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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Pietro Castelli Gattinara di Zubiena

Research Fellow

Pietro Castelli Gattinara joined Cosmos in 2015. He is currently research fellow in political science and sociology at Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence. He is currently involved in a comparative research project studying the consequences of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks on public debates in Europe, focusing on critical junctures and deliberation processes in the public sphere. In previous years, he worked in comparative projects on extreme right mobilization, local politics of migration, and electoral campaigning and political communication. After obtaining his PhD at the European University Institute, with a dissertation on party competition on migration in Italy, he joined the department of Politics of the University of Leicester, where he worked on governmental responsiveness to public opinion and protest, and on the political participation of migrants. In 2013 and 2014 he was teaching fellow of Comparative Politics and European Politics at Sciences-Po Paris. From 2015, he has been teaching Minority Politics and Far Right Politics at Monash University, Prato. He is a member of the ECPR standing group on Extremism and Democracy. His interests lie, especially, in the study of comparative politics, social movements, the far right and the politics of immigration in Europe.

He publishes in English and Italian. His most recent publications include: The politics of migration in Italy: local, party and electoral perspectives (Routledge, 2016), and “Neo-fascist mobilization in contemporary Italy: Ideology and repertoire of action of CasaPound Italia”, Journal for deradicalization, Vol. 2 (1), pp. 86-118, 2015.

Research interests: comparative politics, ethnic and migration studies, far-right politics, and political communication

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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.