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

DATE: 29 Aprile 2015, 5-7 PM. Seminar Room 4, Badia

From Social Struggles to Political Institutions? Processes of Institutionalization and Transformation of Social Movements between the Latin American and the European Experience

Professor Sandro Mezzadra is going to offer his interpretation of the relations between parties and movements in Europe and Latin america, from a workerist perspective.

DATE: 14-15 May 2015, Goldmsiths, University of London

Mobilisations, Changing Protest Cultures and Web 2.0 Technologies

This seminar will look at contemporary ‘protest cultures’ and explore the changing relationship between political participation and media technologies in the age of social media by considering three different dimensions a) organisation b) political imaginations c) lived experience.

DATE: 21 May 2015, 03:30PM - 07:00PM. Palazzo Strozzi, Scuola Normale Superiore

“Was that just the beginning?” Talking about Gezi after two years.

A public discussion and documentary screening two years after the protests in Gezi park, Turkey. The event is part of the Movimenti del Mondo pubilc debates and film screenings series.

DATE: 25 May 2015, 10:00AM - 05:30PM. Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana, European University Insitute

Flexibility and Precarity in Academia. A gendered and grassroots perspective.

Presenters in the workshops will discuss flexibiliyt and precarity in the academia from an interdisciplinary stance. After an introductory session that offers an historical perspective on the topic, the morning session will deal with gender and precarity, and the afternoon roundtable will consider the regulation of flexibility and the opposition to precarity in different European countries.

DATE: 26 May 2015, 9:30 AM - 6 PM. European University Institute, Villa Pagliaiuola (Via delle Palazzine 17-19)

"Memories and Movements: Protesting for Justice and Democracy in Southern Europe"

The conference will discuss results of a part of the ERC project "Mobilizing for Democracy", focusing on the long term impact of eventful moments on social movements, and on the frames, forms of organizing and outcomes of the 2011 protests in Southern Europe.

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

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

The call for application is now open for the second edition of the ECPR/COSMOS Summer School for the Study of Political Participation and Mobilization. The deadline for application is April the 20th. 



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. 

The Iron Cage of Liberalism. International politics and unarmed revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa

Daniel Ritter


In this book, Daniel Ritter seeks to understand unarmed revolutions by posing two interrelated questions: Why do nonviolent revolutionary movements in some countries topples autocratic regimes while similar movements elsewhere falter, and why has the world witnessed the proliferation of unarmed revolutions in the last forty years?

Methodological Practices in Social Movement Research

Donatella della Porta


With the growing interest in social movement studies there has been also an increasing need for methodological guidance for empirical research. This volume addresses this need by introducing the main methods of data collection and data analysis.

Download the first chapter [+]

Book in the O.U.P. catalogue [+]





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The Centre on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos) is part of the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute.

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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