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Cosmos

The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Leila Hadj-Abdou

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Leila is currently an associate lecturer and researcher at the Department of Political Science, at the University of Vienna. This summer term she teaches a class on Social Movements and Migration (see https://ufind.univie.ac.at/de/course.html?lv=210074&semester=2017S). Previously to coming to Vienna she was a Fellow at the University of Sheffield working with Andrew Geddes on his ERC project MIGPROSP on migration governance. Before joining the research team of Prof. Geddes, she was a Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C. Leila obtained her Ph.D. in 2013 from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She has published on a wide array of topics including: Muslim mobilization, international migration, multiculturalism and cities, managing religion in Europe, politics of recognition, politics of belonging, and populist right-wing parties.

Her latest publication include: Migration and Refugees in the Mediterranean. In: Volpi, Frederic and Gillespie, Richard (eds.). Handbook on Mediterranean Politics. Routledge 2017 (with Sarah Wolff); Gender nationalism. New (old) politics of belonging. Austrian Journal of Political Science 2017, 46(1); The religious conversion of the Austrian populist right. In: Roy, O., McDonnell D. and Mazouki N. Saving the People: How Populists Hijack Religion. Hurst 2016.

Research interests: Muslim mobilization, international migration, multiculturalism and cities, and managing religion in Europe

News

06/10/2017

Open Democracy Post - "The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below

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Although some still conceive of the referendum as launched by a pro-independence vanguard, the elite story falls short of explaining the resilient participation of a large part of Catalan civil society. This post at Open Democracy addresses this issue from a different angle.

24/09/2017

New Publication Out - "Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis"

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A timely publication to shed light on the link between social movements that formed as a consequence of the 2008 financial crash and the referendums' dynamic and results.

25/08/2017

Donatella Della Porta con Yanis Varoufakis alla 13esima conferenza ESA

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Wednesday, August 30th (8pm-9.30pm) professor della Porta, who directs the Center on Social Movement Studies(Cosmos), will dialogue with Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Minister of Finance during the first Tsipras government, about the future of Europe and the social consequences of neoliberal economies

Publications

Monograph - 2018

Social Movements and Civil War : When Protests for Democratization Fail

Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker , Bogumila Hall , Emin Poljarevic
This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements' struggles for democracy ends up in civil war.

Monograph - 2017

Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis

Donatella Della Porta, Francis O'Connor, Martin Portos and Anna Subirats Ribas
Out now "Social movements and referendum from below", the first book that bridges the gap between social movement studies and research on direct democracy. It draws on social movement theory to understand the nature of popular mobilisation in referendums using unique case studies such as the referendum on independence in Scotland, the consultations on independence in Catalonia, the Italian referendum on water, the referendum on the Troika proposals in Greece and the referendum on the debt repayment in Iceland.