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Mate Nikola Tokic

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Mate Nikola Tokic is assistant professor of modern European and East European history at The American University in Cairo. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (2007), MA from the London School of Economics (1996) and BA from Goucher College (1995). Before coming to the AUC, Tokic was a postdoctoral fellow in the Freie Universität Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies and a Jean Monnet Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute’s Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) in Florence, Italy. At the RSCAS, Dr. Tokic was a member of the European Forum that addressed the topic “Political Violence and Terrorism: Patterns of Radicalization in Political Activism.” Professor Tokic’s current research is on migration and transnational political violence in post-war Europe. Specifically, his work explores the radicalization of certain segments of the émigré Croat population in the three decades following World War II and the processes that led them to adopt terrorism as an acceptable form of political expression.

His research examines how both patterns of migration and changes in the realities of the Cold War political landscape directly shaped the strategies of Croatian separatist groups outside of Yugoslavia. Although relatively unknown, Croatian separatists were globally among the most active terrorists of the 1960s and 70s. More broadly, Professor Tokic’s academic interests centre on the relationship among history, memory and nation in modern Europe, particularly under State Socialism.

 

 

Research interests: nation and nationalities in Yugoslavia, migration politics, radicalization, political violence, and social memory

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09/11/2018

Donatella della Porta on the Growing Criminalization of Protest

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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.

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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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).

Publications

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.