The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Visiting Cosmos

You are more than welcome to spend some of your time at COSMOS to develop/improve/share your research!

Visiting requests must be sent to and will be managed by the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, where COSMOS is based.

If you are a PhD student, please refer to the VISITING STUDENTS page on the Scuola Normale Superiore website.

If you are a Post Doc, a Researcher or a Professor, please refer to the VISITING OPPORTUNITIES page on the Scuola Normale Superiore website, where you will find more information and the form to fill in order to visit the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Has your visiting request been accepted already?

Please download the Visiting Vademecum, where you will find a set of useful information to make the best out of your visiting period.



"Standing up for Science" - a documentary by Dieter Rucht

A documentary by Dieter Rucht on the 2017 March for Science in Washington, D.C. - now available on YouTube.


COSMOS Talks Calendar - Second Semester 2018

Read here the full calendar of the COSMOS Talks Series


Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics

We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the 1st Summer School of the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy on ‘Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics’, sponsored by the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX), the European Council for Political Research (ECPR), and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).


Edited Volume - 2018

Solidarity Mobilizations in the ‘Refugee Crisis’. Contentious Moves

Donatella della Porta (ed.)
This edited volume ddresses a gap in research on social movements that has disregarded the origins of discontent and overlooks protest as a resource of the powerless; it offers insight into how the movement of refugees across the European Union and elsewhere activates political opportunities; it explores claims to citizenship made by refugees within processes of knowledge production and the mobilization of emotions

Journal Article - 2017

Reshaping Citizenship through Collective Action: Performative and Prefigurative Practices in the 2013–2014 Cycle of Contention in Bosnia & Hercegovina

Chiara Milan
This essay analyses the strategic practices adopted by social movement actors during the 2013 and 2014 mobilisations in Bosnia & Hercegovina. By bridging critical citizenship studies with literature on social movements, it classifies them as belonging to the realm of activist citizenship, but also as having a performative and prefigurative dimension.