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University of Bologna, Department of Politics, Institutions and History (UNIBO)

The Department of Politics, Institutions, History of the University of Bologna was set up in 1982 by a group of scholars of the History and Politics Institute of the Faculty of Political Science. Since its creation, the department has put together scholars from different disciplines and backgrounds sharing an interest in the political dimension of contemporary cultural, political and historical processes. By combining different methodologies and competences, historical investigation with political and juridical analyses and by developing a comparative perspective, the Department has made itself known nationally and internationally as a prestigious centre within the field of political sciences and history. These include the history of political thought and political philosophy, political sciences and international relations, national histories and area studies, public law and international law. Many scholars of the Department are engaged with activities, studies and research on the topics of migration, mobility and borders, gender, and networks. Particularly, it is involved in the European projects GeMIC (Gender, Migration and Intercultural Interactions in the Mediterranean and South Europe) and ATACD (A Topological Approach to Cultural Dynamics).

45 Strada Maggiore, I-40125 Bologna, Italy
Institute web page: www.eng.dpis.unibo.it

Prof. Sandro Mezzadra (senior scholar) is Associate Professor of “History of Political Thought” at the Department of Politics, Institutions, History of the University of Bologna. His research work has focused on the classical modern European political philosophy (especially on Hobbes, Spinoza and Marx), on the history of political, social, and legal sciences in Germany between the Nineteenth and the Twentieth centuries (especially on the constitutional debates in the years of the Weimar Republic) and on several issues at stake in the development of contemporary political theory. In recent years his work has particularly centred on the relations between globalization, migration and citizenship. Considering migration as a “social movement” (within the framework of the so called theory of “autonomy of migration”, which he contributed to develop within a wide network of researchers and activists based in different European countries) he has tried to analyze migration itself from the point of view of migrants’ practices of citizenship.

Gigi Roggero (senior researcher) holds a Ph.D in ‘Science, Technology, and Society’ (Department of Sociology and Political Science, University of Calabria). He has a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Politics, Institutions and History of the University of Bologna. He was a social researcher in the Consortium A.A.STER of Milan and was involved in major research projects of local authorities on migration, participation and the young people being between precarity and autonomy. He participated in the editorial board of the journal Derive Approdi and collaborated with Jura Gentium, Posse and Il Manifesto.