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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Stefan Malthaner

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Stefan Malthaner is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Sciences and Government at Aarhus University, Denmark and is investigator in the EU funded research project “PRIME” (Preventing, Interdicting, and Mitigating Lone Actor Extremist Events). Previously, he was Marie Curie Fellow and Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, researcher at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG) in Bielefeld, Germany, and a member of the Research Group “Micropolitics of Armed Group” at Humboldt University Berlin. He has done extensive field research on militant movements and armed groups in Egypt, Lebanon, Germany, Great Britain, and Peru, with a particular focus on the relationship between militant movements and their social environment as well as on processes of conflict escalation and transformation. Among his publications are “Mobilizing the Faithful: Militant Islamist Groups and their Constituencies” (Campus, 2011); “Dynamics of Political Violence” (Ed., with Lorenzo Bosi and Chares Demetriou, Ashgate 2014), “Radical Milieus” (Ed., with Peter Waldmann, Campus, 2011), and “Control of Violence” (Ed., with Wilhelm Heitmeyer et al., Springer 2011). He holds a PhD in Sociology from Augsburg University, Germany, and a M.A. in Political Science, Sociology, and International Law from the University of Bonn.

News

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.

16/06/2018

Martin Portos wins the Juan J. Linz Prize to the Best thesis in Political Science 2017

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Martin Portos was just awarded with the Juan J. Linz Prize to the Best thesis in Political Science 2017 with his tesis “Voicing outrage, contending with austerity. Mobilization in Spain under the Great Recession”, realized under the supervision of prof. Donatella della Porta.

18/05/2018

Donatella della Porta at the Belleuve Forum in Berlin - May 23, 2018

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On May 23rd, 2018, the Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier talks with Donatella della Porta, Christoph Möllers and David Van Reybrouck about anti-politics, anti-establishment and the dangers of indifference to the political to address the 2018 topic of the Forum "Society without Politics - Testing Liberal Democracies".

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Comparing hybrid media systems in the digital age: A theoretical framework for analysis

Alice Mattoni and Diego Ceccobelli
The relationship between media and politics today is deeply entrenched in the wide use of information and communication technologies to the point that scholars speak about the emergence of hybrid media systems in which older and newer media logics combine. However, it is still unclear how the configuration of hybrid media systems changes across countries today, especially with regard to the interconnection between media and politics. The article develops a theoretical framework to capture such national differences.

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.