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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

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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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).

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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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.

Publications

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.