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Thesis title: Experiencing the state: An ethnography of the Italian asylum system
Start year: 2015
My research deals with the unintended consequences of European asylum process on lives of migrant women, engaging with the “intimate spaces of state power”. In other words, I am asking how and to what extent asylum policies and bureaucracies affect the mental health of women who experience this migration pathway. Drawing on an ethnographic case-study of the Italian asylum system, my research applies a gendered perspective to the analysis of the interactions between forced migrations, projects of citizenship and individual life stories. The primary aim of the investigation is to explore how (trans)national migration policies and intervention are experienced by refugee women, thus considering the relation between psychic life, migratory pathways and categories of citizenship.
My research is funded by a University 150th Anniversary Research Studentship.
Refugees; projects of citizenship; mental health