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(Un)crossing borders. Ideas, policies, practices, imagery and representations in motion in the age of globalization

Head: Mauro Ceruti

Year 2019

The complexity of the link between borders, frontiers and migrations in contemporary global scenarios confronts us with the urgent need to critically rethink key concepts of anthropology, global history and, more generally, human and social sciences (identity, difference, culture, ethnicity, belonging, mobility, ...), which have gradually left the strictly scientific language and have become part of public discourse, generating historical, anthropological, educational and geopolitical challenges of extreme importance.

The radical changes in political, social and cultural scenarios need to set off a paradigm shift that involves a reformulation of the problems facing humanity in the age of globalization. In this framework, the project aims to provide theoretical-conceptual (which are also methodological and applicative) tools useful to promote this paradigm shift to be accomplished on the epistemological and cognitive level as well as on the historical-anthropological and geopolitical one.

The project adopts interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary methods and methodologies, embracing an epistemological approach to the complexity of moving "between" disciplinary contexts typical of different human and social sciences.

In this framework, the research refers in particular to some crucial spaces for the elaboration of such a problematic look at the complex links between borders, borders and migrations in the age of globalization: Europe, the Mediterranean, the Mexican borders (Mexico/United States and Mexico/Guatemala).