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Cosmos

The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Parthena Xanthopolou-Dimitriadou

PhD candidate

I received my bachelor in Sociology from the Aegean University, Greece, MSc in Social Policy and Social Interventions from Utrecht University, the Netherlands and MSc in Social Organization and Social Change from University of Crete, Greece. I have completed the Pedagogical Training Program for Secondary Education teachers of the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education in Greece. I have worked in the Department of Research and Documentation of the therapeutic community ITHAKI of the Therapy Center for Dependent Individuals, in Greece, and in the NGO ARSIS, for the reception and service of benefiters, councelling, social history reporting, monitoring unaccompanied minor immigrant-asylum seeker on regular meetings, reporting questionnaire for ARSIS’ research project on homelessness in Thessaloniki, and having the main responsibility for the organization and maintenance of the central archive of the organization. I have also worked as a freelance translator (English/Greek, Greek/English) and teacher for students of secondary education. My research in the EUI is taking place under the supervision of Donatella della Porta and is titled: “Populist Social Movements in Southern Europe: Limitations and Potentials. A comparative analysis of Portugal, Spain and Greece.”

Research interests: populism, identity formation, heterogeneity, horizontal organization, emotions and feelings of solidarity in social movements.

 

Research interests: populism, identity formation, heterogeneity, horizontal organization, and emotions and feelings of solidarity in social movements

News

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.