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 - International Conference on Feminist Alliances

The conference will focus on the role played by discourses, practices and politics in the construction and political consequences of feminist alliances with inequalities defined by class, race/ethnicity, citizenship, age, disability and sexuality.


Call for Papers - International Conference The Contentious Politics of Solidarity

The conference will focus on the contestation of acts of solidarity by counter-movements and the state, as well as on resistance to it by migrant and pro-migrant movements.


Donatella della Porta on the Growing Criminalization of Protest

The criminalization of protest is growing: there are many signals of this both in ‘hybrid’ regimes and in democratic countries. In this interview, Donatella della Porta discusses the dynamics and consequences of such trend.


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.

Monograph - 2018

Political Strategies and Social Movements in Latin America. The Zapatistas and Bolivian Cocaleros

Leonidas Oikonomakis
This book investigates how social movements form their political strategies in their quest for social change and -when they shift from one strategy to another- why and how that happens.