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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

22/07/2019

Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

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Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.

21/06/2019

Call for papers: "The Nation and the Radical Left - Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics"

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The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.

18/06/2019

Call for papers: “Class without consciousness” – The Politics of Fragmented Class Identities

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The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 2019

Publications

Journal Article - 2019

Ballots and barricades enhanced: far‐right ‘movement parties’ and movement‐electoral interactions

Andrea Pirro
This contribution enhances our understanding of the contemporary far right by focusing on the neglected links between movements and elections within the broader context of contention.

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.