Summer School on Citizens Resilience in Times of Crises

LIVEWHAT - COSMOS. Call for applications open.


Mobilizing for Democracy.

Civil society organizations' participation in the various stages of democratization process

Contextualizing Contestation: Caught in the Act of Protest

The effects of Europeanization processes on social movements.


ANTICORRP: Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption.

Social movements and civil society against corruption and organized crime.


LIVEWHAT: Living with Hard Times.

How European citizens deal with economic crises and their social and political consequences

Cosmos Events

10 June 2015, 1 - 2:30 PM. Seminar Room (ground floor), Villa Pagliaiuola, Via delle Palazzine 17-19

Protest events as organizational infrastructures: The organizational effects of the counter-summit in Genoa 2001

Drawing on recent developments in research on meetings and organizational fields, Priska Daphi proposes to explore protest events as organizational infrastructures.

11 June 2015. 3 - 7:30 PM. Conference Hall "L'Altana". Palazzo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence

Fifteen Years of Water Struggles. Lessons Learned from Bolivia to Italy

This second meeting of the Movimenti del mondo series describes the characteristics of the Bolivian and Italian movements that are promoting the idea of water as a common. The event includes the projection of the movie "También la lluvia".

12 June 2015. 11 AM - 12:30 PM. Seminar Room (ground floor), Villa Pagliaiuola, Via delle Palazzine 17-19

Bolivia’s left wing government and its relationship with the movements that brought it to state power

Oscar Olivera and Leonidas Oikonomakis will discuss what happended to the Bolivian "government run by and for Bolivia’s social movements", almost a decade after Evo Morales' first rise to power. 

14-25 September 2015. Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi

ECPR/COSMOS Summer School on Methods for the Study of Political Particiaption and Mobilization

The Summer School will last 10 teaching days for a total of 60 hours of didactic activities, from the 14th to the 25th of September 2015. 


Recent Publications

The Dynamics of Radicalization. A Relational and Comparative Perspective

Eitan Y. Alimi, Chares Demetriou, and Lorenzo Bosi


Why is it that some social movements engaged in contentious politics experience radicalization whereas others do not? This book investigates how and when social movement organizations switch from a nonviolent mode of contention to a violent one.

Social Movements in Times of Austerity: Bringing Capitalism Back Into Protest Analysis

Donatella della Porta

Social Movements in Times of Austerity

Donatella della Porta studies the  enormous increase in protests across the world in which citizens have challenged what they see as a deterioration of democratic institutions and the civil, political and social rights that form the basis of democratic life. 




Latest News
Two full professorships in sociology at SNS

Two full professorships in sociology at SNS

PhD program on Political Science and Sociology in Florence
Fifteen Years of Water Struggles. Lessons Learned from Bolivia to Italy

Fifteen Years of Water Struggles. Lessons Learned from Bolivia to Italy

Lessons Learned from Bolivia to Italy
Memories and Movements

Memories and Movements

Protesting for Justice and Democracy in Southern Europe.
Was that Just the Beginning? Talking about Gezi after two years.

Was that Just the Beginning? Talking about Gezi after two years.

1st "Movimenti del Mondo" event

The Centre on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos) is located at  the  Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute and the Institute of Humanities and Social Science at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence.

It focuses on social movements as part of broader contentious politics. It promotes theoretically-driven empirical analyses on forms, dimensions, causes and impacts of social movements, in established democracies as well as authoritarian regimes.

Particular attention is given to social movements as promoters of democratization processes.

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