Beyond homelessness studies: a keynote at the ERCH

I was recently generously invited by FEANTSA and the European Observatory on Homelessness to deliver one of the keynotes at the 12th European Research Conference on Homelessness, under the theme ‘Changing Profiles of Homelessness: Implications for Services’. The conference took place at the University of Barcelona, on the 22nd of September 2017. My intervention was entitled … Read more

New special issue and paper on ethnography and the margins

Together with my good friends and colleagues Tatiana Thieme (UCL) and Elisabetta Rosa (Université Catholique de Louvain) we have just published a very exciting special issue in City: Analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action. The special issue is about the challenges of ethnographic research at the urban margins and contains contributions from Silvia Aru, … Read more

New contribution to a forum on minor politics in EPD

I am very happy to be part of this exciting forum around micro politics and the minor, which builds on Cindi Katz’s 1996 ‘Towards Minor Theory‘ published in EPD: Society and Space. The forum was organised by two friends at Oxford, Thomas Jellis and Joe Gerlach, with contributions from Anna Secor and Jess Linz; Cristina Temenos; … Read more

A inceput ploaia, ‘my’ first documentary. Why, when, and how.

A început ploaia is the first documentary about forced evictions in Bucharest, which I written, researched and directed after two years of ethnographic fieldwork, activism and engagement with evicted people in the city. The film follows the story of the Vulturilor 50 community (100 individuals), whom dwelt on the street of Bucharest from September 2014 … Read more

EURA 2016 in Turin – Committed Positioning and Urban Ethnography

Please find below a CFP for the forthcoming EURA conference ‘City lights. ​Cities and citizens within/beyond/notwithstanding the crisis’, Turin (Italy), 16-18 June 2016 ( 500-word abstracts should include title, keywords, name of the author(s), affiliation and full contact details, and should be sent to both Michele Lancione ( and Elisabetta Rosa ( no later than … Read more

RGS-IBG 15: Ethnography and Underground Bucharest

The RGS-IBG 2015 is about to start in Exeter. It’s a long time I haven’t took part to one RGS-IBG and I am very much looking forward to it: this year program looks great. At the conference I’ve co-organised two sessions with Tatiana Thieme and Elisabetta Rosa, called The city and the margins: Ethnographic challenges across … Read more

CFP – The city and the margins: Ethnographic challenges across makeshift urbanism

I am co-organising, with Tatiana Thieme (Cambridge) and Elisabetta Rosa (Aix-Marseille), the following CFP for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2015, Exeter, 2-4 September 2015. Please take it into consideration and feel free to forward it to your contacts. Thanks! The city and the margins: Ethnographic challenges across makeshift urbanism Session convenors: Michele Lancione, University … Read more

Context, subject, space. Some reflections on ethnography

I have been taking part to an ethnography panel with Barbara Czarniawska at UTS, on the 12th of November. The panel was good fun, providing some interesting reflections upon ethnographic practice and thought. Here there is my presentation – just some draft, and brief, notes – which can be also downloaded at this link. 2013_11_12 CMOS, … Read more

The politics of becoming (geo) ethnographer

Today, at UTS Business School, I presented on my ethnographic work and the challenges and political stances associated to it. A good panel – with Theresa Anderson and David Brown. Thanks to CMOS and Paul Thambar for having organised it! Below my presentation, which can also be watched/downloaded here.

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