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The Masks of the Political God by Luca Ozzano

Beyond Social Movements: Cross-Field Insights on Contentious Politics

Contentious Politics
Political Participation
Social Movements
Section Number
Section Chair
Lorenzo Zamponi
Scuola Normale Superiore
Section Co-Chair
Priska Daphi
University of Bielefeld

In the last three decades, the study of collective action has reached an unprecedented level of development and recognition. In the last five years, in particular, research on activism has proven fundamental to understand political processes, with the development of various waves of mobilisation, from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street, from the anti-corruption marches in India to anti-austerity demonstrations in Southern Europe.

Since the recognition of the relevance of participation and mobilisation has been growing in different areas, the study of contentious politics has been increasingly interacting with other fields, both within and beyond sociology and political science.

The goal of this Section is to provide an opportunity to further develop such cross-sectoral insights, favouring the cooperation of researchers coming from different fields of political science.

We invite Panels and Papers that focus on the interaction between the literature on contentious politics, including both political participation and social mobilization, and other fields of political science, both from the theoretical and the empirical point of view.

1) Social movements and political parties
2) Social movements and migrations
3) Social movements and memory
4) Social movements and media
5) Social movements and industrial relations
6) Social movements and political transformations
7) Social movements and international relations

Lorenzo Zamponi is a research fellow in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence (Italy). He is working in the LIVEWHAT project (Living with Hard Times – Citizens’ Resilience in Times of Crises), funded by the EC-FP7, and in the project “Collective Action and the Refugee Crisis“. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute. His research interests include public memory, contentious politics, student movements, anti-austerity activism and media analysis. He has published peer-reviewed articles in academic journals and book chapters on the recent wave of anti-austerity mobilisation. In the last few years, he has organised Panels in several international conferences, including the ECPR General Conference. More info at:

Priska Daphi is research associate at the Institute for Political Science of the Goethe University in Frankfurt (Germany). She directs the BMBF-funded project “Protest and Memory: How Contemporary Protests in Germany Relate to the ‘long 1960s’ in West and East-Germany”. She holds a PhD from the Humboldt-University Berlin and a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research focuses on social movements, refugees and asylum politics, collective memory and sociology of space. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and international books. In 2016, she co-organised the section of the ISAs Research Committee on Social Classes and Social Movements. More info at:

Panel List

Code Title Details
P013Allies and Power: Social Movements, Political Parties and the Interaction between Conventional and Unconventional Politics View Panel Details
P014Allying for Change: Social Movements and the Politics of Coalition Building in the Middle East View Panel Details
P056Complex Interaction: Social Movements and International Institutions View Panel Details
P067Conservative and Government-sponsored Activism – Beyond GONGOs and Movements 'from above' and 'from below' View Panel Details
P070Contentious Politics in the Middle East - A Channel of Public Opinion or Regime Tool? View Panel Details
P138Framing Social Movements: Media Representations and Media Practices in Activism View Panel Details
P223Memories and Social Movements View Panel Details
P226Migration and Social Movements View Panel Details
P349Social Movements and Industrial Relations: Mobilization, Cooperation and Outcomes View Panel Details
P351Social Movements and the Change and Stability of Authoritarian Regimes - Co-sponsored with S58 View Panel Details
P374The Consequences of Social Movements: Outcomes and Policy View Panel Details
P406The Next Stage of Digital Activism? Reviewing Practices and Concepts in the Era of Datafication View Panel Details
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