Black Mediterranean

After a few disparate blog posts I decided to report more systematically on what Heather Merrill, in a different setting, calls Italy’s black places. Amongst others, she refers to the shelters, abandoned buildings, ghettos, and other locations occupied by people from … Continue reading

Where is the Law?

Society and Space just published a marvelous virtual theme issue on international migration, with contributions from Rutvica Andrijasevic and William Walters, Deirdre Conlon and my former colleague Susan Thieme, amongst others. The collection adds further depth to the ongoing discussion in … Continue reading

Working the Black Mediterranean

This somewhat longer post involves a reflection on a number of meetings I’ve had over the last months with African refugees in the city of Bologna, while preparing research on migrant labour and urban marginality. Though these meetings took shape … Continue reading

The Racial Geography of the Black Mediterranean

The Black Mediterranean has recently started to surface as a terminology to describe the cultural crossroads between Africa and Europe. It indicates the emergence of a vibrant cultural borderland characterized by growing proximity between African and European cultures in the … Continue reading