Nicole Doerr

Nicole Doerr

Associate Professor

PhD European University Institute

Committee members:

Donatella della Porta (Supervisor EUI), Klaus Eder (Co-Supervisor, Humboldt University of Berlin), Francesca Polletta (UC-Irvine, Peter Wagner (EUI, Florence).

Previous positions:

2010-12 Marie Curie Postdoc UC Irvine & Harvard University Ash Center For Democratic Governance and Innovation Democracy Postdoctoral Fellowship

2013-16 Assistant Professor, International Relations, affiliated to Sociology, Mount Holyoke Liberal Arts College, Massachusetts, Five Colleges Research Group on Social Movements

Research visits:

2023 Visiting Fellow, Goethe Universität & PRIF, Excellence Cluster Initiative ConTrust—Trust in Conflict

2021 Senior Fellow, Käthe Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg

2019 Visiting Professor, Göteborg University, Department of Sociology and Department of Global Studies (short term)


Current and completed EU-Research projects:
2022-2025 Principle Investigator, CHANSE-Horizon Europe Project “PolarVis: Visual Persuasion in a Transforming Europe”
2019-23 Principle Investigator, Horizon Europe-NORFACE Democratic Governance in a Turbulent Age Programme: ExId Project: "Extreme Identities" computer based analysis of digital storytelling of European Far-Right Online Communities’ Politics of Identity

2016-18 Principle Investigator Horizon Europe co-fund Project "Translate Diversity" Voices, solidarity, and political claims by female and LGBTQI refugees in public debates about gender and migration" (EU-IPODI), in cooperation with Sabine Hark, TU Berlin.

2010-13 International Outgoing Fellowship, Marie Curie Postdoc "Translate Democracy" (EU-FP7-IOF), in cooperation with Francesca Polletta, University of California, Irvine.


  1. Nicole Doerr, Translating Rights of Nature and Hope for Planetary Transition: Climate Activists as Intersectional Brokers connecting Translocal Publics. Cambridge Elements Manuscript under preparation.
  2. Nicole Doerr, 2018. Political Translation—How Social Movement Democracies Survive. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press. Contentious Politics Series.
  3. Nicole Doerr, Alice Mattoni and Simon Teune. eds, 2013 Towards the Visual Analysis of Social Movements. Research Series on Conflict, Social Movements, and Political Change (3)35. Bingley: Emerald.

Special issues (editor)

  1. “Black Lives Matter and the New Wave of Anti-Racist Mobilizations in Europe”, Special issue in European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 10:4 co-edited with Jean Beaman, Piotr Kocyba, Anna Lavizzari, Sabrina Zajak. Read online:
  2. Special issue “Visual intervention and the (re)enactment of democracy.”, co-edited by Nicole Doerr and Anna Schober, Visual Studies, published on Jan 2, 2024
  3. Special issue “Activism, Agency, and Acts of Translating Gendered Belongings and Concepts.” European Journal of Politics and Gender, 7:1 co-edited by Nicole Doerr and Susanne Zwingel, Jan 2024. Read the Introduction

Peer-reviewed journal articles (selection)

  1. Doerr, Nicole (2024). Translation as a cultural tool for mediating conflict in queer and feminist grassroots democratic coalitions in Denmark, Germany and Sweden. European Journal of Politics and Gender7(1), 45-64.
  2. Nicole Doerr, and Eva Svatonova (2023a). “Despised, Feared, Emphasised or Hegemonic—Far Right Digital Images of Womanhood on US Telegram Channels” European Journal of Politics and Gender. open access here.
  3. Nicole Doerr, and Janus Porsild Hansen (2024). “Climate translators” building trust and local democratic cooperation on green transition: Denmark and Germany. International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Open access pre-print here. Online first.

