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dc.contributor.advisorDuncan, Derek
dc.contributor.authorColombini, Iacopo
dc.coverage.spatialxii, 307 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the transnational dimension of Lampedusa, and how its symbolism can be used to address questions of identity and subjectivity in the cultural representation of migration. By examining the initiatives of the Archivio delle Memorie Migranti, the self-organised refugee group Lampedusa in Hamburg, and the Lampedusa-based Collettivo Askavusa, this work defines Lampedusa as a floating signifier. The discussion of the discursive formations composing what I defined, drawing on Benjamin, as the ‘Lampedusa transnational constellation’ highlights the centrality of cultural practices in affecting hegemonic representations of migration. This thesis recognises that the marginalisation of migrant and refugee voices in the public debate on migration is also partially reflected in the cultural projects that attempt to restore the agency of these individuals. The production and collections of new films, exhibitions, memories focusing on migrant deaths, passage and presence on Lampedusa, from the perspective of migrants themselves, are therefore considered playing a fundamental role, but are not seen as a straightforward solution. This works emphasises the importance of analysing the ‘moment of production’ of these cultural products, proposing forms of participant observation and multi-sited ethnographic work as a means to directly engage with the questions of race, identity, and positionality embedded in cultural practices focusing on migration.en_US
dc.description.sponsorship"This work was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council [Grant Number AH/l007061/1]; and by the University of St Andrews (School of Modern Languages)" -- Acknowledgementsen
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.relationTransnationalizing Lampedusa : representing migration in Italy and beyond (thesis data) Colombini, I., University of St Andrews. DOI:
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.subjectCultural studiesen_US
dc.subjectStuart Hallen_US
dc.subjectLampedusa in Hamburgen_US
dc.subjectPostcolonial Italyen_US
dc.subjectCollettivo Askavusaen_US
dc.subjectArchivio Memorie Migrantien_US
dc.subject.lcshLampedusa (Italy)--Emigration and immigrationen
dc.subject.lcshEurope--Emigration and immigrationen
dc.titleTransnationalizing Lampedusa : representing migration in Italy and beyonden_US
dc.contributor.sponsorArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)en_US
dc.contributor.sponsorUniversity of St Andrews. School of Modern Languagesen_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.rights.embargoreasonThesis restricted in accordance with University regulations. Print and electronic copy restricted until 21st March 2024en

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