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Director

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Donatella della Porta
Director

Faculty

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Lorenzo Bosi
Faculty
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Manuela Caiani
Faculty
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Marco Deseriis
Faculty
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Andrea Felicetti
Faculty
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Cesar Guzman-Concha
Faculty
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Chiara Milan
Faculty
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Lorenzo Zamponi
Faculty

Research Fellows

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Federico Alagna
Research Fellow
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Giada Bonu Rosenkranz
Research Fellow
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Daniela Chironi
Research Fellow
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Stella Christou
Research Fellow
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Jacopo Custodi
Research Fellow
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Federica Frazzetta
Research Fellow
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Ofra Klein
Research Fellow
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Karlo Kralj
Research Fellow
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Eugene Nulman
Research Fellow
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Giuliana Sorci
Research Fellow

PhD Candidates

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Angela Adami
PhD candidate
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Irina Aguiari
PhD candidate
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Natasha Debora Aidoo
PhD candidate
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Pietro Autorino
PhD candidate
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Costanza Azzuppardi
PhD candidate
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Anastasia Barone
PhD candidate
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Jamievee Bautista
PhD candidate
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Gabriele Beretta
PhD candidate
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Jonas Bergan Draege
PhD candidate
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Rosa Burc
PhD candidate
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Silvia Carenzi
PhD candidate
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Florian Carl
PhD candidate
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Giuseppe Cugnata
PhD candidate
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Sarah ElMasry
PhD candidate
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Batuhan Eren
PhD candidate
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Alice Ferro
PhD candidate
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Stefano Filippini
PhD candidate
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Francesca Fortarezza
PhD candidate
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Maria Chiara Franceschelli
PhD candidate
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Felix Fritsch
PhD candidate
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Silvia Frosina
PhD candidate
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Gemma Gasseau
PhD candidate
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Francesco Gatti
PhD candidate
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Delina Goxho
PhD candidate
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Hande Dönmez Gülenoğlu
PhD candidate
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Mihály Gyimesi
PhD candidate
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Walter Haeusl
PhD candidate
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Joana Lilli Hofstetter
PhD candidate
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Lucie Hunter
PhD candidate
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Damla Keşkekci
PhD candidate
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Lydia Letsch
PhD candidate
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Alessandra Lo Piccolo
PhD candidate
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Lorenzo Lodi
PhD candidate
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Ahmed Samy Loft
PhD candidate
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Katarína Lukáčová
PhD candidate
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Carla Mannino
PhD candidate
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Laura Mendoza Sandoval
PhD candidate
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Daniela Musina
PhD candidate
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Deniz Nihan Aktan
PhD candidate
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Nicolò Pennucci
PhD candidate
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Giuseppe Platania
PhD candidate
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Fiorenzo Polito
PhD candidate
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Dorothea Pozzato
PhD candidate
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Tobias Reinhardt
PhD candidate
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Greta Rossi
PhD candidate
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Valerii Saenko
PhD candidate
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Federica Stagni
PhD candidate
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Maria Nicola Stragapede
PhD candidate
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Stefano Tortorici
PhD candidate
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Ivan Tranfić
PhD candidate
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Lorenzo Velotti
PhD candidate
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Sophia Wathne
PhD candidate

