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(2017/2018) II Semester: “Youth and Migration: Socio-anthropological studies on future and social action”  

Title:​ Youth and Migration: Socio-anthropological studies on future and social action

Coordination: Luca Ciabarri (Department of Philosophy, Unimi) – luca.ciabarri@unimi.it

Dates 10, 11, 13, 24 April

Teachers:​

  • Luca Ciabarri, Department of Philosophy, Unimi – luca.ciabarri@unimi.it
  • Anja Simonsen, University of Copenaghen
  • Flavia Cangia, Institute of Psychology and Education, Univ. of Neuchâtel,
  • Paolo Gaibazzi, Zentrum Moderner Orient ZMO, Berlino


April 10, 2018, h. 14,30-16,30, Sala Seminari - Seminars Room
Luca Ciabarri, UNIMI
Introduction to the course. Theoretical and empirical socio-anthropological studies on future and social action

April 11, 2018, h. 10,30-12,30, Sala Seminari - Seminars Rom
Anja Simonsen, University of Copenaghen
Time, hope, fantasies. Migrants and social action

Venerdì 13 Aprile 2018, h. 10,30-12,20, Room 113, Festa del Perdono
Flavia Cangia, Institute of Psychology and Education, Univ. of Neuchâtel,
Affective and Semantic Liminalities: Young People Writing About Migration in Italy
(also CRC Escapes seminar)

April 24, 2018, h. 14,30-16,30, Room Enzo Paci
Paolo Gaibazzi, Zentrum Moderner Orient ZMO, Berlino
(Im)mobility through time: reflections on West African modes of social reproduction
(also CRC Escapes seminar)

 

Course​ Abstract

Recent studies on youth emigration from Africa to Europe have combined a perspective focused on the socio-economic conditions in the areas of departure with enquiries on the role of expectations, motivations and local/global social imaginaries framing the decision to leave. In parallel, recent social analyses have developed a specific reflection on future and social action, highlighting the role of future as a “cultural fact” residing in the capacity to aspire or in culturally constructed imaginaries (Appadurai) or analysing how notions of future are implied in social reproduction or in social dynamics (Hage, Bourdieu). Social studies on future thus begin to form a consistent body of literature, in correspondence with the waves of precariousness thrown in our lives by global processes of economic crises and inequalities and the failures of the idea of development: the more future emerges as a scarce resource, the more its social dimensions are investigated. In this course these two lines of research will converge in order to sketch out a theoretically informed reflection on agency and social action on the one side and, on the other side, on the social production of future.

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