The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Tobias Reinhardt

PhD candidate

Tobias Reinhardt is a PhD candidate in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore and a member of the Center on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS). He is currently working on the Kurdish movement and its solidarity movement in Europe, with a particular focus on the solidarity building processes. His research interests cover contentious politics, radical democracy, radical left movements and solidarity.

Tobias received his BA in Social Sciences and MA in Social Sciences at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He also studied at the University of Gothenburg. Tobias worked as a student assistant at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Women’s and Gender Studies (ZIFG) in the program “genderDynamics: Disciplinary Cultures and Research Organizations in Physics”.

Research interests: Contentious politics, solidarity movements, kurdish movement, radical left, and transnationalism



Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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


Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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).


ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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.


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.