Members

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Javier Alcalde
Member
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Massimiliano Andretta
Member
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Kivanc Atak
Member
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Phillip Ayoub
Member
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Francesco Bagnardi
Member
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Philip Balsiger
Member
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Raffaele Bazurli
Member
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Lars Erik Berntzen
Member
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Niccolò Bertuzzi
Member
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Carlotta Caciagli
Member
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Loris Caruso
Member
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Tiago Carvalho
Member
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Pietro Castelli Gattinara di Zubiena
Member
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Diego Ceccobelli
Member
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Matteo Cernison
Member
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Riccardo Emilio Chesta
Member
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Luisa Chiodi
Member
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Lorenzo Cini
Member
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Giorgia Concetti
Member
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Ayça Çubukçu
Member
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Donagh Davis
Member
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Elena del Giorgio
Member
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Chares Demetrious
Member
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Eleonora Desiata
Member
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Nicole Doerr
Member
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Teije Hidde Donker
Member
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Julia Eckert
Member
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Konstantinos Eleftehriadis
Member
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Tiago Fernandes
Member
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Mayo Fuster Morell
Member
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Hans Jonas Gunzelmann
Member
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Leila Hadj-Abdou
Member
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Bogumila Hall
Member
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Robert Hemker
Member
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Helge Hiram Jensen
Member
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Swen Hutter
Member
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Xabier Itçaina
Member
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Hara Kouki
Member
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Joldon Kutmanaliev
Member
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Anna Lavizzari
Member
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Hugo Joel Leal
Member
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Marion Lecoquierre
Member
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Lasse Lindekilde
Member
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Linda Lund Pedersen
Member
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Måns Robert Lundstedt
Member
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Arianna Mainardi
Member
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Haris Malamidis
Member
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Stefan Malthaner
Member
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Raffaele Marchetti
Member
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Juan Masullo J.
Member
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Alice Mattoni
Member
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Georgia Mavrodi
Member
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Aidan McGarry
Member
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Mariana Mendes
Member
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Stefania Milan
Member
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Pierre Monforte
Member
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Lorenzo Mosca
Member
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Francis O' Connor
Member
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Leonidas Oikonomakis
Member
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Didem Oral
Member
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Enrico Padoan
Member
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Cinzia Padovani
Member
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Louisa Parks
Member
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Elena Pavan
Member
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Timothy Peace
Member
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Grzegorz Piotrowski
Member
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Sonia Pires
Member
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Andrea L. P. Pirro
Member
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Emin Poljarevic
Member
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Martín Portos García
Member
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Mario Quaranta
Member
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Daniela R. Piccio
Member
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Herbert Reiter
Member
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Daniel Ritter
Member
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Anja Röcke
Member
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Eduardo Romanos
Member
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Julia Rone
Member
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Federico M. Rossi
Member
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Salvatore Sberna
Member
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Galina Selivanova
Member
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Davide Serafino
Member
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Ivan Stefanovski
Member
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Elias Steinhilper
Member
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Anna Subirats Ribas
Member
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Julien Talpin
Member
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Mate Nikola Tokic
Member
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Emiliano Treré
Member
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Sanjin Uležić
Member
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Aberto Vannucci
Member
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Giorgos Venizelos
Member
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Markos Vogiatzoglou
Member
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Stefania Voli
Member
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Jana Warkotsch
Member
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Manès Weisskircher
Member
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Linus Westheuser
Member
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Parthena Xanthopolou-Dimitriadou
Member
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Oleg Zhuravlev
Member

Visiting Scholars

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Prisicilla Álamos-Concha
Visiting Scholar
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Viviana Asara
Visiting Scholar
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Romain Bonnet
Visiting Scholar
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Priska Daphi
Visiting Scholar
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Gary T. Marx
Visiting Scholar
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Cédric Masse
Visiting Scholar
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Claudius Wagemann
Visiting Scholar
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Tuomas Yla-Anttila
Visiting Scholar

Research Fellows

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Federico Alagna
Research Fellow
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Giada Bonu Rosenkranz
Research Fellow
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Daniela Chironi
Research Fellow
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Stella Christou
Research Fellow
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Jacopo Custodi
Research Fellow
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Federica Frazzetta
Research Fellow
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Ofra Klein
Research Fellow
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Karlo Kralj
Research Fellow
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Eugene Nulman
Research Fellow
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Giuliana Sorci
Research Fellow

