The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Loris Caruso

Research Fellow

Loris Caruso carried out a Phd in Comparative Social Research at the University of Turin, since 2004 to 2008. In 2009 he had a research fellowship in Political Science at the University of Turin. Since 2012 to 2016 he worked at the Department of Sociology and Social research of the University of Milan-Bicocca, where he had a four years research fellowship in sociology. Since the 1 September 2016, he is assistant professor in political sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, Italy.

His articles have been published in «Politics & Society», «European Journal of Social Theory», «Thesis Eleven», «Capital & Class», «Participation & Conflict» and «Sociologica».

Research interests: movement parties, labour conflicts, digital capitalism, and political theory

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Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.


Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).


ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.


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.

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.