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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

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.