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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

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.