Filmic sociology

Main Land

By José González Morandi. Subject by: Juan Pablo Aris Escarcena, Enrico Fravega, Luca Giliberti, José González Morandi and Luca Queirolo Palmas (Spain, 2023)

Gran Canaria, 2022. Two years after the outbreak of the migratory emergency on the Canary Islands, a team of researchers of the Visual Sociology Group of the University of Genoa studying migration, borders and solidarity arrived on site to carry out a participatory ethnographic process.  

During the pandemic, due to the worsening of the already weak local economies of different western African countries (Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal), the temporary closure of Ceuta/Melilla and the consequent redefinition of the main migration routes towards Europe, the Atlantic Route towards the Canary Islands – which was relevant between the late 1990s and early 2000s – regained significance in undocumented migration towards Europe. The emergency management of this flow of people, which since 2020 has brought thousands of migrants on the shores of the Canary Islands, has continued for months and months, through improvised forms of reception in camps (‘Muelle de la verguenza’) and empty hotels (due to the pandemic crisis), until the establishment of special migrants’ reception centres. In this context, albeit in an ambivalent dimension, migrants break the frame on the public discourse concerning them as mere subjects in need of containment, regaining at least partial control of their time and opening up to a series of encounters with the emerging solidarity networks, searching a Mainland in their migration process.   


By Mattia Meirana. Subject: S. Benasso, E. Fravega, F. Tenore (Italia. 2018)

A group NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training) discover that they have skills and abilities to carry out work activities or start businesses thanks to the support and empowerment offered by an orientation project.

Visual and Art-based Sociology

Eufemia. The submerged and the saved

By: L. Queirolo Palmas, E. Fravega, A. Daneri, A. Milotta, Z. Donchev, E. Zampa, G. Abdelouahab. (2019)

A public-art project stirring a collective reflection and debate on the issues of migration, rescue at sea and humanitarian help to migrants. The project has been developed in partenership with Progetto 20k, Urmis/Université Cote d’Azur/MSHS and University of Siena


Watch the video by Milotta&Donchev on Vimeo

Video by: E-learning service of the University of Genoa:

Other projects

Teens on the Net

By: Emanuela Abbatecola (scientific coordinator), Mariella Popolla, Massimo Cannarella (2022)

The project aimed to understand what happens “behind the screen” to adolescents, focusing in particular on sexuality, and gender-based violence.

All the activities and the final products of the project saw the teenagers involved in the research as absolute protagonists, making everything revolve around their reflections, and their talents.

Within this framework the project has envisaged different research activities, such as:

a) nethnography to monitor and observeinteraction both on open webpages and groups on the main social networks and on closed/secret groups spreading sexist and violent contents;

b) focus groups with teens to produce five short-videos for specific social media channels (e.g.: tik-tok, Instagram stories, Youtube).

The output of the research are:

a) a not interactive Instagram account dedicated to disseminating research results in the form of posts

b) seven short-videos for specific social media channels (e.g.: tik-tok, Instagram stories, Youtube)

c) educational materials (vademecum) written by the group of teens dedicated to the specific target of adults, such as: families/parents; social workers; teachers;

The cover of all short videos was designed by one of the teens who participated in the research.

Link to the TikTok video

Link to download the vademecum (ita only)

Link to the youtube short-videos:

video 1

video 2

video 3

video 4

video 5

video 6

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