Lorenzo Zamponi is a research fellow in sociology and political science at the Scuola Normale Superiore, in the Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali (Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences) in Florence, where he is part of the COSMOS (Centre on Social Movement Studies) research team. He holds a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute (2015, with a thesis on the relationship between memory and social movements), under the supervision of Donatella Della Porta, and a master in Communication from the University of Padova (2008, with a thesis on the evolution of the memory of the foibe in the Italian media). He has conducted a research project on the political participation of Italian students funded by the National Youth Forum. He has worked for three years in Italian team of the the LIVEWHAT project (“Living with Hard Times – Citizens’ Resilience in Times of Crises”), on the citizens’ responses to the economic crisis, coordinated by Marco Giugni (University of Geneva) and funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme. Between 2016 and 2017 he has been in charge of the Italian case in the project “Collective action and the refugee crisis” at the Scuola Normale Superiore. His research interests include memory, contentious politics and media analysis.
5 Most recent publications:
- Zamponi, L. and Fernández González, J. (2017) Dissenting Youth: How Student and Youth Struggles Helped Shape Anti-Austerity Mobilisations in Southern Europe. Social Movement Studies 16(1), pp.64-81.
- Zamponi, L. and Bosi, L. (2016) Which Crisis? European Crisis and National Contexts in Public Discourse. Politics & Policy 44(3), pp.400-426.
- Bosi, L. and Zamponi, L. (2015) Direct Social Actions and Economic Crises: The relationship between forms of action and socio-economic context in Italy. Partecipazione e Conflitto 8(2), pp.367-391.
- Zamponi, L. (2015) Remembering Violence: Four Cases of Contentious Memory in the Italian and Spanish Student Movements of the 1960s and 1970s. In: Bosi, L., Ó Dochartaigh, N., Pisioiu, D. (eds.) Political Violence in Context. Colchester: ECPR Press, pp.89-114.
- Zamponi, L. and Vogiatzoglou, M. (2015) Organising workers’ counter-power in Italy and Greece. In: Buxton, N. and Bélanger Dumontier, M. (eds.) State of Power 2015. Amsterdam: Transnational Institute.
Relevant previous projects:
- “Collective action and the refugee crisis”, directed by Donatella della Porta at the Scuola Normale Superiore.
- LIVEWHAT project (“Living with Hard Times – How Citizens React to Economic Crises and Their Social and Political Consequences”), on the citizens’ responses to the economic crisis, coordinated by Marco Giugni (University of Geneva) and funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme.
- “Memory in Action: Mediatised Public Memory and the Symbolic Construction of Conflict in Student Movements” (Ph.D. thesis, supervised by Donatella della Porta at the European University Institute).
- “National report on students” (“Rapporto Nazionale sui soggetti in formazione”), commissioned by the Italian National Youth Forum (“Forum Nazionale dei Giovani”), c/o Office of the Prime Minister, Department of Youth (“Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, Dipartimento della Gioventù”).
social movements; memory; media analysis; comparative politics; qualitative interviews.