The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Priska Daphi

Visiting Scholar

Priska Daphi is a research associate at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt and founding member of the Institute for Protest and Social Movement Studies in Berlin. Currently, she is a visiting fellow at the Centre for Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at the European University Institute. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the Humboldt-University Berlin and a MSc in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Her research focuses on cultural dimensions of social movements, in particular collective identity and memory, as well as on (dis)continuities in and between movement cycles. During her stay at COSMOS she is working on a project on disengagement funded by the Humboldt-Foundation. At the University of Frankfurt she is involved in a project on processes of radicalization and deradicalization in transnational social movements funded by the German Research Foundation. She is co-editor of the book Conceptualizing Culture in Social Movement Research (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Research interests: social movements, political participation, cultural sociology, collective identity, memory, (dis-)continuities, and transnational mobilisation



"Standing up for Science" - a documentary by Dieter Rucht

A documentary by Dieter Rucht on the 2017 March for Science in Washington, D.C. - now available on YouTube.


COSMOS Talks Calendar - Second Semester 2018

Read here the full calendar of the COSMOS Talks Series


Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics

We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the 1st Summer School of the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy on ‘Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics’, sponsored by the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX), the European Council for Political Research (ECPR), and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).


Edited Volume - 2018

Solidarity Mobilizations in the ‘Refugee Crisis’. Contentious Moves

Donatella della Porta (ed.)
This edited volume ddresses a gap in research on social movements that has disregarded the origins of discontent and overlooks protest as a resource of the powerless; it offers insight into how the movement of refugees across the European Union and elsewhere activates political opportunities; it explores claims to citizenship made by refugees within processes of knowledge production and the mobilization of emotions

Journal Article - 2017

Reshaping Citizenship through Collective Action: Performative and Prefigurative Practices in the 2013–2014 Cycle of Contention in Bosnia & Hercegovina

Chiara Milan
This essay analyses the strategic practices adopted by social movement actors during the 2013 and 2014 mobilisations in Bosnia & Hercegovina. By bridging critical citizenship studies with literature on social movements, it classifies them as belonging to the realm of activist citizenship, but also as having a performative and prefigurative dimension.