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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Hara Kouki

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Hara Kouki is a Research Associate in the Global Governance Programme of the European University Institute (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies), in Florence, Italy. Trained as a historian in Athens and holding an MA in Film and History from the University of Kent and an MRes in History and Civilization from the EUI, Hara received her PhD from the Law Department of Birkbeck College, University of London. Her thesis is a historical genealogy tracing the encounter between social movements with human rights during Cold War Europe. She has co-edited ‘Protest beyond Borders: Contentious Politics in Europe since 1945 (Berghahn, 2011) and ‘The Greek Crisis and European Modernity’ (Palgrave, 2013).Through participating in several research projects ranging from political and protest culture to European identities and migration and regularly contributing to the press (Guardian, Al Jazeera English et al.), Hara aims at tracing the historical transformations of the present time and unravelling what forms part of the common sense of our era.

Research interests: protest culture, collective identities, human rights, and postwar European history

News

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.

Journal Article - 2018

Mobilizing in transnational contentious spaces: linking relations, emotions and space in migrant activism

Elias Steinhilper
The article illustrates how the transnational spaces most migrants inhabit can be politicized and transformed into particular social formations, for which the term ‘transnational contentious spaces’ is suggested.