The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Eduardo Romanos


Eduardo Romanos is a Ramón y Cajal Fellow in the Department of Sociology I (Social Change) at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has previously been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Trento, Italy, and a Juan de la Cierva Fellow at the Universidad Pública de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. Eduardo received his PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the EUI in December 2007 with a dissertation on the Spanish anarchist movement under Franco’s dictatorship. He also holds a European Doctorate Certificate in Social History after spending six months at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, as a Marie Curie Fellow (Early Stage Research Training Programme). His main research interests are in the areas of political sociology, historical sociology andhistory of political thought, with a particular focus on social movements and protest. Among his most recent publications are the article ‘Factionalism in Transition: A Comparative Analysis of Ruptures in the Spanish Anarchist Movement’ (Journal of Historical Sociology 24:3, 2011), the chapter ‘Radicalization from Outside: The Diffusion of Violence in the Spanish Anarchist Movement’ (in Dynamics of Political Violence, ed. by Lorenzo Bosi et al., Ashgate, forthcoming), the volume Protest Beyond Borders: Contentious Politics in Europe since 1945 (Berghahn, 2011, ed. with Hara Kouki), and the essay ‘Anarchism’ (in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political and Social Movements, ed. by David A. Snow et al., Blackwell, forthcoming). He is currently engaged in research on the Spanish Indignados movement and the recent, transnational wave of contention. Additionally, Eduardo has worked as archival assistant at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam and as a translator of academic manuscripts (the most recent, Social Movements: An Introduction, by Donatella della Porta and Mario Diani, Blackwell, 2006, published in the CIS-UCM’ Series Debate Social, 2011).

Research interests: anarchism, indignados, social movements, comparative sociology, and historical sociology

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"Standing up for Science" - a documentary by Dieter Rucht

A documentary by Dieter Rucht on the 2017 March for Science in Washington, D.C. - now available on YouTube.


COSMOS Talks Calendar - Second Semester 2018

Read here the full calendar of the COSMOS Talks Series


Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics

We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the 1st Summer School of the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy on ‘Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics’, sponsored by the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX), the European Council for Political Research (ECPR), and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).


Edited Volume - 2018

Solidarity Mobilizations in the ‘Refugee Crisis’. Contentious Moves

Donatella della Porta (ed.)
This edited volume ddresses a gap in research on social movements that has disregarded the origins of discontent and overlooks protest as a resource of the powerless; it offers insight into how the movement of refugees across the European Union and elsewhere activates political opportunities; it explores claims to citizenship made by refugees within processes of knowledge production and the mobilization of emotions

Journal Article - 2017

Reshaping Citizenship through Collective Action: Performative and Prefigurative Practices in the 2013–2014 Cycle of Contention in Bosnia & Hercegovina

Chiara Milan
This essay analyses the strategic practices adopted by social movement actors during the 2013 and 2014 mobilisations in Bosnia & Hercegovina. By bridging critical citizenship studies with literature on social movements, it classifies them as belonging to the realm of activist citizenship, but also as having a performative and prefigurative dimension.