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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Linda Lund Pedersen

Research Fellow

Linda Lund Pedersen is a research associate at the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS). She is involved in the comparative research project on the public debates evolving around the Charlie Hebdo attacks, led by Prof. Donatella Della Porta. Simultaneously she is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Sociology and the Center for the Study of Human Rights at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her dissertation bears the preliminary title: Whose Rights, Whose Space? The Danish Alien Act and family migration: a case study of spatial segregation of the intimate sphere. The project is supervised by Prof. Chetan Bhatt (The Centre for Study of Human Rights & Sociology at LSE) and Prof. Charis Thompson (Sociology at LSE & Chancellor’s Professor and Chair at Gender and Women’s Studies at Berkeley, University of California). She holds a MA in Philosophy from the University of Copenhagen and has a strong commitment to transdisciplinary and transnational feminist research and teaching. Linda Lund Pedersen has been actively engaged in several European gender research networks, including ATHENA: Advanced Thematic Network in European Gender Studies (funded by the European Commission), ATgender, VEIL (Mapping and analyzing public debates on Muslim veils in Europe, funded by EU’s sixth framework programme) & Nordic research networks on post-colonialism and whiteness in the Nordic region.

Research interests: social and political theory, migration politics, transnational feminism, critical race studies, citizenship studies, and family reunification policy

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.