Paolo Boccagni


Paolo Boccagni, HOMInG’s PI, is an associate professor in Sociology at the University of Trento. His main research fields are transnational migration, social welfare, care, diversity and home studies, as well as qualitative research at large. He likes working and making connections with colleagues in Europe, America, Australia, and (sooner or later) Asia and Africa, while spending most of his time in Trento, somewhere in Northern Italy. Paolo is a member of the editorial boards of Comparative Migration Studies and Mondi Migranti, and a founding member of the IMISCOE research group IMASP – International migration and social protection. Most recently he has done fieldwork on the views of home of international students, on the socio-legal careers of immigrant domestic workers and on the constructions of diversity among social workers with immigrant clients. Besides teaching, he carries on occasional training, consultancy and volunteering with civil servants, practitioners and students on migration-related issues. Paolo’s publications around the key topics of HOMInG include articles in Housing, Theory and Society (2014), in the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment (2017) and in Housing Studies (2017), as well as the monograph Migration and the search for home: Mapping domestic space in migrants’ everyday lives (Palgrave, 2017).
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Sara Bonfanti


Dr. Sara Bonfanti is a social anthropologist specialized in gender and migration studies. She holds a BA in Cultural Studies and an MSc in Social Anthropology from Turin University. A former visiting fellow at MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, she earned her PhD in Anthropology and Epistemology of Complexity at Bergamo University. She did extensive research on migrant women’s access to community healthcare across Europe and recently carried out a multisite ethnography between Italy and India investigating gender and generational change among Punjabi diasporic families. Keen on participatory approach, her scientific interests include transnationalism, south Asian Diasporas, cultural and religious pluralism, media cultures, intersectionality and life narratives. Engaged in public anthropology, she has also served as a cultural mediator and instructor of Italian-2nd language for immigrant learners in civic bodies.
“My expectations about the project: get the most out of in-depth comparative ethnography; debunk the trite narrative of migrant displacing and re-emplacing; find the (a)synchronous rhythms in HOMInG with a focus on gender and kinship”.
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Aurora Massa


Aurora Massa is specialized in medical anthropology and migration studies. She holds a BA and a MA in cultural and social anthropology at Sapienza-University of Rome, and earned her PhD in Anthropology and Epistemology of Complexity from Bergamo University. Recently, she has studied mobility within and from the Horn of Africa, conducting extensive ethnographic research in Ethiopia on Eritrean refugees and Ethiopian returnees, and on transit migration in Italy. Her main fields of inquiry include travelling experiences, conditions of im/mobility, transnational family networks, nationalism “from below” and youth cultures. She is also interested in the relationships between scientific categories and legal labels, and in the methodologies of qualitative research, particularly in contexts of structural violence. Besides her academic commitments, she was consultant for the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and for various international NGOs, and collaborated as a researcher with health care facilities in Ethiopia and Italy and with the German Felsberg Institute on migration studies. She also worked as a civil servant with refugees and unaccompanied migrant children. She is the author of articles in Italian and English and co-editor of the volume Chi cosa. Rifugiati, transnazionalismi, frontiere (2016, Mincione).

Alejandro Miranda

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Alejandro Miranda is a cultural sociologist with interests spanning social practice, migration, mobilities, social change, transnationalism and rhythmanalysis. His research uses ethnography to investigate the relationship between practices and various forms of circulation and flow. He is also interested in the development of innovative research methods, such as mobile ethnographic techniques and perspectives. He is the author of academic articles on mobilities, musical practice and ethnography. His book, Musical Mobilities: Son Jarocho and the Circulation of Tradition, is forthcoming on the Routledge Advances in Ethnography series. He has taught in universities in Australia and Mexico, and undertaken review for Rowman & Littlefield International. Alejandro holds a PhD in cultural sociology from Western Sydney University, Australia; a Master of Social Science from Linköping University, Sweden; and a BA in sociology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is also a professional guitarist and composer, has been sound artist in residence at ICE, Parramatta, and has won two awards in chamber music competitions.
I expect from this project to better understand how homing is related to dynamics of movement and place-making; and to advance comparative and multi-site ethnographic methods”.