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The Centre on Social Movement Studies

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Teije Hidde Donker

Research Fellow

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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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.