The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Hara Kouki


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



"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.