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Teije Hidde Donker

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Teije Hidde Donker (Zwijndrecht, 1983) received his Bsc. from the Radboud University Nijmegen (2006) Msc. in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam (2008). During and after his studies he worked at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael in the Hague and held a research position at the University of Amsterdam. From January until May 2013 he was a visiting student at the Near Eastern Studies department at Princeton University. He has worked and lived in Syria, Egypt and Tunisia for over two years and speaks fluent Arabic.

Teije Hidde’s research interests lie at the intersection of Middle East area studies, social movements studies and the sociology of Islam. He studies mobilization strategies of Islamist movements in Arab regimes affected by the Arab Spring, specifically focusing on mobilization aimed at state bureaucracies and public organizations. His thesis, defended on 17 October 2013, built on a paired-comparison between Syria and Tunisia, using Egypt, Libya and Yemen as shadow cases.

He is currently residing in Istanbul, Turkey, gaining fluency in Turkish while being affiliated locally with the Institute Français des Etudes Anatoliennes (IFEA). Concurrently he is a temporary research assistant (February-April 2014) at the Mobilizing 4 Democracy project and set to start a three year post-doc at the University of Bergen (Norway), starting August 2014.

 

Research interests: Social Movement Studies, Islamism, and Tunisia and Syria

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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.