PhD Candidates

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Angela Adami
PhD candidate
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Irina Aguiari
PhD candidate
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Natasha Debora Aidoo
PhD candidate
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Pietro Autorino
PhD candidate
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Costanza Azzuppardi
PhD candidate
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Anastasia Barone
PhD candidate
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Jamievee Bautista
PhD candidate
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Gabriele Beretta
PhD candidate
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Jonas Bergan Draege
PhD candidate
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Rosa Burc
PhD candidate
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Silvia Carenzi
PhD candidate
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Florian Carl
PhD candidate
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Giuseppe Cugnata
PhD candidate
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Sarah ElMasry
PhD candidate
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Batuhan Eren
PhD candidate
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Alice Ferro
PhD candidate
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Stefano Filippini
PhD candidate
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Francesca Fortarezza
PhD candidate
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Maria Chiara Franceschelli
PhD candidate
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Felix Fritsch
PhD candidate
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Silvia Frosina
PhD candidate
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Gemma Gasseau
PhD candidate
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Francesco Gatti
PhD candidate
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Delina Goxho
PhD candidate
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Hande Dönmez Gülenoğlu
PhD candidate
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Mihály Gyimesi
PhD candidate
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Walter Haeusl
PhD candidate
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Joana Lilli Hofstetter
PhD candidate
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Lucie Hunter
PhD candidate
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Damla Keşkekci
PhD candidate
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Lydia Letsch
PhD candidate
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Alessandra Lo Piccolo
PhD candidate
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Lorenzo Lodi
PhD candidate
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Ahmed Samy Loft
PhD candidate
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Katarína Lukáčová
PhD candidate
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Carla Mannino
PhD candidate
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Laura Mendoza Sandoval
PhD candidate
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Daniela Musina
PhD candidate
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Deniz Nihan Aktan
PhD candidate
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Nicolò Pennucci
PhD candidate
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Giuseppe Platania
PhD candidate
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Fiorenzo Polito
PhD candidate
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Dorothea Pozzato
PhD candidate
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Tobias Reinhardt
PhD candidate
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Greta Rossi
PhD candidate
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Valerii Saenko
PhD candidate
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Federica Stagni
PhD candidate
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Maria Nicola Stragapede
PhD candidate
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Stefano Tortorici
PhD candidate
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Ivan Tranfić
PhD candidate
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Lorenzo Velotti
PhD candidate
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Sophia Wathne
PhD candidate

