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Keynote Lecture by Donatella della Porta: Contentious Politics in Authoritarian Contexts: Social Movements and Democratization

27. May 2022 @ 16:30 - 18:30

Keynote Lecture by Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore) on “Contentious Politics in Authoritarian Contexts: Social Movements and Democratization” with the moderation of Silvia von Steinsdorff (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

  • Donatella Della Porta is Professor of political science, founding dean of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences and
    Director of the PhD program in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, where she also
    leads the Center on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos). Among the main topics of her research: social movements, political
    violence, terrorism, corruption, the police and protest policing. She has directed a major ERC project Mobilizing for
    Democracy, on civil society participation in democratization processes in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.
    In 2011, she was the recipient of the Mattei Dogan Prize for distinguished achievements in the field of political sociology; in
    2021, she received the Research Awards of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung in recognition of her lifetime’s research
    activities. In 2022, she has been nominated International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and
    Sciences. She is Honorary Doctor of the universities of Lausanne, Bucharest, Goteborg, Jyvaskyla and the University of
    Peloponnese. She is the author or editor of 90 books, 150 journal articles and 150 contributions in edited volumes (h Index
    90; 45000 citations). Among her recent publications are: Resisting the Backlash: Street Protest in Italy (Routledge, 2022),
    withAlberto Vannucci, La corruzione come Sistema (Il Mulino, 2021), with Elias Steinhilper (eds.), Contentious Migrant
    Solidarity (Routledge, 2021), with Lorenzo Cini and Cesar Guzman (eds.), Student Movements in Late Neoliberalism. Forms
    of Organization, Alliances, and Outcomes (Springer, 2021); Social Movements: An introduction, 3rd edition (Blackwell,
    2020); Can Social Movements Save Democracy? (Polity, 2020), Über das Potenzial sozialer Bewegungen Die schoene neue
    Demokratie. Ueber das potentiale soziale Bewegungen (Campus Verlag, 2020), with Lorenzo Cini and Cesar Guzman,
    Contesting Higher Education (Bristol University Press, 2020), withPietro Castelli Gattinara, Andrea Felicetti, Konstantinos
    Eleftheriadis, Discoursive Turns and Critical Junctures, Oxford University Press, 2020), Legacies and Memories in
    Movements (Oxford University Press, 2018); Sessantotto. Passato e presente dell’anno ribelle (Fertrinelli, 2018);
    Contentious moves (Palgrave 2017), Global Diffusion of Protest (Amsterdam University Press, 2017), Late Neoliberalism
    and its Discontents (Palgrave, 2017); Movement Parties in Times of Austerity (Polity 2017), Where did the Revolution go?
    (Cambridge University Press, 2016); Social Movements in Times of Austerity (Polity 2015), Methodological practices in
    social movement research (Oxford University Press, 2014); Spreading Protest (ECPR Press 2014, with Alice Mattoni),
    Participatory Democracy in Southern Europe (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014, with Joan Font and Yves Sintomer); Mobilizing
    for Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2014); Can Democracy be Saved?, Polity Press, 2013; Clandestine Political
    Violence, Cambridge University Press, 2013 (with D. Snow, B. Klandermans and D. McAdam (eds.). Blackwell Encyclopedia
    on Social and Political Movements, Blackwell. 2013; Mobilizing on the Extreme Right (with M. Caiani and C. Wagemann),
    Oxford University Press, 2012; Meeting Democracy (ed. With D. Rucht), Cambridge University Press, 2012; The Hidden
    Order of Corruption (with A. Vannucci), Ashgate 2012.


  • Silvia von Steinsdorff  is Professor for the Comparative Study of Democracy and the Political Systems of Eastern Europe, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Co-Director of the Integrated Research Institute Law & Society (LSI) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


+ This event is organized by Center for Comparative Research on Democracy at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin with the support of Stiftung Mercator and Einstein Stiftung Berlin.


27. May 2022
16:30 - 18:30
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Center for Comparative Research on Democracy (CCRD)


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Main Building / Room 1072)
Unter den Linden 6
Berlin, Berlin 10099 Germany
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