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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Javier Alcalde

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He is an associated researcher in the European project “Mobilizing for Democracy: Democratization processes and the mobilization of civil society”. Specifically he analyzes the protests around the refugee crisis, both at the EU level as well as the protests at the French/British border.

Before that he studied other social movements: squatters, Zapatistas, the Esperanto movement or the movements for peace or for a global justice. Most of such publications tackled different approaches on the relationship between social movements and the media. From a transnational perspective, his doctoral dissertation focused on a particular aspect of the contemporary peace movement: the international campaigns on disarmament.

He has also been a researcher at the International Catalan Institute for Peace in Barcelona and at the Juan March Institute in Madrid. He holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute.

Research interests: Peace movement, disarmament, refugees, Esperanto, and linguistic justice

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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.