8 Mar 2022 16:00 - 18:00 Online


An event organised by the In War’s Wake: Mobility, Belonging, and Becoming in the Aftermath of Urban Conflict research network.

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This event has been postponed from 17 February to Tuesday 8 March 2022.

Roundtable speakers

  • Gianluca Gatta (Archivio delle Memorie Migranti)
  • Irene Peano (Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon)
  • Lorenzo Pezzani (Forensic Oceanography)
  • Timothy Raeymaekers (University of Bologna)
  • AbdouMaliq Simone (Urban Institute, University of Sheffield)


Differently from accounts of civil war, internecine violence and intra-national conflict that we have explored so far in the IWW Network, this academics-activists roundtable will reason upon extended notions of “war” and “conflict” by examining spatially the mobile and trans-national counter-narratives of bordering, departure, arrival, anti-blackness, human solidarity, death and life, across the liquid and contested geography of the Mediterranean Sea.

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About the speakers

Archivio delle Memorie Migranti (The Archive of Migrant Memories) is both a real and virtual space for stories, self-narratives and dialogues between people wishing to share their experience of migration with others interested in learning about what they went through and their feelings and reflections. AMM is a “community of practice” composed of people pursuing common goals from a variety of perspectives. Their activities range from the collection of testimonies to the production of personal narratives and life histories, from participatory audio and video production to the development of teaching materials aimed at bringing the migrants’ real life experience into schools and making them available to anyone interested.

Dr Gianluca Gatta is the co-founder of Archivio delle Memorie Migranti (Rome) and the PI of the Horizon 2020 project ITHACA. Interconnecting Histories and Archives for Migrant Agency: Entangled Narratives Across Europe and the Mediterranean Region (G.A. 101004539). He holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Naples “L’Orientale”. From 2018 to 2021 he worked as Project Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Intercultural Studies of Kobe University (Japan). His research interests are: body, power and production of illegality; third places and sociability; migrant voices, memory and subjectivity. Among his recent publications are: «Self-narration, Participatory Video and Migrant Memories: A (Re)making of the Italian Borders» (2019); «‘Half devil and half child’: an ethnographic perspective on the treatment of migrants on their arrival in Lampedusa» (2018).

Prof Timothy Raeymaekers is Senior Assistant Professor at the Department of History and Cultures of the University of Bologna, where he researches the (re-)configurations of public authority in environments where such authority is fundamentally being questioned and reformulated. This interest involves, amongst others, research on situations of protracted armed conflict and organized political violence. It also involves research on in|formality and non|state authority, focusing for instance on the mediation of (minerals) commodity and labour markets in Central Africa (the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda), and the Mediterranean (North and South Italy). This interest has involved questioning the limits of/to sovereign power, both in a geographical sense (e.g. in the study of territorial borders and the margins of the state) and in a more anthropological sense (with a focus on liminality, and the politics of difference). In all these cases, he continues to combine a strong theoretical interest with a dedication to in-depth longitudinal ethnographic study and engaged public debate. He is the author of the collection edited by The Black Mediterranean Collective, of which he is part, entitled ‘The Black Mediterranean: Bodies, Borders and Citizenship’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), of the book ‘Violent capitalism and hybrid identity in the Eastern Congo: power to the margins’ (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and of numerous others.

Dr Irene Peano is Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon. She trained as a social anthropologist at the University of Cambridge, where she received her PhD in 2011. She has previously held post-doctoral positions at the University of Bologna (Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow) and at the University of Bucharest. For more than ten years, Dr Peano has been engaged in research on the exploitation of migrants, with a specific focus on sex work and agricultural labour, and on forms of resistance to labour and migration regimes, to which she is actively committed. She has done field research in Nigeria, Italy and Romania. She has published extensively on these topics and her latest publications include articles on Social Change Review (2021), Mobilities (2020), and Quaderni di Scienza & Politica (2020). Dr Peano is currently part of the COLOUR Project (The Colour of Labour: the racialized Lives of Migrants) at the University of Lisbon.

Forensic Oceanography is a collaborative project between Lorenzo Pezzani and Charles Heller in which they critically investigate the militarised border regime imposed by Europe across the Mediterranean Sea. Pezzani is an architect based in London and Heller is a film-maker based in Tunis. They began the project in 2011 within Forensic Architecture. Forensic Oceanography’s investigations form the basis of reports and visual interpretations, which have been exhibited in art galleries and at art festivals in Europe. Among their project is The Left-to-Die Boat (2011) which deals with the European migrant crisis, drawing on an array of surveillance tools to document the case of a distressed migrant boat that received no intervention from nearby Nato vessels, resulting in the death of 63 migrants.

Prof AbdouMaliq Simone is Senior Professorial Fellow at the Urban Institute, University of Sheffield and an urbanist with an abiding interest in the spatial and social compositions of urban regions. For three decades he has been working in urban areas of Africa, South and Southeast Asia, with a particular interest in the everyday lives of Black and Muslim working-class residents. Prof Simone’s primary focus has been on practices of social interchange, technical arrangements, local economy, and the constitution of power relations that affect how heterogeneous cities are lived. He has worked on remaking municipal systems, training local government personnel, designing collaborative partnerships among technicians, residents, artists, and politicians. The focus of these efforts has to been to build viable institutions capable of engaging with the complexities of life across the so-called “majority world.” His prolific work deals with a multiplicity of propositions and capacities for relationships that remain untapped in popular districts across urban Asia and Africa, even though they are deployed everyday under the rubric of “popular economies.” Among his most influential texts are For the City Yet to Come: Urban Life in Four African Cities (Duke, 2004), New Urban Worlds: Inhabiting Dissonant Times (with Edgar Pieterse; Polity, 2017) and Improvising Lives: Afterlives of an Urban South (Polity, 2018).

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