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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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29/11/2018

Call for Papers - International Conference on Feminist Alliances

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The conference will focus on the role played by discourses, practices and politics in the construction and political consequences of feminist alliances with inequalities defined by class, race/ethnicity, citizenship, age, disability and sexuality.

20/11/2018

Call for Papers - International Conference The Contentious Politics of Solidarity

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The conference will focus on the contestation of acts of solidarity by counter-movements and the state, as well as on resistance to it by migrant and pro-migrant movements.

09/11/2018

Donatella della Porta on the Growing Criminalization of Protest

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The criminalization of protest is growing: there are many signals of this both in ‘hybrid’ regimes and in democratic countries. In this interview, Donatella della Porta discusses the dynamics and consequences of such trend.

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.

Monograph - 2018

Political Strategies and Social Movements in Latin America. The Zapatistas and Bolivian Cocaleros

Leonidas Oikonomakis
This book investigates how social movements form their political strategies in their quest for social change and -when they shift from one strategy to another- why and how that happens.