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 - International Conference on Feminist Alliances

The conference will focus on the role played by discourses, practices and politics in the construction and political consequences of feminist alliances with inequalities defined by class, race/ethnicity, citizenship, age, disability and sexuality.


Call for Papers - International Conference The Contentious Politics of Solidarity

The conference will focus on the contestation of acts of solidarity by counter-movements and the state, as well as on resistance to it by migrant and pro-migrant movements.


Donatella della Porta on the Growing Criminalization of Protest

The criminalization of protest is growing: there are many signals of this both in ‘hybrid’ regimes and in democratic countries. In this interview, Donatella della Porta discusses the dynamics and consequences of such trend.


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.

Monograph - 2018

Political Strategies and Social Movements in Latin America. The Zapatistas and Bolivian Cocaleros

Leonidas Oikonomakis
This book investigates how social movements form their political strategies in their quest for social change and -when they shift from one strategy to another- why and how that happens.