The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Helge Hiram Jensen


Helge prefers to be on fieldwork. He walks where the rivers run, to learn from local peasants about their political and cultural geographies. He was born in 1976 as a Norwegian with Lebanese roots. In 2002 he graduated as a cultural sociologist (Cand.Polit.) at the University of Oslo. From 1999 until 2008 he worked as museum guide, exhibition curator, teacher, author, editor, barista, poet, actor, personal assistant for disabled persons, research assistant in sociology, and small business entrepreneur. In 2009 he was retrained as a political scientist (M.Res.) at the European University Institute – where he also defended his PhD in Political and Social Sciences at 15.05.2015. The doctoral thesis is open access: [http://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/35918] During the academic year 2015-14 he worked as an archivist at Alta Museum World Heritage Rock Art Centre. Starting from the academic year 2015-16 he works at Kristiania University College, on methodological development for practical-aesthetical disciplines, namely interior design, graphical design, market communication and journalism.

Research interests: methodology, political economy, political geography, Arctic area, and Mediterranean area

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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.