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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

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.