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Ongoing projects

The breakdown

“The breakdown” is a short documentary focused on the consequences of the displacement of a group of people who were living in the vicinity of the Morandi bridge until August 14th 2018.

A group of people who have undergone a radical biographical rupture talk about themselves, the place they call home, and how they see their future, if a future is still imaginable.

This project is meant to be a “slow documentary” – the shooting has started on the day of the bridge collapse and it is still ongoing – because its aim is to understand the effects of trauma over time.


Teens on the net

Teens on the net

“Teens on the net” is a project whose goal is to understand the peculiar and specific traits of the phenomenon of online violence through the direct involvement of male and female adolescents in order to: a) provide parents, teachers, social workers and, more generally, all professional figures in the field of education, with the knowledge and awareness to understand and accompany the online experience of teenagers, such as handbooks and guidelines; b) design, together with the teenagers involved, materials that can contribute to the viral dissemination of the results of the project on the internet, in order to multiply the opportunities for the circulation of knowledge and the production of awareness in the local area (schools, gyms, etc.) among young people and in the group of teenagers directly involved in the project.


Borders Ethnography

Borders ethnography

Border ethnography is research activity funded under the PRIN (Research Project of National Relevance) scheme.

The whole project, whose title is “De-bordering activities and citizenship from below of asylum seekers in Italy” is carried on by four research units of the University of Milan, University of Genoa, University of Trento, and University of Venice – Ca’ Foscari).

Within this framework our research work is focused on the de-bordering practices of migrants at the French-Italian border and their connections with the contemporary “reception crisis”.

Me and my food

Food is temptation, nourishment, pleasure, poison, health, danger, taste, education, medicine, joy, threat, family, disgust, memory, risk, diet, consolation, obsession, fear, hunger, control, fat, expense, discipline, gift, ethics, emotion, respect, community. Food is all of this and much more.

In order to understand the multiple meanings of food, as well as its effects, the project organized a photographic contest and a public conference.


A photographic research project on marginal places in cities. Research coordination by Federico Rahola; photos and narratives by Massimo Cannarella.

The publication of the work is in progress.

The Canadian model of refugees integration (REFINTEG)

“The Canadian model of public-private sponsorship for the integration of refugees: the case of Syrians and its possible application in EU countries” is a project led by the University of Genoa (Italy), in partnership with the Institut national de la recherche scientifique, INRS (Canada).

Colonial and post-colonial forms of internment in and around the Mediterranean

This project aims to analyze the forms of internment established by the colonial metropolises of Southern Europe in their interior and within their empires, relating them to the morphologies of the various contemporary methods of reclusion targeting in particular migrants and refugees. On the one hand, it will be a question of understanding how the repression of “dissidents” and “undesirables” took place in the colonial framework, by making a choice of concrete cases originating both from concentration camps and from the urban developments carried out in order to relegate the “dangerous classes” to spaces of segregation (real or de facto); on the other, to place in a historical perspective the official internment policies which have their origin in the great Foulcaudian confinement. These policies seem to be reproduced in the current restrictions on South-North migratory flows both in the former metropolises and in their former colonies, thus determining the creation of a truly global space for the humanitarian management of the “undesirable” persons.

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