Copenhagen Centre for Political Mobilisation and Social Movement Studies (CoMMonS)
The Copenhagen Centre for Politial Mobilisation and Social Movement Studies produces systematic research on mobilisation, protest, citizenship and political engagement in Denmark and internationally.
Today’s democracy is shaped by struggles of historic labor and women’s movements. In recent years, new pro-democracy movements and the Global Climate Justice Movement have emerged.
How does protest succeed to spark social change? How do activists communicate through digital media? CoMMonS research addresses these questions through systemic analysis. The activities include invited lectures, digital conferences, workshops, and externally funded interdisciplinary research projects.
End of April 2020, CoMMonS was hosting an international symposium with a long list of speakers discussing social movements and political mobilisation in times of global pandemic. Watch the three short video introductions with statements from some of the more than 100 participants. Find also the full videoes from all sessions in the column to the right.
Introduction to the debate on welfare
Introduction to the debate on climate change
Introduction to the debate on democracy
In the spirit of UCPH’s continuing education initiative and public engagement, CoMMonS’s mission is to advance public knowledge, societal outreach, and international expertise on protest, political mobilisation, civic engagement, and citzenship.
The Centre offers regular seminars for presentations and feedback for faculty, postdocs, PhD students and guest researchers.
The CoMMonS initiates and facilitates collaborative research projects. CoMMonS workshops for bachelor and master students, PhD students, researchers, and international guest speakers will encourage public debate, networking, and knowledge exchange between civil society, practitioners, and anyone interested in social justice, democracy, political engagement, and social movements.
Suvi Keskinen, Pauline Stoltz, Diana Mulinari (eds.) “Feminisms in the Nordic Region – Neoliberalism, Nationalism and Decolonial Critique” Palgrave forthcoming, based on the project ‘The Future of Feminisms in the Nordic Region’ Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) and the Nordic Council of Ministers by means of Nordic Information on Gender (NIKK) (2016 -2017): https://www.politics-society.aau.dk/research/projects/future-feminisms
Noa Milman, “Diverse Just—Addressing Diversity. How Immigration Shapes Criminal Justice and Welfare Policies” EU Marie-Sklodowska Curie individual fellowship (2019-2021): https://www.sociology.ku.dk/staff/part-time-lecture-and-research-assistant/?pure=en/persons/574779
Hjalmar Alexander Bang Carlsen, and Jonas Toubøl “Solidarity and volunteering in the Corona crisis” Independent Research Fund Denmark (2020-21): https://www.researchgate.net/project/Solidarity-and-Volunteering-in-the-Coronavirus-Crisis
Nicole Doerr, “Extreme Identities: A Linguistic and Visual Analysis of European Far-Right Online Communities' Politics of Identity [ExId]” NORFACE Democratic Governance in a Turbulent Age research program (project start 2020): https://www.sociology.ku.dk/staff/professor-and-associate-professor/?pure=en/persons/544628
Gritt B. Nielsen, “Fighting for e/quality: comparative ethnographies of new student movements” Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) (2020-2023): https://projects.au.dk/fighting-for-equality/
Jonas Toubøl, “Mobilization in the era of social media. Introducing the decisive role of group level factors” Carlsberg Foundation (2018-2012): https://www.sociology.ku.dk/staff/professor-and-associate-professor/?pure=en%2Fpersons%2Fjonas-touboel(250d0782-72ba-4460-b240-62138a6af0e1).html
Charlotte Baarts, “Walkways--ethnography and auto ethnography” (book project): https://www.soc.ku.dk/ansatte/VIP/?pure=da%2Fpersons%2Fcharlotte-baarts(0254084b-61f7-4336-b54a-f671d6e42554).html
Hanne Bess Boelsbjerg, “Borderlands of Living” Carlsberg Foundation (2019-2021): https://interactingminds.au.dk/projects/borderlands-of-living/
Lara Monticelli, Project: ECOLABSS – Ecovillages as Laboratories of Sustainability and Social Change (EU Marie-Sklodowska Curie individual fellowship, Grant no. 798866): https://www.cbs.dk/en/research/departments-and-centres/department-of-management-politics-and-philosophy/staff/lmompp
Renata Motta, Food for Justice: Power, Politics and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research, BMBF, (2019-2024): https://www.lai.fu-berlin.de/forschung/food-for-justice/index.html
