The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Gary T. Marx

Visiting Scholar

is Professor Emeritus from M.I.T. He has worked in the areas of race and ethnicity, collective behaviour and social movements, law and society and surveillance studies. He received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He has also taught there, at Harvard University, the University of Colorado and been a visiting professor at more than 20 other schools in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Additional information is available at  http://web.mit.edu/gtmarx/www/bio.html  . Within the area of social movements and collective behaviour he has studied topics such as the civil rights movement, majority involvement in minority movements, police behaviour in civil disorders, agents provocateurs and issueless riots posted at www.garymarx.net  . His most recent work in the area includes: a critique introduction to the 50th anniversary edition of Smelser’s Theory of Collective Behavior and the article  “Agents Provocateurs as a Type of Faux Activist”. He welcomes the chance to meet with students and colleagues to discuss topics of mutual interest. On April 22-23 he will be giving a workshop on his recently completed book Windows Into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology (University of Chicago).



Research interests: social movements, surveillance, and collective behavior

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"Standing up for Science" - a documentary by Dieter Rucht

A documentary by Dieter Rucht on the 2017 March for Science in Washington, D.C. - now available on YouTube.


COSMOS Talks Calendar - Second Semester 2018

Read here the full calendar of the COSMOS Talks Series


Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics

We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the 1st Summer School of the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy on ‘Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics’, sponsored by the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX), the European Council for Political Research (ECPR), and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).


Edited Volume - 2018

Solidarity Mobilizations in the ‘Refugee Crisis’. Contentious Moves

Donatella della Porta (ed.)
This edited volume ddresses a gap in research on social movements that has disregarded the origins of discontent and overlooks protest as a resource of the powerless; it offers insight into how the movement of refugees across the European Union and elsewhere activates political opportunities; it explores claims to citizenship made by refugees within processes of knowledge production and the mobilization of emotions

Journal Article - 2017

Reshaping Citizenship through Collective Action: Performative and Prefigurative Practices in the 2013–2014 Cycle of Contention in Bosnia & Hercegovina

Chiara Milan
This essay analyses the strategic practices adopted by social movement actors during the 2013 and 2014 mobilisations in Bosnia & Hercegovina. By bridging critical citizenship studies with literature on social movements, it classifies them as belonging to the realm of activist citizenship, but also as having a performative and prefigurative dimension.