Members

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Javier Alcalde
Member
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Massimiliano Andretta
Member
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Kivanc Atak
Member
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Phillip Ayoub
Member
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Francesco Bagnardi
Member
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Philip Balsiger
Member
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Raffaele Bazurli
Member
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Lars Erik Berntzen
Member
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Niccolò Bertuzzi
Member
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Carlotta Caciagli
Member
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Loris Caruso
Member
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Tiago Carvalho
Member
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Pietro Castelli Gattinara di Zubiena
Member
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Diego Ceccobelli
Member
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Matteo Cernison
Member
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Riccardo Emilio Chesta
Member
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Luisa Chiodi
Member
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Lorenzo Cini
Member
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Giorgia Concetti
Member
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Ayça Çubukçu
Member
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Donagh Davis
Member
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Elena del Giorgio
Member
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Chares Demetrious
Member
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Eleonora Desiata
Member
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Nicole Doerr
Member
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Teije Hidde Donker
Member
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Julia Eckert
Member
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Konstantinos Eleftehriadis
Member
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Tiago Fernandes
Member
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Mayo Fuster Morell
Member
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Hans Jonas Gunzelmann
Member
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Leila Hadj-Abdou
Member
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Bogumila Hall
Member
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Robert Hemker
Member
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Helge Hiram Jensen
Member
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Swen Hutter
Member
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Xabier Itçaina
Member
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Hara Kouki
Member
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Joldon Kutmanaliev
Member
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Anna Lavizzari
Member
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Hugo Joel Leal
Member
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Marion Lecoquierre
Member
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Lasse Lindekilde
Member
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Linda Lund Pedersen
Member
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Måns Robert Lundstedt
Member
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Arianna Mainardi
Member
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Haris Malamidis
Member
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Stefan Malthaner
Member
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Raffaele Marchetti
Member
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Juan Masullo J.
Member
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Alice Mattoni
Member
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Georgia Mavrodi
Member
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Aidan McGarry
Member
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Mariana Mendes
Member
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Stefania Milan
Member
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Pierre Monforte
Member
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Lorenzo Mosca
Member
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Francis O' Connor
Member
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Leonidas Oikonomakis
Member
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Didem Oral
Member
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Enrico Padoan
Member
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Cinzia Padovani
Member
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Louisa Parks
Member
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Elena Pavan
Member
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Timothy Peace
Member
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Grzegorz Piotrowski
Member
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Sonia Pires
Member
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Andrea L. P. Pirro
Member
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Emin Poljarevic
Member
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Martín Portos García
Member
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Mario Quaranta
Member
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Daniela R. Piccio
Member
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Herbert Reiter
Member
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Daniel Ritter
Member
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Anja Röcke
Member
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Eduardo Romanos
Member
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Julia Rone
Member
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Federico M. Rossi
Member
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Salvatore Sberna
Member
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Galina Selivanova
Member
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Davide Serafino
Member
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Ivan Stefanovski
Member
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Elias Steinhilper
Member
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Anna Subirats Ribas
Member
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Julien Talpin
Member
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Mate Nikola Tokic
Member
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Emiliano Treré
Member
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Sanjin Uležić
Member
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Aberto Vannucci
Member
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Giorgos Venizelos
Member
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Markos Vogiatzoglou
Member
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Stefania Voli
Member
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Jana Warkotsch
Member
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Manès Weisskircher
Member
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Linus Westheuser
Member
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Parthena Xanthopolou-Dimitriadou
Member
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Oleg Zhuravlev
Member

Visiting Scholars

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Prisicilla Álamos-Concha
Visiting Scholar
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Viviana Asara
Visiting Scholar
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Romain Bonnet
Visiting Scholar
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Priska Daphi
Visiting Scholar
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Gary T. Marx
Visiting Scholar
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Cédric Masse
Visiting Scholar
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Claudius Wagemann
Visiting Scholar
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Tuomas Yla-Anttila
Visiting Scholar

News

16/05/2023

CFP: Analyzing protest in the digital age. Challenges and opportunities in combining text and video sources

Organizers Donatella della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore Swen Hutter, Freie Universität Berlin & WZB Berlin Social Science Center Place and date WZB Berlin Social Science Center, December 7-8, 2023

22/02/2023

15 fully funded PhD positions

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The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, Italy is pleased to announce 15 PhD fellowships beginning on November 1, 2023. The deadline for applications is April 13, 2023.

16/02/2023

Applications now open! Fourth Edition of the ECPR-COSMOS Summer School on Methods for the Study of Political Participation and Mobilisation

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Applicants must send their application materials no later than March the 17th 2023.

10/01/2022

SNS announces 14 fully-funded PhD positions

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The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, Italy is pleased to announce 14 PhD fellowships beginning on November 1, 2022.

16/07/2021

Prof. della Porta to lead VolkswagenStiftung-funded ECSEuro project

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Reflecting the European challenge of transnational cooperation and multiple crises, this project asks how local political initiatives across Europe enact citizenship and solidarity and contribute to the vision of a more democratic Europe from below.

09/07/2021

SNS announces 7 fully-funded PhD positions

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The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore announces 7 fully-funded PhD positions. Deadline for applications: 21 August 2021.

Publications

Journal Article - 2023

Mutual aid and solidarity politics in times of emergency: direct social action and temporality in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic

Lorenzo Zamponi
From the spring of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing measures introduced created a series of social problems and needs that were partially addressed in Italy as well as in other countries by grassroots mutual aid initiatives. While many of these initiatives were strongly rooted in the Italian social movement and civil society landscape and the choice to engage in mutual aid activities was the result of long years of reflection and planning, the article shows how strongly the temporality of emergency affected the nature of these initiatives, their development and their outcomes, in particular with regard to the extraordinary number of people who volunteered and their relationship with politicisation processes.

