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Published on Monday, July 17, 2023

Abstract

The conference analyzes the entanglement of official classifications and life-as-lived in the context of migration and human mobility. What happens to practices, poetics, and grammars of migration at points of encounter between state and non-state relations? Authors across disciplines and those outside of academic institutions (eg, but not limited to: activists, artists, etc.) are encouraged to submit and the organizers are committed to hosting work that contends with the topic across multiple modalities and methods.

Announcement

Presentation

The need to problematize migration has never been more urgent. Pervasive austerity policies have, unsurprisingly, been unable to achieve their stated aims of stopping immigration. Instead, they have systematically under-resourced migration infrastructure and implemented policies and programs that increasingly isolate newcomers and remove or further complicate paths to inclusion. As a result, social relations beyond the state have become increasingly important as both an alternative and necessity to survive state abandonment and vulnerablization. Thinking from these relations offers the opportunity to simultaneously provincialize the state and offer a finer-grained account of the violence, predation, inclusions, and possibilities at its margins, frontiers, and outsides. This conference aims to bring together diverse perspectives that dwell in the particular, think through the specific, and offer thick description of migration between state and non-state life. Our focus departs from this vital space of contestation. When states deal with migration, they rely on constructing and reproducing regimes of classification. These can be both juridical dichotomies - like those between citizen and foreigner, economic migrant or political refugee, regular and irregular, or criminal and victim - and more qualitative assessments - like those between deserving and undeserving, familiar and strange, or trustworthy and suspect. Meanwhile, the state’s abstract categories are always in contrast with the much more ambiguous complexity of social relations. Understanding contemporary migration requires attention to the way state and non-state, or with more nuance state-like and state-dislike (Scheele 2021) relations and institutions are not separate, but entangled fields of relations that interact through moments of subsumption, symbiosis, subversion. We invite submissions that analyze the entanglement of official classifications and life-as-lived in the context of migration and human mobility. What happens to practices, poetics, and grammars of migration at points of encounter between state and non-state relations? Authors across disciplines and those outside of academic institutions (eg, but not limited to: activists, artists, etc.) are encouraged to submit and the organizers are committed to hosting work that contends with the topic across multiple modalities and methods.

Programme

Monday, July 17th

Building 17 (Edificio 17), “Gregotti” Theatre (Teatro “Gregotti”), Viale delle Scienze, Palermo

  • 09.00-09.20 Registration
  • 09.20-09.30 Wecome Michele Cometa, Direttore del Dipartimento Culture e Società, Università di Palermo Gioacchino Lavanco, Direttore del Dipartimento Scienze Psicologiche, Pedagogiche, dell’Esercizio fisico e della Formazione, Università di Palermo
  • 09.30-09.45 Opening Jacob Bessen (University of Toronto), Giorgia Mirto (Columbia University, New York), Stefano Montes and Gaetano Sabato (Università di Palermo)

09.45-13.00 Session I

Chair: Giorgia Mirto, Columbia University, New York

  • 09.45-10.15 Shahram Khosravi, University of Stockholm, Temporal Segregation.
  • 10.15-10.35 Tiziana Menegazzo, Indipendent Researcher, Odissee Fiorite: Identità e cura nella progettualità del quotidiano e del futuro di donne migranti attraverso la cultura materiale e la narrazione come veicolo di significazione.
  • 10.35-10.55 Gloria Yafan Niu, Chiang Mai University, Thailand, Patriarchy and Female Agency in Transnational Nomadic Families: A Study of Chinese Diaspora in Chiang Mai.

