PARTNERS

UNIVERSITA’ DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA

UNIMORE has a longstanding tradition (it was founded in 1175) and is considered one of the best universities in Italy for teaching and research. UNIMORE is composed of 13 Departments, offering a wide range of degree programmes at undergraduate level, right up to doctoral studies in most disciplinary areas, from the humanities and social sciences to engineering and technology, and from physical and natural sciences to medicine and life sciences.

SORBONNE UNIVERSITY

The history of Sorbonne University is inseparable from that of the University of Paris, founded in the 13th century, and the place that became its main centre of influence, the Sorbonne. The University de Paris was founded at the very beginning of the 13th century. This first “university” had its own regulations and statutes, was arranged in four faculties (liberal arts, law, medicine and theology) and, although it did not really have its own buildings, took root on the left bank of the Seine.

UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established by the United Nations General Assembly on 3 December 1949. UNHCR is mandated to provide international protection, humanitarian assistance and to seek durable solutions for the displaced, guided by the principles of the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol. The UNHCR Records and Archives Section supports the UNHCR global workforce with expertise and innovation in information and knowledge management solutions, preserving and providing access to trusted information and evidence of UNHCR’s work protecting and assisting Persons of Concern.

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN

Leiden University (Dutch: Universiteit Leiden) is a public research university, founded in 1575 in Leiden, the Netherlands. The renowned Institute for History has 120 employees, and has a research group dedicated to ‘Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence’.

ETHNIKO KAI KAPODISTRIAKO PANEPISTIMIO ATHINON

The vision of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) is based on four main principles: research, education
and training shall be characterized by a quest for high quality and distinction; the University’s leading role shall be safeguarded by a constant engagement to innovation and creativity; the academic community members shall participate actively in scientific, social and cultural events; our standpoints shall reflect our historical and contemporary Greek culture worldwide through scientific activities.

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

The Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo) is a French research centre with branches in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and the Palestinian territories. Created in 2003 by the CNRS and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the institute’s primary role is to ensure a high level of research about the region. The Ifpo promotes cooperation with local academic institutions and scientists from all over the world involved in its research projects.

ARCHIVIO DELLE MEMORIE MIGRANTI A PS

AMM – Archive of migrant memories association is a “community of practice”. Authors, researchers, filmmakers, fieldworkers and volunteers are committed to generating a new, participatory and interactive means of communication, thereby ensuring that traces of the migratory processes under way will be recorded and that ‘other’ memories can become part of the collective heritage of Italian society. AMM’s activities are based on the use of participatory methods and ‘circular’ and intersecting forms of storytelling.

ASSOCIATION ARCS TUNISIE

ARCS-Tunisie is the Tunisian branch on the international Italy-based NGO “ARCS – Culture Solidali”. Since 2015 it has been carrying out projects in the fields of youth exchanges and local development. The main project realized to the date is a four year intervention (February 2016 – January 2020) in the Tataouine Governorate, co-funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.

INSTITUTE OF GEOGRAPHY NAMED H A ALIYEV NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF AZERBAIJAN

Established in 1945, The Institute of Geography (IGAZ) is one of the early research institutions of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. IGAZ includes 21 research departments and employs more than 200 persons, of which 12 scholars have Sc.D. degree and 53 employees are PhDs. IGAZ offers postgraduate education level by 11 specialties and also includes master school by several specialties.

UNIVERSITE AL AKHAWAYN D’IFRANE

Founded in 1993 by Royal Dahir (decree), Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane opened its doors to students in January 1995. Based on the principles of diversity and an international outlook, the university’s mission is driven by values of human solidarity and tolerance. Al Akhawayn has modelled its administrative, pedagogical, and academic organisation on the American university system, and English is the language of instruction.

UNIVERSITA’ DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

Founded in 1924, the University of Milan is among the top Italian universities for scientific research according to the Shanghai, Taiwan and Leiden rankings, and ranks first in the biomedical field. It is the only Italian member, as well as a founding member, of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). It is also a partner to 4EU+, the alliance with the Universities of Paris Sorbonne, Heidelberg, Warsaw, Prague and Copenhagen, which aims at setting a standard for teaching, research and governance in Europe.

RESEARCH TEAM

UNIMORE

MATTEO AL KALAK

Matteo Al Kalak is Associate Professor in Early Modern History and director of the Research Centre on Digital Humanities at UNIMORE. His studies are focused on early modern cultural and religious history.

MARIA CHIARA RIOLI

Maria Chiara Rioli is Assistant Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. She is ITHACA’s PI Consultant and Coordinator of the Scientific Advisory Board

CLAUDIO BARALDI

Claudio Baraldi is Full Professor of Sociology of cultural and communicative processes at UNIMORE. His most important research concerns the analysis of methods and techniques for dialogic facilitation of participation and cultural mediation.

