The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Lorenzo Zamponi

Research Fellow

Lorenzo Zamponi is a research fellow in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence. He holds a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute, with a thesis on the relationship between collective memory and social movements. His research interests include memory, contentious politics, student movements, anti-austerity activism and media analysis. He has published peer-reviewed articles in academic journals and book chapters on the recent wave of anti-austerity mobilization.

He is currently involved in the LIVEWHAT project (“Living with Hard Times – How European citizens deal with economic crises and their social and political consequences”) and in the project “Collective Action and the Refugee Crisis”.


Research interests: collective memory, media, and economic crisis

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Call for Papers - Social Movements and Parties in a Fractured Media Landscape

The call for papers is now open for a two-day symposium held under the auspices of the journal ‘Information, Communication & Society’ (iCS) at the Centre on Social Movement Studies, 1-2 July 2019.


A dialogue on labour, trade unions and conflicts

On the 22nd of March, from 4pm to 7pm, Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore) and Maurizio Landini (Secretary General of CGIL) will discuss about labour, trade unions and conflicts.


Applications now open! Third Edition of the Summer School on Methods for the Study of Political Participation and Mobilisation

Applicants must send their application materials no later than March the 17th 2019.


Journal Article - 2019

Ballots and barricades enhanced: far‐right ‘movement parties’ and movement‐electoral interactions

Andrea Pirro
This contribution enhances our understanding of the contemporary far right by focusing on the neglected links between movements and elections within the broader context of contention.

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.