Juan Pablo Aris Escarcena joins Disfor and becomes a resident member of Laboratorio di Sociologia Visuale

Juan Pablo Aris Escarcena has joined Disfor (Dipartimento di Scienze della Formazione) of the University of Genova. Juan Pablo is an anthropologist specialising in the policy analysis of European Union border areas. In his research on European borders he has incorporated elements from other disciplines, such as philosophy or sociology, and from different sub-disciplines, such as legal anthropology, symbolic anthropology and, of course, the anthropology of migration processes. Juan Pablo has published in high-impact journals and books, analysing various border locations such as Ceuta, Calais, Ventimiglia, and on “refugee camps”, such as in Greece in Katsikas. In collaboration with the filmmaker Nicolás Braguinsky Cascini, he directed the documentary film “Solidarity Crime: the borders of democracy”. The documentary is based on his doctoral research and focuses on the criminalisation of illegalised migrants and the people who have shown solidarity with them. It has been screened at several international documentary film festivals (in Caracas, Barcelona, Geneva, Leuven…). It has also received the critics’ and public awards at the “Tulipani di Seta Nera” 2021 Festival in Rome, and the Persecutedaward at the XIII edition of the Festival dei Diritti Umanidi Napoli. The collaboration between Juan Pablo and Nicolás has continued, and they are currently working on a documentary project on the participation of Colombian exiles in the transitional justice process in Colombia, through the first Truth Commission that incorporates testimonies from the diaspora. The project is funded by ICIP. Juan Pablo got in touch with the Laboratorio di SociologiaVisuale joining the first school of visual and filmic sociology (“Prima Scuoladi Sociologia Filmica e Visuale”) coordinated by Prof.Luca Queirolo Palmas. Subsequently, during his PhD, Juan Pablo was part of the European project GOVDIV — Multilevel governance of cultural diversity in a comparative perspective: EU and Latin America (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IRSES. Marie Curie Actions- International Research Staff Exchange Scheme – IRSES) in which DisFor also participated. Now, as a post-doctoral researcher, and as a beneficiary of the grant “Ayuda para la recualificación del sistema universitario español” he joins our team, and we’re glad to welcome him on board!


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