Launching a new Master in Urban and Political Geography in Turin!

In Turin we are launching a new Urban and Political Geography pathway within our Master in Geography and Territorial Sciences.

From Sept 2023 | All in English | With leading scholars | Beautiful City | Low tuition fees.

The curricula include courses on the birth of critical geographical thinking, urban & housing studies, racialised & gendered cities, history and spaces of capitalism, critical migration studies, southern urbanism, political ecology & more.

Check the full brochure: https://www.geography.unito.it/documents/2023_Brochure_Geography_EN.pdf

For subscriptions & further info: https://www.masterstudies.com/Interuniversity-Masters-Degree-in-Geography-and-Territorial-Sciences/Italy/Politecnico-di-Torino-Inter-university-Department-of-Regional-and-Urban-Studies-and-Planning/

Feel free to contact me if you are interested or have any questions.

Abusive detention in Libya & the role of the Italian Government in it

“Libya has long been unsafe for refugees and migrants. Both state and non-state actors subject them to a catalogue of human rights violations and abuses including unlawful killings, torture and other ill-treatment, rape and other sexual violence, indefinitearbitrary detention in cruel and inhuman conditions, and forced labour, among others. Despite well-documented patterns of horrific abuse committed with impunity for over a decade, European states and institutions continue to provide material support and pursue migration policies enabling Libyan coastguards to intercept men, women and children attempting to flee to safety by crossing the Mediterranean Sea andforciblyreturn them to Libya, where they are transferred to abusive detention and face renewed cycles of human rights violations.”

Amnesty International has just released a new report titled ‘No one will look for you‘, showing how, since late 2020 Libyan authorities have “legitimized informal places of captivity with unremedied histories of abuse against refugees and migrants by integrating them into the official migration detention infrastructure.”

The report is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the latest phase of the fascist anti-migration politics put in place for decades by the European Union. A keystone of the EU approach is to delegate border control to Mediterranean’s States with – to say the least – dubious respect for humanitarian rights, including Libya and Turkey.

In this politics, Italy plays a major role. The Italian Government has just announced its re-financing of the Libyan ‘Costal Guard’, who has a proven track record of harassment towards African migrants and dangerous practices against migrants’ vessels in the open Sea. The video below shows one of the latest episodes, reported by Sea Watch Italy.

The way in which we are defending our borders reveals what we are really defending. Our rotten values.

In memory of Moussa Balde

Today I am turning 38, and all I can think about is that the city I have chosen to live in, the city where my life is continuing and extending, is the same place where last Sunday Moussa Balde had to take his life as the only possible choice, the only possible way forward.

For the international friends, here we are talking about a 23 years old young Guinean man, who travelled across deserts and sea to reach this place – where he got jailed, then beaten up by fascists on the streets, then incarcerated again in one of the ‘centres for repatriation’ (Cpr).

The silencing of the potential of his life – the shutting down of all possible reverberations of his becoming – is a violent act that came before Moussa’s decision to commit suicide in the CPR’s cell where he was locked in. It is ingrained in European migration politics, in its Italian implementation, and in the everyday life of a city that does not simply ‘turn its back’ away, but it fires against, its so-defined ‘other’.

What kind of inhabitation is this? What kind of home?

Rest in power, Moussa Balde.

New paper in City on Homelessness and Public institutions

The 'Emergenza Freddo' camp in Turin, 2010 (Photo ML)
The ‘Emergenza Freddo’ camp in Turin, 2010 (Photo ML)

City has recently published one of my paper on homelessness, from my 2010 fieldwork in Turin, Italy. The paper can be downloaded here, below is the abstract.

