The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Javier Alcalde


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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"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.