Shahram Khosravi. A conversation about borders with an accidental professor

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A new “Borderlands & Solidarities” podcast episode is out! In this passage, Livio Amigoni has a conversation with Shahram Khosravi, former cab driver, professor and writer, about different topics. They start from Khosravi’s last work ‘Waiting. A project in conversation‘ going, then, after to ‘Illegal travellers: An Auto-Ethnography of Borders‘. Furhtermore they touch the issue of academia and research activity highlighting how the ‘border’ is inside it. Finally, they touch the topic of smugllers and freedom of movement in the contemporary scenario.

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A new article of Luca Queirolo Palmas on the Calais jungle is out in “Environment and Planning D; Society and Space”

The refugee makeshift settlement of Calais, globally known as the “Calais Jungle”, was dismantled in October 2016. Its existence, as a spectacle repeatedly spread by the media all over the world, was a key element in the representation of the so-called “migration crisis” in Europe. One year after the end of the camp, this article focuses on a new scenario in which dispersed settlements keep reappearing and migrants are hunted by the authorities and the police on a daily basis, observing the everyday life of the many who continue to reach this borderland in the hope of crossing to the other side, by any means and at any risk. This ethnographic and visual sociology project follows a group of young Afghans, identifying the crucial phases that structure widespread daily routines and a broad moral landscape: survival, the hunt, and the attempt to get across.

To know more about this: Palmas LQ. “Now is the real Jungle!” Institutional hunting and migrants’ survival after the eviction of the Calais camp. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. March 2021. doi:10.1177/02637758211000061

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Aggiungi un selfie a tavola. Un nuovo libro di Luisa Stagi e Sebastiano Benasso

Aggiungi un selfie a tavola
Stagi & Benasso (2021), Aggiungi un selfie a tavola. Milano: Egea

Perché i video su YouTube di persone che mangiano grandi quantità di alimenti, magari rumorosamente, hanno milioni di visualizzazioni? Perché i politici si fanno continuamente selfie con il cibo? Perché abbiamo postato tante foto di pane durante il primo periodo della pandemia?

Nell’era dei food porn media, il cibo diviene oggetto, mezzo e messaggio. Il discorso sul cibo diventa metalinguaggio attraverso il qualeparlare di identità, tradizione, appartenenze e distinzioni e il processo di ri-mediazione che ha interessato il food porn negli ultimi anni definisce il palinsesto delle sue rappresentazioni.

La pratica del food porn nasce e cresce nell’epoca della società ipervisuale nella quale, come ha spiegato il teorico della cultura visiva Nicholas Mirzoeff, a fronte del fatto che tutto sia potenzialmente visualizzabile, riesce a risultare significativo, e quindi politico, solo ciò che riesce a risultare visibile.  Nell’attuale regime di visibilità il cibo è uno degli oggetti di meta-comunicazione più efficaci.

Attraverso una ricca serie di riferimenti e rimandi alla cultura (pop)olare il libro esplora l’eterogeneità delle possibili declinazioni delle fenomenologie del food porn contemporaneo.

Per maggiori informazioni:

visita il sito dell’editore: qui.

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Solidarity crimes podcast. Call for episodes

Throughout the last decade, a multiplicity of civil and penal law sanctions has been applied to contrast solidarity to migrants in any kind of geographic context. In a report published in 2020, whose icastic title is “Punishing Compassion. Solidarity on Trial in Fortress Europe”, Amnesty International attested a huge number of cases of criminalization of solidarity across Italy, France, Spain, Greece, UK, Croatia, Malta and Switzerland. And the current situation is going worse and worse.

To understand the consequences of the criminalization of solidarity is going to produce in the EU states, as well as in the lives of many people (migrants, solidarity actors, researchers, citizens) the Visual Sociology Research Group is launching a new collaborative podcast series focused on solidarity crimes.

For this reason a call for episodes has been opened.

Deadline: 30.04.2021

To download the Call for episodes, please click here!

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