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Cosmos

The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Riccardo Emilio Chesta

PhD candidate

Phd Researcher in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute, Florence, I previously studied Sociology at the University of Trento (B.A.), History and Social Sciences at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (M.Res.). In 2011-12 I’ve spent a semester as visiting student at the Humboldt University, Berlin and in 2012-13 I have been Teaching Assistant in Sociological Theory and Sociology of War at the University of Trento. In 2013 I’ve been working as Research Assistant for a project on The Citizens Mobilizations against Chemical Risk in Porto Marghera (Italy) financed by the University of Toulouse 3 – Paul Sabatier. My Phd dissertation investigates the mobilization of expertise and knowledge in contentious politics, and specifically environmental conflicts. I’m using contributions from sociology of knowledge, expertise and ideas, social movements studies and contentious politics

 

Research interests: sociological theory, historical sociology, sociology of ideas and knowledge, political sociology, and cultural sociology

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.