10.55-11.15 Coffee break

  • 11.15-11.35 Claudio Gnoffo, Università Guglielmo Marconi Roma, Nel nome di Gogol: i conflitti di un immigrato di seconda generazione.
  • 11.35-11.55 Norma Montesino, Lund University, The enclosures and sadness of migrant categories. 
  • 11.55-12.15 Karolina Nugumanova, Emil Kamalov, OutRush Project, Gender Differences in Attitudes, Coping Strategies, and Integration among Russian Emigrants: a Longitudinal Study.
  • 12.15-13.00 Discussion

13.00-14.45 Lunch Break

14.45-18.30 Session II

Chair: Stefano Montes, Università di Palermo

  • 14.45-15.05 Richard Braude, Independent Researcher, Short-circuits, breaks and flows between Italian colonialism and contemporary Italian immigration.
  • 15.05-15.25 Pietro Alfano, Pasqua de Candia, Sergio Cipolla, CISS ONG, Image of colonialism in unaccompanied refugee minor’s care.
  • 15.25-15.45 Giorgia Mirto, Columbia University, The Shipwrecks’ aftermath: Barca Nostra as Modern Relic.
  • 15.45-16.05 Denis Barros De Almeida e Riccardo Sacco, Università di Urbino “Carlo Bo”, Bordering abilities. Intersecting camp and classroom exclusions in the manipulation of immigrant pupils’ (dis)abilities.

16.05-16.25 Coffee break

  • 16.25-16.35 Stop Border Violence, Project Presentation “Article 4: Stop Torture and Inhuman Treatments”.
  • 16.35-16.55 Kenia Berenice Ortiz Cadena, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, La pulsione di vita tra i migranti LGBT+ nei confronti dei limiti eteropatriarcali e coloniali.
  • 16.55-17.15 Francesco D’Angiolillo, Università di Roma La Sapienza, Spazi di inclusione e di esclusione: il rapporto centro-periferia nell’esperienza Queer.
  • 17.15-17.35 Rossana Salerno, Università di Palermo, La devozione degli emigrati: il sacro import&export.
  • 17.35-18.30 Discussion

Day 2_ Tuesday, July 18th

Building 17 (Edificio 17), “Gregotti” Theatre (Teatro “Gregotti”), Viale delle Scienze, Palermo

09.15-13.00 Session III

Chair: Gaetano Sabato, Università di Palermo

  • 09.15-09.45 Valentina Napolitano, University of Toronto, A Commentary: Migration and Mystics, beside the giftexchange.
  • 09.45-10.05 Donatella Schmidt, Università di Padova, Creative responses in vulnerable and fragile settings.
  • 10.05-10.25 Nerges Azizi, Birkbeck University of London, The Role of Families, Love and Kin in Border Justice.
  • 10.25-10.45 Doriana Somma, ONG “Missione Calcutta Onlus”, IDPs and non-IDPs in Ukraine during Russian aggression: the role of humanitarian intervention, with the community between acceptance and rejection.

10.45-11.05

Coffee break

  • 11.05-11.25 Tania Sengupta, Mount Carmel College, Autonomous, Bengaluru, India, Economic Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Migrant and Non-Migrant Women of Bengaluru, India: A Comparative Analysis of Mobility and Vulnerability.
  • 3/4 11.25-11.45 Jacob Bessen, University of Toronto, Fieldnotes on Migration and Mutual Aid: Relations and Calculations at the Limits of Migrant-hood.
  • 11.45-12.05 Alessia Bonsignore, Università di Palermo, Il processo migratorio: raccontarsi attraverso le storie di vita.
  • 12.05-13.00 Discussion

13.00-14.45 Lunck break

14.45-18.30 Session IV

Chair: Jacob Bessen, University of Toronto

  • 14.45-15.05 Arianna Di Bella, Università di Palermo, Come l’aria di Melida Nadj Abonji: gli emigrati nella nuova patria tra transnazionalità e multilinguismo.
  • 15.05-15.25 Nirmal Gadgil, Pondicherry University, Kalapet, Emergence of Migration Violence in Central Asia: A Nexus Between Ethnic Intersectionality and State Actor.
  • 15.25-15.45 Jacques Antoine Tome Bodiong, MITRA (Migrations Transnationales), LA Post-métropole : Quand les corps colonisés investissent sexuellement la métropole.

