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



Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.


Call for papers: "The Nation and the Radical Left - Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics"

The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.


Call for papers: “Class without consciousness” – The Politics of Fragmented Class Identities

The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 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.