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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Chares Demetrious

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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

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.