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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

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.