The Centre on Social Movement Studies


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



"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.