The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Konstantinos Eleftehriadis


Konstantinos Eleftehriadis is a Research and Teaching Associate in the Sociology Department of SciencesPo-Paris. He completed his PhD degree in Social and Political Sciences at the EUI in November 2014. His dissertation ‘Gender and sexual politics in Europe: Queer festivals and their ounterpublics’ was supervised by Professors Donatella della Porta and Didier Eribon. Konstantinos’ areas of specialization include: sociology of collective identities, gender and sexuality studies, counterpublics and the public sphere. His work has been published in Social Movement Studies; ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies; L’Homme et la Société, He has also contributed in edited volumes, such as LGBT Activism and the Making of Europe (eds. Palgrave-Macmillan) and Politiche dell’orgoglio. Sessualità, soggettività e movimenti sociali (eds. ETS-Pisa). He has been faculty member of the Politics department of Maastricht University (2014). Konstantinos holds a bachelor and Master’s degree in Law (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; University Paris-8), and a Master’s degree in Sociology (EHESS-Paris)

Research interests: sociology of mobilizations, counterpublics, queer, and collective identities



"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.