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Pietro Castelli Gattinara di Zubiena

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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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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

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.

Journal Article - 2018

Mobilizing in transnational contentious spaces: linking relations, emotions and space in migrant activism

Elias Steinhilper
The article illustrates how the transnational spaces most migrants inhabit can be politicized and transformed into particular social formations, for which the term ‘transnational contentious spaces’ is suggested.