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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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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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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.