The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Grzegorz Piotrowski


I graduated from social anthropology and philosophy at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. I wrote my doctoral dissertation at the European University Institute in Florence Italy. The thesis, entitled “Alterglobalism in Postsocialism. A Study of Central and Eastern European Activists” was supervised by prof. Donatella della Porta and was defended in July 2011. In my PhD I focused on what kind of challenges alterglobal activists face in a post socialist environment and how they were trying to adapt and translate alterglobal ideas into local cultural settings. After my PhD studies I was a Junior Fellow at the Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Studies in Budapest, Hungary and later I worked as a research assistant for prof. Kerstin Jacobsson from Sodertorns University from Stockholm. I was hired for a project comparing Swedish, Polish and Russian pro-animal rights activists. Since January 2012 I am a research associate at Sodertorns University working for a project “Anarchists in the East and in the West” in which we are comparing anarchist activists from Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland and Russia.


Research interests: social movements, anarchism, squatting, alterglobalism, and civil society

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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.