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Euroculture Spotlight #6: Giacomo Orsini

14 Feb 2017

The sixth edition of the Euroculture spotlight features Giacomo Orsini (Euroculture alumnus, currently working as part-time lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and visiting researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel).

Thanks, Giacomo, for taking the time to answer our questions!

What is your affiliation with Euroculture?

I am a Euroculture alumnus. I graduated in 2011.

What is your current occupation?

As I recently submitted my PhD thesis for the Department of Sociology of the University of Essex, I was recently appointed part-time lecturer for the course on International Migrations part of the Master on European Studies of the Institut d’Etudes Européenne of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Since ten months, I am also a visiting researcher of the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. While teaching, I am also working on my postdoc research proposal and a series of publications I was not able to submit while busy with my thesis and teaching at the University of Essex.

Where have you studied during Euroculture?

After the first semester at the University of Groningen, I spent the second semester in Krakow and the third in Pune.

Would you like to share something special about your Euroculture experience?

Being a Euroculture student was for me both challenging and extremely stimulating. It has been, I guess, a life-changing experience. Among my best memories there are the several chats on postcolonial theories, postcolonialism, postcoloniality, India and Europe that I had with Professor Sharmila Rege in Pune. Not to mention the hours spent at the university’s cafeteria.

What did you like the most about Euroculture?

There are several aspects of Euroculture that I fully enjoyed and liked: among them there were certainly the travels and the many persons I got to know throughout the three semesters. From a more academic point of view, I loved the challenging discussions we had in class and how we had been pushed to go beyond the readings, to find how theories apply to everyday life and the social and political reality surrounding us.

What did you do before Euroculture?

Before Euroculture I graduated at the universities of Padova and Bologna in Italy, and I conducted fieldwork researches on EU migration and border policies in Melilla, Morocco and Malta. When I moved to Groningen I had already lived in Spain for more than one year as both an Erasmus student and a European volunteer.

What are your plans for the future?

For my PhD research I worked with the artisanal fishing communities of the islands of Lampedusa and Fuerteventura. There I studied how EU policies on border and migration management on the one side, and fishery on fishery on the other, work on the ground and how they impact islanders’ everyday life. After having terminated such analysis of ground-level Europeanization, I plan to focus my next postdoc research proposal by looking somehow upwards across the EU governance system. In other words, I will sociologically evaluate how EU governance develops at the policymaking level in Brussels with reference to the two policy areas I studied in Lampedusa and Fuerteventura, and thus on the basis of the data I collected on the two islands. In particular, I will concentrate on the role that private interest groups play within the frame of EU policymaking and develop my research within the frame of major theoretical frameworks on state-corporate and white-collar crime.

Where is the best place you have traveled to and why?

I often like to think that I do not travel across places but, rather, people. This is why, I often consider even a walk in my district (Saint-Josse, in Brussel) as an actual journey. And this is also why I find it difficult to select a place. Yet, I could tell you about plenty of people.

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