Paolo Boccagni, HOMInG’s PI, is a 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).
More info: unitn.academia.edu/PaoloBoccagni
Barbara Bertolani is a sociologist with a BA in Political Sciences from Bologna University and a PhD in Sociology form Parma University. She was a Post-doctoral fellow in Sociology at Ferrara University in 2003, 2004 and 2008. From 2006 to 2015 she was Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Sociology of Economic and Labor Processes and of Social Policies in EU at the University of Molise. She did extensive qualitative sociological and ethnographic research on North Africans, South Asians and Sikhs in Italy. Her research interests include inter-marriages, ethnic and kin networks, transnationalism, second generation Sikh youth in Italy, Sikh women and gender violence. She published in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Mondi Migranti, Religioni e Società and Quaderni di Sociologia. Besides her academic commitments, she collaborates with the anti-violence centre of Modena in Italy.
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”.
More info: unibg.academia.edu/SaraBonfanti
Gabriel Echeverría is a political scientist with a BA in International Relations from the University of Bologna and a PhD in International Migration and Social Integration from the Complutense University of Madrid. His research interests have focused on phenomena that somehow defy traditional social and political institutions. In this respect, international migrations appeared to be a key phenomenon. Their “subversive nature” and their “productive challenge” not only force categories to be rethought, but, in so doing, stimulate the opening of new potentialities, the space for a reformulation of paradigms and behaviours. His doctoral research project inquired into the experience of irregular migrants in different contexts and combined a social systems theoretical approach with empirical research methodologies. The results of this work were published in 2020 in the IMISCOE/Springer open access book “Towards a systemic theory of irregular migration. Explaining Ecuadorian Irregular Migration in Amsterdam and Madrid”. Another topic of interest and publications has been citizenship and the differential inclusion/exclusion of migrants in hosting societies. Since 2017, Echeverría has worked as a researcher and instructional designer at the International Cooperation Centre (Trento) where he was responsible for the development of the e-learning program.
Luis Eduardo Perez Murcia
Aurora Massa (L’Orientale University of Naples)
Alejandro Miranda Nieto (German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina)
Milena Belloni (University of Antwerp)
Ilka Vari-Lavoisier (University of Oxford)