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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Prisicilla Álamos-Concha

Visiting Scholar

I am PhD candidate in Political Science at the Université catholique de Louvain. Currently I am Visiting PhD student at EUI under the supervision of Mrs. Donatella Della Porta, studying the Political Violence (theoretical & empirical) under a comparative approach.My PhD thesis addresses the causes and mechanisms of the mass mobilization in overthrowing political regimes in MENA countries in a micro-macro level. I develop a Multi-Method Research Design, combining Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Process-Tracing (PT), in order to find out different pathways that contribute to the outcome, and to explore the causal forces between those configurations and the outcome, respectively. I have been Visiting PhD student at the Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines en Algérie (CEMA) as well as Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) of the University of Exeter, under the supervision of the Dr. Jonathan Githens-Mazer. In both experiences I focused on the role of the agency, memories and ethnicity in the collective action, specifically in a micro-level. I am also engaged in the COMPASSS international research group  on systematic comparative methods led by prof. Benoît Rihoux (UCLouvain) and whose works is being published in Political Research Quarterly 2013, 66(1) and Revue International de Politique Comparée 2013 (forthcoming).

 

Research interests: Social Movements & Revolution, Middle East & North Africa, Qualitative Comparative Analysis, Social Research Methods, and Concepts in Social Sciences

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

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.