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



Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.


Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).


ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.


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.

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.