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



Call for Papers - International Conference on Feminist Alliances

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.


Call for Papers - International Conference The Contentious Politics of Solidarity

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.


Donatella della Porta on the Growing Criminalization of Protest

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.


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.