Tag: Italia

Conference – The welcoming of refugees and grassroots solidarity. The registration is open!

The University of Genoa and the “Institut national de la recherche scientifique” (INRS, Canada), in partnership with “Laboratorio di Sociologia Visuale” and “Centro Studi Medì“, are organizing the international conference


The purpose of the conference is to explore current developments in refugee intake and solidarity practices in Europe and Canada through three main areas:

– Politics of refugee reception

– Welcoming and local solidarity

– Private refugee sponsorship programs

In an effort to provide an open and multidisciplinary platform for dialogue, established and emerging scholars and practitioners will share their research and expertise in the field from a variety of disciplines, including, but not limited to, sociology, anthropology, geography, law, political science and urban studies.

Participation in the conference is free of charge, but places are limited, therefore registration is compulsory.

The REGISTRATION DEADLINE is OCTOBER 21, 2022 (Friday) 12:00 CET.

For registration, please contact us by email at: 115366@unige.it

*** Online participation will be possible only upon request. ***

accoglienza, Canada, Italia, migranti, refugees, rifugiati

From Lampedusa to the Susa Valley: solidarity networks in two border battlegrounds / A new article by Davide Filippi, Luca Giliberti, and Luca Queirolo Palmas

Photo credits: The Left in the European Parliament (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Abstract [EN]

Since the beginning of the ‘reception crisis’ in 2015, the term ‘solidarity’ has been widely employed in Europe by networks supporting migrants in transit. These networks – while increasingly important and prominent in contemporary Europe − are still understudied and have only recently been addressed in migration studies. The research takes place in two crucial border zones: on the one hand, the island of Lampedusa, which is a sea point of entry into Europe through Italy; on the other, the Susa Valley, an alpine point of exit from Italy that allows the passage to France. How are the solidarity networks put together? How do they interact with the mobility practices of migrants in transit? How do the practices of solidarity fit in with the ways authorities act at the border? The ethnographic fieldwork was developed in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and aims to answer these interconnected research questions.

Abstract [ITA]

Dal 2015, inizio della cosiddetta ‘crisi dell’accoglienza’, il termine solidarietà è stato usato diffusamente in Europa dalle reti che supportano i migranti in transito. Queste reti – sebbene sempre più importanti nell’Europa contemporanea – sono ancora poco studiate e solo di recente hanno interessato i migration studies. La ricerca è stata sviluppata in due luoghi di frontiera cruciali: da un lato l’Isola di Lampedusa, frontiera in entrata dell’Europa attraverso l’Italia; dall’altro, la Valsusa, frontiera in uscita dall’Italia verso la Francia. Come interagiscono le diverse reti della solidarietà? Come queste si connettono con le pratiche di mobilità dei migranti in transito? Come le pratiche di solidarietà si confrontano con le forme di controllo delle autorità agite al confine? Il campo di ricerca etnografico è stato sviluppato durante la pandemia di COVID-19 e si pone l’obbiettivo di rispondere a queste interconnesse domande di ricerca.

Davide Filippi, Luca Giliberti & Luca Queirolo Palmas (2021). From Lampedusa to the Susa Valley: solidarity networks in two border battlegrounds, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, DOI: 10.1080/1354571X.2021.1953776

Italia, Italy, migranti, migrants, solidarity

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