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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Daniela Chironi

Research Fellow

My main research interest concerns the relation between social movements and party change. Indeed, my thesis is about the role of social movements in setting off significant organizational changes within the more innovative left-wing parties in Western Europe. This current work is an extension at the European level of my graduation thesis. In fact, I graduated in Political Science at the Florence University, with a dissertation on “The radical left parties in bipolar Italy”. Since 2008, I’m also involved in a national research on the transformations of the Italian political parties, financed by the Ministry of University and Research and conducted by three universities. For this research, I work in particular on the Communist and post-Communist galaxy. Another research field in which I’m interested are the Media studies. I’m specialized in Political Consultancy and Communication and I earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies and Journalism. At that step, my thesis focused on the communication strategies of social movements during the season of Social Forums. In addition, I worked as radio and print media journalist. Finally, my interests outside the academy, again concern political and social life. In the past, I have been active in the alter-globalization movement and currently I’m taking part in the global commons movement. Moreover, I often organize cultural events, series of independent movie screenings, initiatives for the social use of public areas.

Research interests: political parties and political communication

News

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.