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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Elias Steinhilper

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Elias Steinhilper is a political sociologist and migration scholar currently based in Florence. He studied Political Science and Sociology in Berlin (FU Berlin), Colchester (University of Essex) and Freiburg. In May 2018 he obtained a PhD in Political Science and Sociology at Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence for a thesis on political protest by marginalized migrants, supervised by Prof. Donatella della Porta. He has hold visiting researcher positions at HU Berlin, UC Berkeley and SciencePo Paris. His academic interest is located at the intersection of political sociology, migration & border studies, contentious politics, and urban studies. His research has been published or is forthcoming in Sociology, Social Inclusion, Social Movement Studies and in various book chapters. Beyond academia, Elias has interned as a Human Rights observer in Chiapas, with the United Nations (OHCHR), worked as a (radio) journalist, and has been involved in various migrant solidarity and urban garden initiatives.

Research interests: Contentious politics, migration studies, and political sociology

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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.