“They Arrange Human Beings like Sardines”

Since 2013, over 725,000 migrants have fled their homes in sub-Sahara Africa for Europe.  Many of these migrants traveled to Sicily, the southern entry point to the European Union, from Libya, crossing the Mediterranean on unseaworthy boats.

Pride without Prestige

The Northern League focused on the civilizational divide between an abstract idea of Europe, Mitteleuropa (Central Europe)–the superior trans-alpine North in the international order of things– which represents a high culture with its implied Germanic and supposedly high race, and the rest of the world, especially Muslims and Africans who are constructed as uncivilized, primitive, and violent. Framing themselves as Europeans as opposed to immigrants, not only compensate for their prestige deficit but also satisfy their bourgeoisie ideology that is based on a self-perception of being civilized, pure, hard-working, and therefore rich people, thereby rescuing them from the label of being a quasi-member of the global precariat.

Populism and the Conundrums of Democracy in Italy

As we approach the General Elections in Italy, the possibility that either of the two populist parties will take part in the government haunts the Italian—and indeed the European—political establishment, both of which frame the election in the bogus terms of populists threatening to supplant liberal values.

Suspended Lives

Endangered minorities and linguistic pluralism in Italy In 1999, the implementation of act no. 482 finally created the opportunity to link linguistic minorities in Italy directly with local self-government. After the demarcation of their territories by the provincial councils, the linguistic minorities recognized by act no. 482 were granted the right to use their languages […]

Giving Birth at Europe’s Door

(Un)Making Precarious Lives in the Mediterranean I did not expect a project on birth and pregnant crossings in EU borderlands to make me think about death and mourning so much. Yet now they seem so intimately connected I wonder how it could have ever been otherwise. I find myself increasingly dividing my time between visits […]