The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Felix Fritsch

PhD candidate

As political scientist, Felix Fritsch is interested in aspects of societal and economic transformation induced by digitalization. His current research focuses on the ideological dimension of decentralized governance and tokenization enabled through blockchain technology. In particular, he seeks to extrapolate potential future impact of this technology from prevalent dynamics in structure and ideology of the blockchain ecosystem. In translating social movement research methods to the digital sphere, he further seeks to direct attention of the discipline to the emergence of digital movements as movements employing digital methods for digital political purposes.

Felix has previous professional experience in researching peace and transition processes at the Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative of the Graduate Institute of Geneva, where he focused on various forms of participatory institutions deemed to enhance civil society participation in peace agreement negotiation and implementation. In his Master Thesis in International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam, he explored processes of structural and ideological configuration of BASOC, a social and political center in Banja Luka, in the context of post-war international civil society engagement in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Research interests: assemblage, blockchain, decentralized systems, and digital sociology



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

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.


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

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


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

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


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.