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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Javier Alcalde

Research Fellow

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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08/06/2017

Call for Papers - Cosmos Conference "The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Student Movements in Late Neoliberalism"

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The Centre on Social Movement Studies, directed by Professor Donatella Della Porta, calls for papers addressing the recent global wave of student protests for a two-days conference to bel held in Florence, at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), on 15-16 November 2017.

19/05/2017

Video available for the International Conference – Beyond Borders: Refugees and Struggles in Europe Mobilization, Solidarity and Political Challenges in the Long Summer of Migration

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Watch the video of the International Conference – Beyond Borders, which was held at Palazzo Strozzi on May 12, 2017

19/05/2017

Marco Deseriis wins Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government

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Dr. Marco Deseriis, Marie Curie Fellow and Research Fellow at Cosmos, has won the Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government (Danube University, Krems Au Donau, Austria)

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

Comparing Digital Protest Media Imaginaries: Anti-Austerity Movements in Greece, Italy & Spain

Emiliano Treré, Sandra Jeppensen and Alice Mattoni
Drawing on 60 semi­-structured interviews with activists involved in anti-austerity protests, the article brings together social movement studies and communications theories to compare digital protest media imaginaries in Greece, Spain and Italy

Journal Article - 2017

Technopopulism: The Emergence of a Discursive Formation

Marco Deseriis
This article argues that technopopulism is an emerging discursive formation that arises from the convergence of two preexisting discourses: populism and technolibertarianism. Whereas these discourses are historically distinct the global financial crisis and the 2011 wave of struggles precipitated the political conditions for their intersection and hybridization.