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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

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

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.

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara
Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian CasaPound.

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.