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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Davide Serafino

Research Fellow

At present time, Davide Serafino is a research fellow at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa.

Before he has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici of Naples, conducting his research in the section “Problemi dello Stato”, specifically on the role of the Italian Communist Party in fighting against armed groups. Previously, he has achieved his PhD degree in contemporary history at the University of Padua with a thesis on the phenomenon of armed struggle in Genoa during the Seventies. This study focuses particularly on the relationship between territory, political and social space and armed groups. He recently published the book “La lotta armata a Genova. Dal Gruppo 22 ottobre alle Brigate rosse (1969-1981)” (2016). He got his master degree in contemporary records management offered by Archivio Centrale dello Stato, with a thesis on “movement’s archives” during the Seventies.

Research interests: Political history, political violence, armed struggle, and archives

News

06/10/2017

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

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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"

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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

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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.