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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Diego Ceccobelli

Research Fellow

Diego Ceccobelli earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (SNS, Florence), with a dissertation entitled “Political Leaders on Facebook: a Comparative Analysis on Popularization in Contemporary Liberal Democracies”. His research interests lie in the field of political communication and comparative politics, e.g., role of social media in contemporary political communication, and personalization of politics in comparative perspective. He has furthermore extensive expertise conducting social media analysis, expert interviews, as well as quantitative and qualitative approaches. He is actually working on the PICME project (Political participation in Complex Media Environments).

Research interests: political communication, comparative politics, personalization of politics, social media, and political participation

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

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.

Journal Article - 2018

Mobilizing in transnational contentious spaces: linking relations, emotions and space in migrant activism

Elias Steinhilper
The article illustrates how the transnational spaces most migrants inhabit can be politicized and transformed into particular social formations, for which the term ‘transnational contentious spaces’ is suggested.