The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Karlo Kralj

PhD candidate

Karlo is a PhD candidate in Political Science and Sociology at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, and a member of Center on Social Movement Studies. His doctoral project investigates dynamics of (de)politicization of activism in post-communist context. In addition to his studies, Karlo is cooperating with the project “Disobedient Democracy: A Comparative Analysis of Contentious Politics in the European Semi-periphery”, implemented at the University of Zagreb. He obtained a MA degree in political science from the University of Zagreb. In his MA thesis, Karlo investigated meaning-making and perceptions of party politics among non-governmental organizations in Croatia. From 2010 to 2017 Karlo was an activist of several organizations, including Croatian Youth Network and Center for Peace Studies, where he took part in a range of public activities.

Research interests: Central and Eastern Europe and civil society



Call for Papers - International Conference on Feminist Alliances

The conference will focus on the role played by discourses, practices and politics in the construction and political consequences of feminist alliances with inequalities defined by class, race/ethnicity, citizenship, age, disability and sexuality.


Call for Papers - International Conference The Contentious Politics of Solidarity

The conference will focus on the contestation of acts of solidarity by counter-movements and the state, as well as on resistance to it by migrant and pro-migrant movements.


Donatella della Porta on the Growing Criminalization of Protest

The criminalization of protest is growing: there are many signals of this both in ‘hybrid’ regimes and in democratic countries. In this interview, Donatella della Porta discusses the dynamics and consequences of such trend.


Journal Article - 2018

Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara
Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian CasaPound.

Monograph - 2018

Political Strategies and Social Movements in Latin America. The Zapatistas and Bolivian Cocaleros

Leonidas Oikonomakis
This book investigates how social movements form their political strategies in their quest for social change and -when they shift from one strategy to another- why and how that happens.