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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

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).

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.

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.

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.