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Daniel Ritter

Research Fellow

Daniel Ritter received his PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2010 after his completing his dissertation, “Why the Iranian Revolution was Nonviolent: Internationalized Social Change and the Iron Cage of Liberalism,” under the guidance of Mounira Charrad and Lester Kurtz. He spent the 2010/11 and 2011/12 academic years at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, first as a Max Weber Fellow and then as a research fellow on Professor della Porta’s “Mobilizing for Democracy” project. Since August 2012 he is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology at Stockholm University. His main research interests are in nonviolent revolutions and social movements, political sociology, and comparative historical methods. He is currently writing a book on nonviolent revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa titled States and Nonviolent Revolutions (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).

Research interests: nonviolence, revolutions, comparative history, comparative politics, and international relations

News

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.