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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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08/06/2017

Call for Papers - Cosmos Conference "The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Student Movements in Late Neoliberalism"

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The Centre on Social Movement Studies, directed by Professor Donatella Della Porta, calls for papers addressing the recent global wave of student protests for a two-days conference to bel held in Florence, at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), on 15-16 November 2017.

19/05/2017

Video available for the International Conference – Beyond Borders: Refugees and Struggles in Europe Mobilization, Solidarity and Political Challenges in the Long Summer of Migration

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Watch the video of the International Conference – Beyond Borders, which was held at Palazzo Strozzi on May 12, 2017

19/05/2017

Marco Deseriis wins Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government

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Dr. Marco Deseriis, Marie Curie Fellow and Research Fellow at Cosmos, has won the Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government (Danube University, Krems Au Donau, Austria)

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

Comparing Digital Protest Media Imaginaries: Anti-Austerity Movements in Greece, Italy & Spain

Emiliano Treré, Sandra Jeppensen and Alice Mattoni
Drawing on 60 semi­-structured interviews with activists involved in anti-austerity protests, the article brings together social movement studies and communications theories to compare digital protest media imaginaries in Greece, Spain and Italy

Journal Article - 2017

Technopopulism: The Emergence of a Discursive Formation

Marco Deseriis
This article argues that technopopulism is an emerging discursive formation that arises from the convergence of two preexisting discourses: populism and technolibertarianism. Whereas these discourses are historically distinct the global financial crisis and the 2011 wave of struggles precipitated the political conditions for their intersection and hybridization.