15.45-16.05 Coffee break

  • 16.05-16.25 Maria Rosaria Di Giacinto, Università di Palermo, Radici, migrazioni e nuda vita. Il Museo dell’emigrazione di Salina.
  • 16.25-16.45 Asma Ben Hadj Hassen, University of Bayreuth, The Political, social and racial construction of Irregular Migrants in Tunisia.
  • 16.45-17.05 Alessandro Romano, Università Kore, Enna, I MSNA tra fragilità, bisogni educativi (speciali) e politiche inclusive a scuola.
  • 17.05-17.25 Chiara Denaro, Università di Bologna, De-bordering asylum Interlocutions, negotiations, and struggles as a tool for contesting violence.
  • 17.25-18.30 Discussion

Day 3_ Wednesday, July 19th

Building 15 (Edificio 15), Viale delle Scienze, Palermo Room 807, 8th floor (Stanza 807, 8° piano)

09.15-13.00 Session V

Chair: Girolamo Cusimano, Università di Palermo

  • 09.15-09.35 Marina Castiglione, Università di Palermo, «Due volte fuori casa eravamo. Una in Germania e una in mezzo al mondo». Voci scritte dall’“altrove” tedesco del Novecento.
  • 09.35-09.55 Tindaro Bellinvia, Università di Messina, Giovani sub-sahariani, linea del colore e micro-conflitti.
  • 09.55-10.15 Federica Cacciatore, Università di Palermo, L’attesa come strumento di potere sui migranti.
  • 10.15-10.35 Giovanni Messina, Università di Messina, Uno sguardo geografico sulle migrazioni.

10.35-10.55 coffee break

  • 10.55-11.15 Elisabetta Di Giovanni e Massimiliano Schirinzi, Università di Palermo, Multilinguism within transnational families as shaping resources.
  • 11.15-11.35 Enrica Caruso, Università di Palermo, Migrazioni in Italia e il linguaggio politico: Un’analisi critica. 
  • 11.35-11.55 Laura Restuccia, Università di Palermo, Dislocazioni: letteratura migrante e spazi con-divisi.

11.55-13.00 Discussion

13.00-14.45 Lunck break

14.45-18.30 Session VI

Chair: Giovanni Messina, Università di Messina

  • 14.45-15.05 Petra Dankova, University of Bayreuth and Technical University of Applied Sciences Würzburg – Schweinfurt (Germany), Recognizing victims: transnational journeys of social work expertise along the West African Route to Europe.
  • 15.05-15.25 Louis Volante, Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada, The impact of the pandemic on education policies and migrant student outcomes.
  • 15.25-15.45 Claudia Di Matteo, Lund University, The institutional logics and the classification processes of gender-based violence (GBV): Categorizations of migrant women having a precarious legal status within secondary welfare provisions in Italy and Sweden.
  • 15.45-16.05 Valeria Rossi, Università di Palermo, Marrakech, “ville sans bidonvilles”, the inefficiency of an updown Government housing strategy against the experience of civil society organizations.

16.05-16.25 coffee break

  • 16.25-16.45 Maria Adamopoulou, European University Institute Firenze, Your life as a problem: the Greek Gastarbeiter excluded at home and abroad (1960-1989).
  • 16.45-17.05 Stefano Montes e Mattia Montes, Università di Palermo, Experiments in Migrations and Perspectives.
  • 17.05-17.25 Gaetano Sabato, Università di Palermo, On migrations and boundaries: between authorship and autobiography. A cultural-geographic perspective.
  • 17.25-18.10 Discussion
  • 18.10-18.30 Closing remarks Jacob Bessen (University of Toronto), Giorgia Mirto (Columbia University, New York), Stefano Montes and Gaetano Sabato (Università di Palermo)

Places

  • Building 17 (Edificio 17), “Gregotti” Theatre (Teatro “Gregotti”) - Viale delle Scienze
    Palermo, Italian Republic

Event attendance modalities

Full on-site event


Date(s)

  • Monday, July 17, 2023
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Information source

  • Jacob Bessen
    courriel : jacob [dot] bessen [at] mail [dot] utoronto [dot] ca

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« Problematizing Migration: Mobility and Vulnerablization in an Age of Abandonment and Inequalities », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Monday, July 17, 2023, https://doi.org/10.58079/1blh

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