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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

06/10/2017

Open Democracy Post - "The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below

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Although some still conceive of the referendum as launched by a pro-independence vanguard, the elite story falls short of explaining the resilient participation of a large part of Catalan civil society. This post at Open Democracy addresses this issue from a different angle.

24/09/2017

New Publication Out - "Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis"

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A timely publication to shed light on the link between social movements that formed as a consequence of the 2008 financial crash and the referendums' dynamic and results.

25/08/2017

Donatella Della Porta con Yanis Varoufakis alla 13esima conferenza ESA

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Wednesday, August 30th (8pm-9.30pm) professor della Porta, who directs the Center on Social Movement Studies(Cosmos), will dialogue with Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Minister of Finance during the first Tsipras government, about the future of Europe and the social consequences of neoliberal economies

Publications

Monograph - 2018

Social Movements and Civil War : When Protests for Democratization Fail

Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker , Bogumila Hall , Emin Poljarevic
This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements' struggles for democracy ends up in civil war.

Monograph - 2017

Social movements and referendums from below. Direct democracy in the neoliberal crisis

Donatella Della Porta, Francis O'Connor, Martin Portos and Anna Subirats Ribas
Out now "Social movements and referendum from below", the first book that bridges the gap between social movement studies and research on direct democracy. It draws on social movement theory to understand the nature of popular mobilisation in referendums using unique case studies such as the referendum on independence in Scotland, the consultations on independence in Catalonia, the Italian referendum on water, the referendum on the Troika proposals in Greece and the referendum on the debt repayment in Iceland.