The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Lorenzo Mosca

Research Fellow

Lorenzo Mosca is Associate Professor at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence. He has been involved in several national and European research projects such as “Europub.Com – The Transformation of Political Mobilisation and Communication in European Public Spheres” (FP5), “Demos – Democracy in Europe and the Mobilization of Society” (FP6), “Younex – Youth, unemployment, and exclusion in Europe” (FP7). He currently coordinates a local research unit in the project “Comparing Social Media and Political Participation across EU” (http://webpoleu.altervista.org).

He has been among the founding members of the Journal Partecipazione e Conflitto (http://siba-ese.unisalento.it/index.php/paco). He is associate editor of the journals “South European Society and Politics” and “International Journal of E-Politics”, as well as member of the editorial board of the “European Journal of Communication”. He is fellow of Cosmos – The Centre in Social Movement Studies (http://cosmos.eui.eu).

Research interests: political participation, political communication, online politics, and movement parties

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"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.