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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Mario Quaranta

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Mario Quaranta is a Max Weber Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the
European University Institute.

Previously, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of
the Scuola Normale Superiore, and a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at
LUISS University, Roma (Italy).

He obtained a PhD in Political Science in 2013 from the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane,
Florence (Italy), and was a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy, University of
California (USA), and at the Department of Sociology, Universiteit Utrecht (NL). He has been
involved in several research projects on quality of democracy, political participation, public
opinion, and collection of survey data.

His articles have appeared, among others, in Current Sociology, Information, Communication &
Society, International Political Science Review, Electoral Studies, European Political Science
Review, Social Science Research, Social Indicators Research, South European Society and Politics,
and West European Politics. His book “Political protest in Western Europe: Exploring the role of
context in political action” was published by Springer in 2015.

Research interests: Comparative political behavior and public opinion, political participation, youth, political socialization, and attitudes towards democracy

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News

13/12/2017

Call for Paper: Conference “1968-2018, fifty years after: Where is the social movements field going?”

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Taking the 1968 anniversary as a stimulating moment for reflection, this conference seeks to provide space for looking at the implications of that period on social movement research as well as addressing a number of key questions in current social movement research.

04/12/2017

Martin Portos Garcia wins the ISA's Seventh Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists

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The International Sociological Association has just announced the list of the winners of the Seventh Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists engaged in social research, amongst which Martin Portos Garcia - post-doc fellow at COSMOS

10/11/2017

Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Youth Political Participation in Times of Inequalities

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We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the Summer School on Youth Political Participation in Times of Inequalities, sponsored by the Reinventing Democracy in Europe: Youth Doing Politics in Times of Increasing Inequalities project (EURYKA) and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

Repertoires of knowledge practices: Social movements in times of crisis

Donatella della Porta and Elena Pavan
Starting from the assumption that knowledge becomes all the more important for movements in times of crisis, as old structures are challenged and new ones envisaged and proved feasible, the purpose of this paper is to suggest ways to expand the toolkit of social movement studies in order to empirically address knowledge practices as a meaningful part of contemporary progressive activism.

Journal Article - 2017

’Solidarietà sconvenienti’. Reti online di estrema destra contro e per la riforma dell’Europa

Elena Pavan and Manuela Caiani
By focusing on the websites of extreme right organizations in six European countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) and by making a combined use of digital research tools and social network analysis, we explore how extreme right organizations make a strategic use of ICTs to connect in the online space and the arguments they move forward to criticize and reform current projects of European integration. Our results suggest that ICTs sustain the construction of inconvenient solidarities in heterogeneous ways, supporting different modes of online conversations amongst extreme right websites which, in turn, affect their capacity to propose shared critiques and proposals to reform the European Union.