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Lorenzo Zamponi


Born in Castelfranco Veneto (Italy) in 1983, Lorenzo Zamponi is a research fellow in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore - Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali in Florence.
He holds a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute, with a thesis titled "Memory in Action: Mediatised Public Memory and the Symbolic Construction of Conflict in Student Movements", supervised by Donatella della Porta.
He has also been teaching Italian Politics at the Elon University (NC, USA) in Florence since 2013, and in the same year spent some time as a visiting scholar in the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (Humboldt University).

Lorenzo studied Communication Sciences at the University of Padova, where he finished his first level degree in 2005, with the thesis "Comunicare l'identità di classe: la stampa sindacale a Treviso 1952-1960" (Communicating class identity: the trade union press in Treviso 1952-1960), and his master degree in 2008, with the thesis "I circuiti della memoria: giornali, tv e la narrazione delle foibe 1946-2007" (The circuits of memory: press, TV and the narrative of foibe 1946-2007). He specialised in social movements, public memory and media analysis.

Lorenzo is the early career representative in the steering committee of the Research Network 25 (Social Movements) ofn the European Sociological Association, and is a member of the standing group on social movements and political participation of the Società Italiana di Scienza Politica (SISP), of the standing group on participation and mobilisation of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and of the research network on social movements of the Council for European Studies> (CES).

Lorenzo is also a journalist and member of the Italian Ordine dei Giornalisti. Since 2005 he has been collaborating with various mainstream, independent and alternative newspapers and magazines.

Below, you find some basic info about Lorenzo's academic activities.



Lorenzo's research interests include social movements and contentious politics, in particular student movements; symbolic and cultural aspects of mobilisation; media system and media analysis; collective memory, social memory and public memory; labour, precarity and education; qualitative methodologies, digital qualitative methods, participatory action research.


Current positions

2015          Research fellow in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore - Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali in Florence (Italy) in the context of the LIVEWAHT project (Living with Hard Times: Citizens’ Resilience in Times of Crisis)

2013          Lecturer of Italian Politics at the Elon University (NC, US) c/o Accademia Europea, Florence (Italy)



Articles in referred journals

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.

della Porta, D. and Zamponi, L. (2013) Protest and policing on October 15th, global day of action: the Italian case. Policing and Society 23(1), pp.65-80.

Zamponi, L. (2012) "Why don't Italians occupy?" Hypotheses on a failed mobilisation. Social Movement Studies 11(3-4), pp.416-426.

Essays in books

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.

Zamponi, L. and Daphi, P. (2014) Breaks and continuities in and between Cycles of Protest. Memories and Legacies of the Global Justice Movement in the Context of Anti-Austerity Mobilisations. In: della Porta, D. and Mattoni, A. (eds.) Spreading Protest. Social Movements in Times of Crisis. Colchester: ECPR Press, 193-225

Zamponi, L. (2011) La rivolta della conoscenza: il movimento studentesco. In Maida, B. (ed.) Senti che bel rumore. Aaccademia Press, Torino.

Zamponi, L. (2006) Comunicare l'identità di classe. La stampa sindacale a Treviso 1952-1960. In Ceschin, D. (ed.) Dai campi alle officine. Storie e lotte del sindacato nel Trevigiano.
ISTRESCO, Treviso.

Voices in encyclopaedias

Milan, S. and Zamponi, L. (2014) Demonstrations, Organizing. In: Harkey, K. and Golson, J.G. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. Sage, Los Angeles.

Zamponi, L. (2013) Collective memory and Social Movements. In: Snow, D., della Porta, D., Klandermans, B. (eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements. Wiley-Blackwell, London.


This webpage was last updated on October 18, 2015