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Cosmos

The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Oleg Zhuravlev

PhD candidate

I was born in the Soviet Union, in Russia in 1987. I began doing research in sociology while I was a student at Moscow State University. During my time at Moscow State University, I took part in an informal scholarly seminar where we studied contemporary western sociology and began our own research projects. This interaction with ambitious students and colleagues outside my university, my attendance of scholarly conferences, and my own independent reading of the contemporary sociological literature enabled me to develop a critical viewpoint on higher education in Russia. In 2007, the students from the Moscow State University sociology department who took part in this informal seminar formed the core of a pressure group whose goal was to improve the quality of the education provided by our department. When I was forced to leave Moscow State University as a result of my involvement with this protest group, I realized that self-education would not enable me to become a qualified sociologist. Therefore I completed my bachelor’s degree at the Institute of Sociology (Russian Academy of Sciences) and then enrolled in the master’s program at the European University in Saint Petersburg. I began to research university conflicts in various countries while simultaneously continuing my practical involvement with student and university protest and reform movements by participating in seminars and conferences with Russian and foreign students and teachers interested in the reform and democratization of higher education, and by participating in grassroots self-education initiatives. At present, several of my colleagues and I have succeeded in organizing the research group, involving young scholars, focused on the subject of politicization and a role of transformations of social networks in this process. I hope to continue our collective research while doing Ph.D. in EUI by linking different research activities.

Research interests  : depoliticization, politicization, youth, political socialization, movement

Research interests: depoliticization, politicization, youth, political socialization, and movement

News

06/10/2017

Open Democracy Post - "The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below

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Although some still conceive of the referendum as launched by a pro-independence vanguard, the elite story falls short of explaining the resilient participation of a large part of Catalan civil society. This post at Open Democracy addresses this issue from a different angle.

24/09/2017

New Publication Out - "Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis"

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A timely publication to shed light on the link between social movements that formed as a consequence of the 2008 financial crash and the referendums' dynamic and results.

25/08/2017

Donatella Della Porta con Yanis Varoufakis alla 13esima conferenza ESA

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Wednesday, August 30th (8pm-9.30pm) professor della Porta, who directs the Center on Social Movement Studies(Cosmos), will dialogue with Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Minister of Finance during the first Tsipras government, about the future of Europe and the social consequences of neoliberal economies

Publications

Monograph - 2018

Social Movements and Civil War : When Protests for Democratization Fail

Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker , Bogumila Hall , Emin Poljarevic
This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements' struggles for democracy ends up in civil war.

Monograph - 2017

Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis

Donatella Della Porta, Francis O'Connor, Martin Portos and Anna Subirats Ribas
Out now "Social movements and referendum from below", the first book that bridges the gap between social movement studies and research on direct democracy. It draws on social movement theory to understand the nature of popular mobilisation in referendums using unique case studies such as the referendum on independence in Scotland, the consultations on independence in Catalonia, the Italian referendum on water, the referendum on the Troika proposals in Greece and the referendum on the debt repayment in Iceland.