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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Mario Quaranta

Research Fellow

Mario Quaranta obtained a PhD in Political Science (cum laude) in 2013 from the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, Florence (Italy). He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore.

Previously, he was post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at LUISS University, Roma (Italy), where he still teaches “Political science” (BA) and “Quantitative methods for political research” (PhD).

He was 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 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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08/06/2017

Call for Papers - Cosmos Conference "The Contentious Politics of Higher Education. Student Movements in Late Neoliberalism"

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The Centre on Social Movement Studies, directed by Professor Donatella Della Porta, calls for papers addressing the recent global wave of student protests for a two-days conference to bel held in Florence, at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), on 15-16 November 2017.

19/05/2017

Video available for the International Conference – Beyond Borders: Refugees and Struggles in Europe Mobilization, Solidarity and Political Challenges in the Long Summer of Migration

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Watch the video of the International Conference – Beyond Borders, which was held at Palazzo Strozzi on May 12, 2017

19/05/2017

Marco Deseriis wins Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government

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Dr. Marco Deseriis, Marie Curie Fellow and Research Fellow at Cosmos, has won the Best Paper Award at the Cedem17 Conference for e-Democracy & Open Government (Danube University, Krems Au Donau, Austria)

Publications

Journal Article - 2017

Comparing Digital Protest Media Imaginaries: Anti-Austerity Movements in Greece, Italy & Spain

Emiliano Treré, Sandra Jeppensen and Alice Mattoni
Drawing on 60 semi­-structured interviews with activists involved in anti-austerity protests, the article brings together social movement studies and communications theories to compare digital protest media imaginaries in Greece, Spain and Italy

Journal Article - 2017

Technopopulism: The Emergence of a Discursive Formation

Marco Deseriis
This article argues that technopopulism is an emerging discursive formation that arises from the convergence of two preexisting discourses: populism and technolibertarianism. Whereas these discourses are historically distinct the global financial crisis and the 2011 wave of struggles precipitated the political conditions for their intersection and hybridization.