logo

Cosmos

The Centre on Social Movement Studies

logo

Elias Steinhilper

Member

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

Home page

News

22/07/2019

Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

alt
Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.

21/06/2019

Call for papers: "The Nation and the Radical Left - Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics"

alt
The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.

18/06/2019

Call for papers: “Class without consciousness” – The Politics of Fragmented Class Identities

alt
The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 2019

Publications

Journal Article - 2019

Ballots and barricades enhanced: far‐right ‘movement parties’ and movement‐electoral interactions

Andrea Pirro
This contribution enhances our understanding of the contemporary far right by focusing on the neglected links between movements and elections within the broader context of contention.

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.