  4. Nicole Doerr, with Eva Svatonova (2023b) “How Anti-LGBTQI* and Anti-Gender Imaginary Translate Great Replacement Theories Online” European Journal of Politics and Gender. Special Issue Activism, Agency, and Acts of Translating Gendered Belongings and Concepts. Open access here.
  5. Nicole Doerr, with Noa Milman, 2023. “Black Lives Matter, Citizenship, and Contentious Acts of Visibility by Ethnic Minorities in Denmark and Greenland.” European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology. Online first:
  6. Nicole Doerr, 2022 „Klimaschutz lokal vermitteln: zur Rolle zivilgesellschaftliche Klimaübersetzer:innen in Deutschland und Dänemark.“ Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, Sonderheft zu Demokratie und Ökologie, April 2022. Open access.
  7. Nicole, with Sarah Awad, Doerr, and Anita Nissen (2022). ‘Far-right boundary construction toward the “other”: Visual communication of the Danish People’s Party on social media.’ British Journal of Sociology, 1–21. Open access.
  8. Nicole Doerr, and Beth Gardner, 2022. “After the storm: Translating the US Capitol storming in Germany’s right-wing digital media ecosystem', Translation in Society,1,1, 83 - 104. Open access preprint
  9. Nicole Doerr, 2021. “The Visual Politics of the Alternative for Germany (AfD): Anti-Islam, Ethno-Nationalism, and Gendered Images.” Social Sciences, 10(1), 20. Open access:
  10. Nicole Doerr, with Hjalmar Bang Carlsen, and Jonas Toubol. 2020. “Inequality in interaction: scene styles of equalizing the helper-recipient relationship in voluntary empowerment projects” Voluntas.
  11. Nicole Doerr. 2019. “Von diskursiver Marginalisierung zu politischer Teilhabe? Politische Übersetzung und Migrant:innenbewegungen in kalifornischen Städten/Kommunen.“ Forschungsjournal soziale Bewegungen, 32(3), 379–393.
  12. Nicole Doerr. 2017. “Bridging language barriers, bonding against immigrants: A visual case study of transnational network publics created by far-right activists in Europe” Discourse and Society 28(1): 3-23. Open access.
  13. Nicole Doerr. 2017. “How right-wing vs. cosmopolitan actors mobilize and translate images of immigrants in transnational contexts” Visual Studies, 16: 3, 315-336. Preprint .
  14. Nicole Doerr. 2013. Between Habermas and Rancière: The Democracy of Translation. Transversal (6) 13, [Special issue ‘Europe—A community that cannot speak’]. Open access.
  15. Nicole Doerr. 2012. “Translating democracy: how activists in the European Social Forums practice multilingual deliberation.” European Political Science Review, 4(3), 361–384.
  16. Nicole Doerr. 2011. “The Disciplining of Dissent, and the Role of Empathetic Listeners in Deliberative Politics” Globalizations 2011 (3) 519-534.
  17. Nicole Doerr. 2010. “Politicizing Precarity, Producing Visual Dialogues on Migration: Transnational Public Spaces in Social Movements.” Forum Qualitative Social Research 11(2). Open access:
  18. Nicole Doerr. 2009. “Language and Democracy in Movement.” Social Movement Studies 8 (2) 149-165.
  19. Nicole Doerr. 2008. “Deliberative discussion, language, and efficiency in the World Social Forum process.” Mobilization 13(4): 395-410.
  20. Nicole Doerr. 2007. “Is ‘another’ public space actually possible? Deliberative Democracy and the Case of ‘Women Without.’ Journal of International Women’s Studies 8(3): 71-87.
  21. Massimiliano Andretta and Nicole Doerr. 2007.“Internal and external NGOs at the European crossroad.” European Foreign Affairs Review 12, (3). 385-40.
  22. Alice Mattoni, and Nicole Doerr. 2007. “Images within the precarity movement.” Feminist Review 87 (4):130-5.


Contributions to edited volumes (selection)

  1. Nicole Doerr, with Noa Milman, 2023. “Black Lives Matter and Anti-Racist Mobilisations in Europe – A Visual Perspective” in Handbook of Progressive Politics. Alice Mattoni (ed). Routledge. Forthcoming.
  2. Nicole Curato, and Nicole Doerr. 2022. “Ethnography.” Methodological Approaches in Deliberative Democracy. Selen A. Ercan, Nicole Curato, Hans Asenbaum, and Ricardo Mendoza, (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  3. Noa Milman, and Nicole Doerr, 2022. “Visual Analysis” Oxford Handbook of Political Participation” Mario Giugni and Maria Grasso eds. Oxford University Press. Preprint.
  4. Nicole Doerr. 2019. “Activists as political translators? Addressing structural inequality and positional misunderstandings in refugee solidarity coalitions in Germany and Denmark.” In Irvine, J, S. Lang, & C. Montoya (Eds.), Gendered mobilizations and intersectional challenges: Contemporary social movements in Europe and North America London: Rowman & Littlefield. Pp. 189–207. Link.
  5. Nicole Doerr. 2020. “Social Movements and Translation” In: The Politics of Translation in International Relations. Maj Grasten, Zeynep Gülşah Çapan, & Filipe Dos Reis (eds.). Springer Verlag.
  6. Nicole Doerr. 2020. “Political translation and civic translation capacities for democracy in post-migrant societies.” Oxford Handbook on Translation and Society edited by Christine Chi. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  7. Donatella della Porta and Nicole Doerr. “Deliberation and Protest.”, Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy edited by John Dryzek, Jane Mansbridge, André Bächtiger and Mark Warren. Pp: 636-62.
  8. Nicole Doerr and Noa Milman. 2018. “Protest” in Roland Bleiker, ed, Visual Global Politics. London: Routledge. Pp. 233-236.
  9. Nicole Doerr. 2018. “Translation and Democracy.” In: Routledge Handbook on Translation and Politics. Jonathan Evans and Fruela Fernandez Pp: 63-78.
  10. Nicole Doerr, Alice Mattoni and Simon Teune. 2015. “Visuals in social movements.” In Oxford Handbook Research in Social Movements edited by Donatella della Porta and Mario Diani. 
  11. Flam, Helena, and Nicole Doerr, 2015. Visuals and Emotions in Social Movements. Methods of Exploring Emotions. editor / Helena Flam ; Jochen Kleres. Routledge.
  12. Nicole Doerr, and Noa Milman. 2013. “Visual Analysis” Oxford Handbook on Methodological Practices of Social Movement Research” ed Donatella della Porta. Oxford University Press. Link.
  13. Jackie Smith and Nicole Doerr, 2011. “Democracy in the US and German Social Forums” in Handbook of the World Social Forums. Jackie Smith et al. (eds.) Paradigm.


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