Christian Franklin Svensson, “Anthropocenes of civic engagement” Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University: https://vbn.aau.dk/en/projects/anthropocenes-of-civic-engagement
Sophia Wathne, PhD Project “Food Sovereignty and Peasant Prefiguration” Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy (2018-2022): http://cosmos.sns.it/person/2603/
Silas Harrebye ”De demokratiske deltagelsesformers effekt og potentiale. En undersøgelse af magtelites politiske responsivitet. 2020-2023.” Funded by Roskilde Festival Fonden
- SUSY Centre for Sustainabilty and Society (SUSY), University of Copenhagen
- SODAS Centre for Social Data Sciences, University of Copenhagen
- AMIS Centre for Advanced Migration Studies, University of Copenhagen
- CAPS Centre for Anthropological, Political and Social Theory, University of Copenhagen
- COSMOS Centre for Social Movement Studies Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy
- Institute of Citizenship Studies (InCite), University of Geneva, Switzerland
- Centre for Social Movement and Resistance Studies, University of Göteborg, Sweden
- Centre de recherche sur l'action politique (CRAPUL), Lausanne, Switzerland
- Institute for the Study of Protest and Social Movements (IPB), Berlin, Germany
- Institute for Social Movements, Bochum, Germany
- Weizenbaum-Institute Digitalisation and Democracy Research Group Berlin, Germany
- Centre for Civil Society Research in Berlin, FU and Social Science Research Centre Berlin
- Pioneer Valley Social movements group, Massachusetts, USA
- ECPR Standing Group on Participation and Mobilization
- ESA Research Network on Collective Action and Social Movements
- Research Network on Social Movements of the Council for European Studies at Columbia University
- Department Consensus and Conflict, German Center for Integraiton and Migration Research (DeZIM) Berlin
- DEMOS — Democracy, Migration and Movements Research Group, Aalborg University
- Alternatives to Capitalism research network
2020 Spring semester: ZOOM Workshop for master and baechelor students “Socially vulnerable groups in the Corona crisis”. Taught by Nicole Doerr with guest speakers Professor Håkan Thörn (University of Gothenburg) and Professor Miguel Martinez (Stockholm University) and civil society groups including Almen Modstand.
2020 Spring semester: ZOOM Workshop for master and bachelor students Civil society, democracy and protest during and after the Corona pandemic. Taught by Nicole Doerr.
2019 Autumn semester: Interactive workshops for master and bachelor students: 1) Learning from NGOs: Refugees Welcome. 2) Asylum seekers tell their stories. Taught by Nicole Doerr with civil society groups and asylum seekers.
2019 Autumn semester: Research Workshop Civil Society, Solidarity with Refugees, and Criminalization, organised by Nicole Doerr. Keynote speaker: Donatella della Porta, Dean of the Scuola Normale Superiore and Director of COSMOS Research Centre
2019 Autumn semester: Research Workshop Migration, and Social Boundaries to Citizenship, organised by Nicole Doerr for the University of Copenhagen, Centre for Anthropological, Political, and Social Theory (CAPS). Keynote speaker: Gökce Yurdakul, Director of the Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin, including civil society groups such as Trampoline House, and Professors Per Mouritsen (Aarhus University), Pieter Bevelander (Malmö University), and Kristina Bakkaer Simonsen (Aalborg University).
2018 Spring semester: Research Workshop Race/Ethnicity, Contentious Politics, and Social Movements, co-taught by Douglas McAdam (Stanford University), and Nicole Doerr, University of Copenhagen, Department of Sociology.
2018 Autumn semester: PhD course on Visual and Digital Media Analysis, organised and team-taught by Nicole Doerr and the keynote speakers Alice Mattoni, Associate Professor, University of Bologna, Italy, and Anna Schober, Chair of Visual Culture, University of Klagenfurt, Austria.
2017 Spring semester: PhD course and Conference on Deliberative Politics in Times of Right Wing Mobilization, organised by Nicole Doerr for University of Copenhagen, Department of Sociology, keynote speakers: Professor Jane Mansbridge (Harvard University) and Associate Professor Jeffrey Juris (Northeastern University)
2016 Autumn semester: International PhD Workshop Advances in the Study of Social Movements, co-organised by Nicole Doerr and Jonas Toubøl, keynote speaker: Douglas McAdam (Stanford University).
