logo

Cosmos

The Centre on Social Movement Studies

logo

Chares Demetrious

Member

I am Marie Curie Fellow at Queen’s University, Belfast, and hold a Ph.D. (2005) in sociology from Columbia University. I am an accidental scholar of social movements. My doctoral dissertation examines rule and identity in late medieval Cyprus. I did not search for social movements in that context, and probably I would not have found any had I done so. However, back when I was preparing my doctoral dissertation proposal, and in anticipation of the rejection of it, I had a Plan B: to develop research I had done on the side on the armed anti-colonial campaign in Cyprus in 1955-9. Eventually that research line proved more successful than my dissertation research line (maybe modern gore sells better than pre-modern gore) and, one thing leading to another, I am now writing a book on the legitimization of violence in Ireland and Cyprus. But I have also another book in the making, a comparison of various episodes of social movement radicalization, co-authored with Eitan Alimi and Lorenzo Bosi (two scholars whose dedication to the study of social movements puts my dedication to shame). And given my predilection for side projects, I have pursued in recent years an interest in the study of processual theory and method, which includes the discourse on (social/causal/explanatory) mechanisms.

 

Research interests: violence legitimization, radicalization, Ireland, Cyprus, and process/mechanism

News

06/10/2017

Open Democracy Post - "The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below

alt
Although some still conceive of the referendum as launched by a pro-independence vanguard, the elite story falls short of explaining the resilient participation of a large part of Catalan civil society. This post at Open Democracy addresses this issue from a different angle.

24/09/2017

New Publication Out - "Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis"

alt
A timely publication to shed light on the link between social movements that formed as a consequence of the 2008 financial crash and the referendums' dynamic and results.

25/08/2017

Donatella Della Porta con Yanis Varoufakis alla 13esima conferenza ESA

alt
Wednesday, August 30th (8pm-9.30pm) professor della Porta, who directs the Center on Social Movement Studies(Cosmos), will dialogue with Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Minister of Finance during the first Tsipras government, about the future of Europe and the social consequences of neoliberal economies

Publications

Monograph - 2018

Social Movements and Civil War : When Protests for Democratization Fail

Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker , Bogumila Hall , Emin Poljarevic
This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements' struggles for democracy ends up in civil war.

Monograph - 2017

Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis

Donatella Della Porta, Francis O'Connor, Martin Portos and Anna Subirats Ribas
Out now "Social movements and referendum from below", the first book that bridges the gap between social movement studies and research on direct democracy. It draws on social movement theory to understand the nature of popular mobilisation in referendums using unique case studies such as the referendum on independence in Scotland, the consultations on independence in Catalonia, the Italian referendum on water, the referendum on the Troika proposals in Greece and the referendum on the debt repayment in Iceland.