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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Stefania Voli

Research Fellow

Stefania Voli is a researcher member in EURYKA (H2020) at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at Scuola Normale Superiore.

She holds a Phd in Citizenship, Rights and Gender Equality in Modern and Contemporary History (University of L’Orientale Naples), with a dissertation on Radical Left Movements in the 70s Italy. In 2016 she earned a second Phd in Applied Sociology and Social Research Methodology at the University of Milan-Bicocca, working on Transgender Rights and Citizenship in current Italy.

Currently is teaching Assistant in Global Cultures at the University of Bologna. From 2015 to 2017 she has taught Italian Contemporary History and Gender, Race and Representation in Italy with CIEE (Council of International Educational Exchange), of Ferrara, Italy. She is on the board of the Italian Association of Women Historians (SIS) and of its Summer School.

She conducted extensive researches on Radical Left Movements and Politcal violence in 70s Italy, Feminist and Trans Movements, political violence in Contemporary Italy, Citizenship and Trans experience in current Italy.

Research interests: gender studies, feminist, social and political movements, contemporary italian history, oral history, and qualitative research

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.