Lancione, M. (2014), Assemblages of care and the analysis of public policies on homelessness in Turin, Italy, City, 18:1, 25-40

This paper investigates the ways urban policies on homelessness are discursively framed and practically enacted in Turin, Italy. The notion of ‘assemblages of care’ is introduced to show how these policies contribute to the constitution of different experiences of homelessness, by means of their discursive blueprints and practical enactments. Relying on 10 months of ethnographic fieldwork, the paper questions four policies. Three of these interventions are found to have negative impacts on homeless people’s emotions and ways of life; the remaining policy, I argue, holds the potential to produce alternative assemblages and more positive engagement with the individuals encountered. The conclusion provides more general critical reflections on urban policy and homelessness.

Photo – Fenestrelle Fort

 

Fenestrelle 8

Today, just before leaving Italy for Australia, I have been to the Fenestrelle Fort. It is a very interesting place, the biggest fortress in Europe. Amazing. But the most amazing thing to me is to having shared this visit with my parents. A beautiful day, just before taking another plane.

Below there is a showcase of some of the pictures that I took.

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Terraferma – Le vent nous portera

(Screenshot da Terraferma, 2011)

Terraferma è un film del 2011, di Emanuele Crialese. Terraferma è un film che tu devi vedere, che dobbiamo vedere tutti. E non per quello che racconta. Quello che racconta i più attenti già lo conoscono. Ma per quello che non dice. Per la grande assente dalla narrazione: la politica Italico-Libica, quella che ha portato a ciò che il film rappresenta. Grande cinema italiano, in piccola meschina italietta.

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Psicofarmaci nelle carceri

Leggo questo breve articolo di ‘E’, sull’utilizzo degli psicofarmaci nelle carceri italiane. Si parla di qualcosa come 35.000 detenuti che utilizzano questi farmaci, per stare buoni, sedati, tranquilli. È il controllo totale dell’individuo politico, ovvero del suo essere cittadino, attraverso l’annichilamento del corpo – come spiegava Foucault. C’è qualcosa di sinistro, in tutto questo. Il carcere è un’aberrazione totale, di per s’è. Quando poi va oltre le mura ed entra dentro così, quando le mura le costruisce tra le ossa e i neuroni, non merita più rispetto. Il carcere non merita rispetto. Va ridicolizzato, nella sua assurdità.

Link al pezzo: http://www.eilmensile.it/2012/04/07/leccessivo-uso-di-psicofarmaci-nelle-carceri/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=leccessivo-uso-di-psicofarmaci-nelle-carceri

Il Futuro del Mondo Passa da Qui

Segnalo l’uscita di un volume+dvd intitolato “Il Futuro del Mondo Passa da Qui”. Si tratta di un insolito esperimento in cui 16 fotografi, 18 autori (tra cui il sottoscritto) e 2 illustratori documentano, rileggono, raccontano… una “periferia” torinese – quella del Lungo Stura/Parco Stura.

Il volume è appena uscito ed è, a mio avviso, un buon esercizio di “geografia sociale” (non posso parlarne male, ci sono dentro anche io!). Allegato al libro c’è un film documentario presentato al Torino Film Festival (2010) e vincitore del Premio Joris Ivens a Cinéma du Réel (Parigi, 2011). A Torino il volume si può acquistare in alcune librerie (Feltrinelli, Comunardi, Trebisonda, Therese…), si può ordinare ovunque, e si può acquistare online (sia su Amazon.it che sul sito del “collettivo”: http://www.ilfuturodelmondopassadaqui.it/). Il racconto breve che ho scritto, se interessati, si può scaricare gratuitamente dal mio sito.

Ne approfitto anche per dire che il mio romanzo sui senza fissa dimora, Il Numero 1, è stato recensito positivamente da “L’indice dei libri del mese” di Dicembre – il libro vive, è là fuori, anche se io galleggio in Oceania. Se avete voglia di aiutarmi a farlo conoscere, proponete qualunque nefandezza: accetterò. Dico sul serio!
Info sul libro, qui: https://www.michelelancione.eu/libri/publishedbooks/ilnumero1/ilnumero1.html (qui la rassegna stampa).

C’est tout!

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