6 February, Dr Michela Franceschelli (Department of Sociology, UCL)
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The seminar will involve the screening of the short film documentary – ‘Ccà semo, here we are. Lives on hold in Lampedusa’, followed by Q&A. This documentary was produced as part of the dissemination of a research study carried out by Michela Franceschelli (Global migration in the Mediterranean Sea and the local lives of Lampedusa), which aimed to explore the effects of global migration on local communities, drawing on an in-depth case study on the Italian island of Lampedusa. The film is directed by the Italian filmmaker Luca Vullo.
Lampedusa - Italy’s most southerly territory at 205 km off the coast of Sicily - is the first port of arrival to Europe for the thousands attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea. As the number of incoming migrants has increased throughout the years, the island has turned from a mere tourist destination to a site of increasing public and media attention, with images that reify and broadcast contradictory representations of the local community of islanders. Hence, Lampedusa has been presented through these contradictions, depicted either as the island of hospitality - exemplified by the provision of essential support to migrants and campaigns for their rights - or as a site of hostility which in its context has acquired a specific meaning and has been addressed to specific actors, particularly the ‘absent Italian state’.
Michela Franceschelli is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Sociology at UCL. Her research focuses on the influences of migration, culture and social inequalities on experiences of growing up, transitions to adulthood, identity formation and intergenerational dynamics. Her current work looks at the effects of migration on the life course of EU migrants. She is also interested in mixed-methods and visual methods. Her monograph ‘Identity and Upbringing in South Asian Muslim Families’ is published by Palgrave Macmillan.