New paper in S&CG: The activist mode of existence and creative methods

Social and Cultural Geography has recently published a paper that took me many years to write and to think upon — it is called The ethnographic novel as activist mode of existence: translating the field with homeless people and beyond. The paper is about the way in which I ‘translated’ my fieldwork with homeless people in Turin into … Read more

New paper in Transactions: Racialised dissatisfaction and homeless management

It took me a long time but finally is here… my Transactions’ paper on how homeless people negotiate their differences at the margins. The paper shows how the management of the urban poor carries effects on the ways homeless people encounter and negotiate their cultural, societal and ethnic differences. It does so providing a post-human and … Read more

New Paper: Life at the urban margins with Colin McFarlane

Environment and Planning A has just published a paper that Colin McFarlane and myself have written on the infra-making of sanitation at the margins of Turin and Mumbai. The paper informs debates on comparative urbanism and on urban infrastructure. In this work we bring to the fore two main ideas — first, that is possible compare cities … Read more

Eura 2016: Urban Walk at the Margins of Turin

  I am very happy to be part of the EURA 2016 conference in my – adoptive – city of Turin! If you are around, here are just some of the exciting things we’re are gonna do in Turin: We will start on Thursday the 16th at 9pm with the presentation of Alex Vasudevan’s book ‘Metropolitan … 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

New paper in City on Homelessness and Public institutions

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 … Read more

New Paper: Entanglement of Faith (on Urban Studies)

A new paper of mine is available on Urban Studies (online first). The paper is entitled ‘Entanglements of faith: Discourses, practices of care and homeless people in an Italian City of Saints‘. It is about Faith-Base Organisations in Turin, and the work they do with homeless people. I am particularly fond of this paper: it … Read more

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 … Read more

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