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 - Social Movements and Parties in a Fractured Media Landscape

The call for papers is now open for a two-day symposium held under the auspices of the journal ‘Information, Communication & Society’ (iCS) at the Centre on Social Movement Studies, 1-2 July 2019.


A dialogue on labour, trade unions and conflicts

On the 22nd of March, from 4pm to 7pm, Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore) and Maurizio Landini (Secretary General of CGIL) will discuss about labour, trade unions and conflicts.


Applications now open! Third Edition of the Summer School on Methods for the Study of Political Participation and Mobilisation

Applicants must send their application materials no later than March the 17th 2019.


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.