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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Riccardo Emilio Chesta

Research Fellow

Riccardo Emilio Chesta is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Scuola Normale Superiore. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Trento, a M.A. in Social Sciences from the EHESS and ENS Paris, and a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. He has been Teaching Assistant in Sociological Theory at the University of Trento, Research Assistant for the University of Toulouse and Visiting Scholar at the Urban Democracy Lab, New York University. He is a contributor to Sociologica. Italian Journal of Sociology, and he collaborates with the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation in Milan. His work has investigated the dilemmas of expertise and political contention focusing on the relations between expertise and activism on large-infrastructural projects and on industrial plants. He is currently working on digital capitalism, industry 4.0 and their consequences for collective action

 

Research interests: social theory, Sociology of Knowledge & Expertise, Contentious politics, political economy, and Sociology of Innovation & Technology

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

Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara
Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian CasaPound.

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.