The keynote lecture at the 2017 Politicologenetmaal will be given by Professor Donatella Della Porta. She is professor of Political Science and Dean at the Institute of Human and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore, where she directs the Center on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos). The title of her keynote lecture is:
Social movements in times of austerity
Born in Catania (1956), Professor Della Porta graduated in Political Science at the University of the same city in 1978. In 1980, she received the Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and in 1987 her PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute. Based at the University of Florence since 1994 as associate professor, she became full professor in 1998. Between 2003 and 2015 she has been Professor of Sociology at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute.
Among the main topics of her research are social movements, political violence, terrorism, corruption, the police and protest policing.