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Mobilities, solidarities and imaginaries across the borders: the mountain, the sea, the urban and the rural as spaces of transit and encounters

Focusing on the Italian context, the project considers the porosity of the national territory, deeply interconnected at a transnational level, in which migrants on the move with different legal status and social positioning give shape to forms of temporary dwelling and mobility, despite the multiplication of borders and boundaries along lines of colour, race, citizenship, gender and class. In the Italian spaces of transit, profoundly transformed by the effects of Covid-19 pandemic, migrants’ mobilities are shaped by mechanisms of containment and multiple filtering, processes of production and reproduction of labour that go often beyond national borders and by the strive for autonomy, fuelled by social representations, imaginaries on the future and narratives of the past which steer choices and biographies. A crucial role in this articulation of mobilities is played by the heterogeneous set of practices of solidarity towards and with migrants: in the urban fabric of the city; around the hotspots, camps and other border apparatuses; in the Mediterranean search and rescue area; within digital platforms and networks; across the alpine passages to northern Europe; in the stratified labour markets in which migrant workforce is employed, as in the agriculture, logistics, delivery and services sector. Therefore, the project aims to investigate the social production of porosity and of new imaginaries along four different spaces of transit – the mountain, the sea, the urban and the rural area – looking at the encounters between migrants on the move and solidarity networks and actions.


6 Maggio 2024

The new governance of migration. Conference @UniOR. On May 21 and 22

On the 21st and 22nd of May, the University of Naples L’Orientale will host a two daysinternational trans-disciplinary conference on the topic of migration, mobility and solidarity.The aim of the conference is to examine the current changes in migration law and management.The event will bring together academics, researchers, legal practitioners, associations and civilsociety actors involved […]
6 Maggio 2024

Dove finiremo? Workshop sul futuro a Padova e Milano

Il team dell’Università di Padova ha organizzato nelle città di Padova e Milano alcuni incontri di ricerca sui futuri ispirandosi al metodo del Future Lab. Ci siamo chiesti “Se continuiamo così, dove finiremo?” Nella discussione collettiva siamo partite  dall’analisi delle ingiustizie quotidiane per poi immaginare futuri utopici e ripensare radicalmente l’ordine sociale in cerca di […]
2 Maggio 2024

14/15 May 2024. International Conference “Collective Memories of Transit across the Mediterranean”

The 14th and 15th of May, the University of Parma’s equipe with its socio-legal clinic, will host a two-day international conference exploring the stories and collective memories of movement, migration, and transit across the Mediterranean region.
2 Febbraio 2024

Law and Anthropology Clinic on Migrations

UniOR has run the second edition of the Law and Anthropology Clinic on Migration, which was held in the months of November and December 2023.


27 Settembre 2023

An ethnographic nautical travel across Tunisia. A new mission with Tanimar

A joint research unit, from the Universities of Genoa and Parma, will carry out an ethnographic journey along the Tunisian coast, with the aim of studying the transformations of the Mediterranean economy, with particular attention to the fishing and tourism sectors, from 30 september to the second half of October.
24 Settembre 2023

Guglielmo Agolino (UniPR) about the so called “Cutro decree”

Italian national newspaper Repubblica, publishes an interview to Guglielmo Agolino, University of Parma researcher of the MOBS research project.
16 Giugno 2023

New book! “Crocevia Mediterraneo” a cura di Jacopo Anderlini ed Enrico Fravega

New book release from the MOBS research group: “Crocevia Mediterraneo”, published by Eleuthera and edited by Jacopo Anderlini, and Enrico Fravega is a collective logbook related to an ethnographic navigation through the migration routes of the central Mediterranean sea, making stopovers in the main hubs of European border control: Pantelleria, Lampedusa, Linosa, Malta.
12 Aprile 2023

Lancio delle cliniche socio-Legali: “migrazioni e frontiere”

Partono il 21 marzo all’Università di Parma le cliniche giuridico-sociologiche “Migrazioni e frontiere”, promosse dall’Ateneo con l’Università di Napoli “L’Orientale” e la collaborazione di Ciac onlus, Croce Rossa Italiana – Comitato di Susa, Diaconia Valdese, Mediterranea, Medici Senza Frontiere e Migrantour Parma. Le cliniche prevedono una prima fase di formazione propedeutica, con incontri ed esperienze […]