Monograph - 2023

Populism and (Pop) Music

Manuela Caiani, Enrico Padoan
The book provides a detailed account of the links between production of popular culture to the rise of populism and contributes to studies on populism and popular culture in Italy, using a comparative approach and a cultural sociology perspective

Journal Article - 2023

Reflective Inclusion: Learning from Activists What Taking a Deliberative Stance Means.

Andrea Felicetti, Markus Holdo
We propose to adopt a principle we call “reflective inclusion,” which allows us to engage abductively with new actions that might expand and deepen our understanding of what deliberation may look like.

Journal Article - 2022

The mobilization for spatial justice in divided societies. Urban commons, trust reconstruction and socialist memory in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Chiara Milan
The article contributes to the urban studies literature and the study of social movements in divided societies by disclosing the distinctive features and mobilizing potential that the notion of urban commons retains in a war-torn society with a socialist legacy.

Journal Article - 2022

Populists in power and conspiracy theories

Andrea Pirro & Paul Taggart
Looking at three cases of populists in government – Orbán in Hungary, Trump in the United States, and Chávez in Venezuela – we examine the definition of conspiring elites (who), the circumstances under which conspiracy theories are propagated (when), and the ultimate purpose of conspiratorial framing (why).

Monograph - 2022

Resisting the Backlash: Street Protest in Italy

Donatella della Porta, Niccolò Bertuzzi, Daniela Chironi, Chiara Milan, Martín Portos & Lorenzo Zamponi
Drawing interview material, together with extensive data from the authors’ original social movement database, this book examines the development of social movements in resistance to perceived political "regression" and a growing right-wing backlash.

Journal Article - 2022

(Water) Bottles and (Street) Barricades: The Politicisation of Lifestyle-Centred Action in Youth Climate Strike Participation

Lorenzo Zamponi, Anja Corinne Baukloh, Niccolò Bertuzzi, Daniela Chironi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos
This article explores the forms of action adopted by participants in two Fridays For Future (FFF) strikes, focusing on the repertoires of action of (young) climate justice protesters. Drawing on protest survey data, it shows demonstrated that young protesters do not participate less in claim-based action than older cohorts. Furthermore, a process of politicisation can be seen to be unfolding that leads to increased commitment in both lifestyle and political forms of participation – at least among active milieus.

Journal Article - 2022

Performing (during) the Coronavirus crisis: The Italian populist radical right between national opposition and subnational government

Andrea Pirro
The first year of COVID-19 confirmed the standing of the populist radical right in Italy. While sitting in opposition at the national level, Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy and Matteo Salvini's League shared common criticism of the Conte II government but experienced diverging trajectories in terms of popularity. These changes can be partly attributed to the different agency of their leaderships. Overall and collectively considered, the Italian populist radical right broke even during the first year of COVID-19, but the crisis exposed the first cracks in Salvini's leadership.

Monograph - 2022

Labour conflicts in the digital age

Donatella della Porta, Riccardo Emilio Chesta, Lorenzo Cini
From Deliveroo to Amazon, digital platforms have drastically transformed the way we work. But how are these transformations being received and challenged by workers? This book provides a radical interpretation of the changing nature of worker movements in the digital age, developing an invaluable approach that combines social movement studies and industrial relations. Using case studies taken from Europe and North America, it offers a comparative perspective on the mobilizing trajectories of different platform workers and their distinct organizational forms and action repertoires.

Monograph - 2021

Migrant Protest. Interactive Dynamics in Precarious Mobilizations

Elias Steinhilper
This book explores the interactions and spaces shaping the emergence, trajectory, and fragmentation of migrant protest in unfavorable contexts of marginalization.