The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Stefania Milan


Stefania Milan is an Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the founding director of the Data J Lab dedicated to ‘Big Data’ analytics (currently relocating from Tilburg University to Amsterdam).Before joining the University of Amsterdam, she was an Assistant Prof. of Data Journalism at Tilburg University (2012-2014). She is also a member of The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, and an associate at the Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University. She is curious about social movements, emancipatory communication practices, the interplay between technologies and society, the politics of code, and digital research methods. Stefania received her PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute in 2009. She is the author of ‘Wiring Social Movements’ (Palgrave, 2013), and co-author of ‘Media/Society’ (Sage, 2011), and of a number of peer-reviewed articles. She regularly consults with NGOs and public administrations, including the Italian Ministry of Education, University, and Research. Stefania is also a journalist and member of the UK National Union of Journalists. She currently lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.




Research interests: social movements, cyberactivism, the politics of code, social media and politics, and digital research methods

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"Standing up for Science" - a documentary by Dieter Rucht

A documentary by Dieter Rucht on the 2017 March for Science in Washington, D.C. - now available on YouTube.


COSMOS Talks Calendar - Second Semester 2018

Read here the full calendar of the COSMOS Talks Series


Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics

We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the 1st Summer School of the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy on ‘Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics’, sponsored by the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX), the European Council for Political Research (ECPR), and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).


Edited Volume - 2018

Solidarity Mobilizations in the ‘Refugee Crisis’. Contentious Moves

Donatella della Porta (ed.)
This edited volume ddresses a gap in research on social movements that has disregarded the origins of discontent and overlooks protest as a resource of the powerless; it offers insight into how the movement of refugees across the European Union and elsewhere activates political opportunities; it explores claims to citizenship made by refugees within processes of knowledge production and the mobilization of emotions

Journal Article - 2017

Reshaping Citizenship through Collective Action: Performative and Prefigurative Practices in the 2013–2014 Cycle of Contention in Bosnia & Hercegovina

Chiara Milan
This essay analyses the strategic practices adopted by social movement actors during the 2013 and 2014 mobilisations in Bosnia & Hercegovina. By bridging critical citizenship studies with literature on social movements, it classifies them as belonging to the realm of activist citizenship, but also as having a performative and prefigurative dimension.