The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Silvia Carenzi

PhD candidate

Silvia Carenzi is a PhD candidate in Transnational Governance, a program jointly offered by Scuola Normale Superiore and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. Her research interests are focused on militant Islamism in Europe and in the MENA region. In particular, her doctoral project aims to examine the political preferences of jihadist groups in Syria and Libya through a Social Movement Studies framework, to understand why they opt for local- and/or global-oriented strategies.

Silvia holds a Master’s Degree in Foreign Languages applied to International Relations (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan). Before joining Scuola Normale Superiore, she worked as a researcher at the Center on Radicalization and International Terrorism, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), where she conducted research on foreign fighters, jihadist radicalization and recruitment in Europe, as well as Islamist actors in the MENA countries.

Research interests: militant islamism, political violence in Europre and in the MENA region, and non-state actors in the MENA region



Call for Papers - Social Movements and Parties in a Fractured Media Landscape

The call for papers is now open for a two-day symposium held under the auspices of the journal ‘Information, Communication & Society’ (iCS) at the Centre on Social Movement Studies, 1-2 July 2019.


A dialogue on labour, trade unions and conflicts

On the 22nd of March, from 4pm to 7pm, Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore) and Maurizio Landini (Secretary General of CGIL) will discuss about labour, trade unions and conflicts.


Applications now open! Third Edition of the Summer School on Methods for the Study of Political Participation and Mobilisation

Applicants must send their application materials no later than March the 17th 2019.


Journal Article - 2019

Ballots and barricades enhanced: far‐right ‘movement parties’ and movement‐electoral interactions

Andrea Pirro
This contribution enhances our understanding of the contemporary far right by focusing on the neglected links between movements and elections within the broader context of contention.

Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.