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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Raffaele Bazurli

PhD candidate

Raffaele was born in Gubbio (Italy, 1989). Since November 2015, he is a PhD candidate in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, under the supervision of prof. Donatella della Porta and the co-supervision of prof. Manuela Caiani. He mainly works at the intersection between public policy and social movement studies, adopting both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. His PhD dissertation concerns migration policy, as well as social movements by, in solidarity with, and against migrants – especially in the context of South European cities. He earned a BSc in Economics and Management for Arts, Culture and Communication at Bocconi University, Milan, where he graduated in 2011 with a thesis on Max Weber’s political thought. At the same university, in 2014, he got a MSc (cum laude) in Economics and Management of Public Administration and International Institutions, also spending a semester at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. For his master thesis, he extensively studied the protests against the New Turin-Lyon Line, an infrastructural project involving Italy and France, looking at the patterns of political participation and their policy outcomes. In 2013-2015 he worked as a teaching and research assistant at Bocconi University. There, he participated at various research projects funded by the EU on public administration, social innovation, and civic engagement.

Research interests: public policy, Immigration, Contentious politics, and Local government

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.