we explore how extreme right organizations make a strategic use of ICTs to connect in the online space and the arguments they move forward to criticize and reform current projects of European integration. Our results suggest that ICTs sustain the construction of inconvenient solidarities in heterogeneous ways, supporting different modes of online conversations amongst extreme right websites which, in turn, affect their capacity to propose shared critiques and proposals to reform the European Union.