Lampedusa is Burning: Open Spaces of Detention in an Italian Migrant Limboscape

12-1 pm

Giddings House 212, Department of Anthropology

Dinah Hannaford, Assistant Professor of International Studies, Texas A&M University

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Hannaford will discuss three Italian sites involved in the European “refugee crisis.” Drawing from her fieldwork in Lampedusa, Ventimiglia and Torino, she uses the concepts of limbo and open detention to explore African migrants' ambivalent relationship with Italy as a destination. Hannaford argues that this ambivalence is mutual and discusses the implications of this ambivalence for the future of migration management in Italy and Italy’s role within the European Union. 

Hannaford is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on gender, migration, and international development. Her latest book is Marriage Without  Borders: Transnational Spouses in Neoliberal Senegal (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017).

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