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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Swen Hutter

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Swen Hutter is a post-doctoral research fellow at the European University Institute where he works in the context of the ERC project “Political Conflict in Europe in the Shadow of the Great Recession” (POLCON). Before coming to the EUI, he was a researcher and reader in comparative politics at the University of Munich. In 2012/2013, he was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. Hutter studied political science at the Universities of Zurich and Växjö (Sweden) and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Munich. In January 2011, he defended his dissertation Protest politics and the right-populist turn: A comparative study of six West European countries. Studying the relationship between protest and electoral politics is one of the key contributions of the dissertation, which aims to link research on the populist radical right with research on social movements. Currently, Hutter is coordinating a comparative research project on the politicization of European integration. Again, the project looks at different political actors and arenas to obtain a comprehensive picture of the conflicts over Europe since the 1970s (including election campaigns, public debates, and protest events).

Research interests: comparative politics, political cleavages, and social movements and political parties

News

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

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.

Publications

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.

Journal Article - 2018

Mobilizing in transnational contentious spaces: linking relations, emotions and space in migrant activism

Elias Steinhilper
The article illustrates how the transnational spaces most migrants inhabit can be politicized and transformed into particular social formations, for which the term ‘transnational contentious spaces’ is suggested.