- Oscar Agustín, Associate Professor, Department of Culture and Learning, Aalborg University
- Tina Askanius, Senior Lecturer, Media and Communication, Malmö University
- Hanne Bess Bjoelsbjerg, Postdoctoral Fellow, Aarhus University
- Bolette Blaagaard, Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University
- Thomas P. Boje, Professor of Global Political Sociology, Institut for Samfundsvidenskab og Erhverv, Roskilde University
- Teresa Cappiali, Researcher and Lecturer in the Department of Gender Studies at Lund University
- Joost de Moor, Postdoc, Political Science Department, Stockholm University,
- Marco Antonio dos Santos Teixeira, Researcher in Sociology, Institute for Latin American Studies, Free University of Berlin
- Torsten Geelan, Assistant Professor, Sociology of Work and Employment, Leicester University
- Ane Grubb, Postdoc, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University in Copenhagen
- Christina Hansen, PhD student, Malmö University
- Silas Harrebye, Associate Professor, Global Political Sociology, Roskilde University
- Susi Meret, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Society, Aalborg University
- Lara Monticelli, Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, CBS
- Renata Campos Motta, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Institute for Latin American Studies, Free University of Berlin
- Gritt Nielsen, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Aarhus University
- Anita Nissen, PhD student, Department of Politics and Society, Aalborg University
- Pauline Stoltz, Associate Professor, Political Science, Aalborg University
- Christel Stormhøj, Associate Professor, Roskilde University
- Cecelia Walsh-Russo, Visiting Assistant Professor, Colgate University
- Sophia Wathne, PhD student, Scuola Normale Superiore
- Manes Weisskircher, Researcher, Political Theory, Dresden University
- Ekatherina Zhukova, Researcher, Lund University
- Christian Franklin Svensson (PhD), Department of Sociology and Social Work, The Faculty of Social Sciences, Aalborg University
- Thomas P. Boje, Professor, Roskilde University
- Doug McAdam, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University
- Donatella della Porta, Professor, Dean of the Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence
- Nicole Deitelhoff, Professor, Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Director of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
- Liv Egholm, Associate Professor, CBS, director of CISTAS
- Marco Giugni, Professor, Université de Geneve
- Peter Gundelach, Professor emeritus, University of Copenhagen Sociology
- Lasse Lindekilde, Professor, Aarhus University
- Jane Mansbridge, Professor Emerita, Harvard University
- Flemming Mikkelsen, Researcher, University of Copenhagen
- Thomas Olesen, Professor, Aarhus University
- Geoffrey Pleyers, Professor, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
- Birte Siim, Professor Emerita, Aalborg University
- Dieter Rucht, Professor Emeritus, Social Science Research Centre Berlin
- Jan Aart Scholte, Professor in Peace and Development at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg
- Håkan Thörn, Professor, University of Gothenburg, Centre for Social Movement and Resistance Studies
- Stellan Vintagen, Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Endowed Chair of Non-Violent Direct Action
- Nancy Whittier, Professor, Smith College, USA
- Ruth Wodak, Professor of Linguistics Emeritus, Lancaster University
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Associate Professor Nicole Doerr
Department of Sociology
University of Copenhagen
Nicole Doerr is head of the centre.
Latest news from the project
Some of the interventions at the CoMMonS webinar on Social Movements in times of Global Pandemic on April 29-30 are already published in research journals, others are forthcoming.
Read Geoffrey Pleyers' article 'The Pandemic is a battlefield. Social movements in the COVID-19 lockdown' in the Journal of Civil Society.
On 27-28 April 2020 the Department of Sociology at University of Copenhagen was hosting a web symposium titled 'Social Movements and Political Mobilisation in Times of Global Pandemic'.
The full programme can be downloaded here (PDF).
Below you can watch videos from the individual panels in full length.
Panel 1: Vulnerable voices, strikes, protests: Solidarity ‘locked down’?
Panel 2: Theory and Social Movements in Times of Pandemic
Panel 3: Civil society responses to pandemic
Panel 4: Social Movements Organizing and Endurance
Panel 5: Climate Justice activism in times of Pandemic
Panel 6: Visual mobilization, digital media, and conflicts about migration
Panel 7: Democratic Legitimacy and Public Debate in times of Pandemic
Panel 8: Intersectionality, Migration, Struggles for Citizenship
Panel 9: Debate: what pathways should societies take now and following the pandemic?