CARLA BAGNOLI

Carla Bagnoli is Full Professor of Philosophy at UNIMORE. She works on theories of practical rationality and action theory, elaborating a model of rational agency based on the ethics of respect and mutual recognition of equal standing.

CRISTINA GUARDIANO

Cristina Guardiano is Associate Professor of Linguistics at UNIMORE. Her research interests are crosslinguistic comparison, language change and phylogenetic reconstruction

JACOPO PILI

Jacopo Pili is Research Fellow at UNIMORE and the Project Manager of the ITHACA Project. His research is focused on the history of Italian Fascism and of Vatican foreign Policy

FILOMENA VIVIANA TAGLIAFERRI

Filomena Viviana Tagliaferri is an early modern historian. She has been a research fellow at the University of London and the IMS-Forth of Rethymno, as well as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the University of Maryland and the ISEM-CNR of Cagliari. She is ITHACA’s responsible for publications and academic dissemination.

AMM

GIANLUCA GATTA

Gianluca Gatta, PhD, anthropologist, is co-founder of the Archive of migrant memories (AMM). He has taught in Italy and Japan, and researched on migration, body and power; places and sociability; memory, self-narration and migrant subjectivity.

ALESSANDRO TRIULZI

Alessandro Triulzi, former Professor of Sub-Saharan African History and Director of PhD Programme in African Studies at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, is president of AMM. He researched on twentieth-century Ethiopian history, colonial memory and postcolonial violence.

MARINA MAZZONI

Marina Mazzoni has been Project manager for international NGOs in Western Balkans and Tanzania over the last 15 years. She has conducted needs assessments and capacity building programmes. She currently works as project manager and fund raiser for AMM.

FEDERICA MANZOLI

FEDERICO TRIULZI

GIUSY MUZZUPAPA

ZAKARIA MOHAMED ALI

ARCS

ALBERTO SCIORTINO

Degree in political sciences. Has several decades of experience in development cooperation. He has assured the identification, coordination and monitoring of projects in more than fifteen countries and different fields and context and with different partners and funding bodies.

SELMA MKADMINI

(female) Born and living in Tataouine, she has a degree in Mathematics. She assured the coordination of the activities on the field in the framework of the project “TER-RE, from Land to Income”, implemented by ARCS in the last four years.

AUI

CATHERINE THERRIEN

Catherine Therrien is a Canadian anthropologist living in Morocco since 2001. She is Adjunct Professor at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI). Her research interests focus on identity, migration, mixedness, family and transnationalism.

KENZA OUMLIL

Kenza Oumlil is an Associate Professor in Communication at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Oumlil holds a Ph.D. in Communication from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. She has published widely on representation, gender, and media.

EL MAKHTAR RHANNAI

El Makhtar Rhannai, Payroll and Accounting Manager at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. He has been responsible of the financial management of various European funded projects mainly under the programmes Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+.

RACHID DAOUDI

Rachid Daoudi is Project Officer at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. He is in charge of supporting the implementation of European funded projects mainly under the programmes Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. He is also a PhD student at the USMBA, Fez, Morocco.

CNRS

JALAL AL HUSSEINI

Jalal Al Husseini is an associate research fellow in political sociology at the French Institute for the Near East (IFPO) and a freelance consultant for numerous United Nations agencies, including UNRWA. Based in Amman since 1997, he has specialized in forced migration and labour market issues. Holder of a PhD obtained at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva), with a doctoral dissertation on the political dimensions of UNRWA’s mandate, he is the author of numerous published articles and reports, and the editor of several collective books including Palestinians between State and Diaspora: uncertainty times (2011) and Palestine in Networks (2020). He has recently consulted with various international organizations, including UNRWA on the status of ex-Gazans in Jordan; the status of the “Non-ID Palestinians” in Lebanon, and the living conditions of Palestine Refugees from Syria in Jordan and in Lebanon.

SOLENN AL MAJALI

Solenn Al Majali is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology, at the Telemme laboratory attached to Aix-Marseille University (France). She is also an assistant researcher at CNRS for ITHACA Program (Interconnecting Histories and Archives for Migrant Agency: Entangled Narratives Across Europe and the Mediterranean Region) at the French Institute of the Near East (Ifpo) in Jordan. Her dissertation deals with the processes of exclusions and sociabilities among Yemeni and Somali refugee communities in a popular neighborhood of Amman. Her thesis focused on ethnic interactions and on racial issues, particularly among the mixed Yemeni-Somali groups in Amman.

KAMEL DORAI

Kamel Doraï is geographer and researcher at the CNRS (the French National Centre for Scientific Research) currently based at MIGRINTER, University of Poitiers (France). He was based at the Ifpo in Damascus (Syria), Amman (Jordan) and headed the Department of contemporary studies at Ifpo in Beirut (Lebanon). His work focuses mainly on asylum and refugees in the Middle East, with a focus on migration and transnational practices within the Palestinian diaspora. He is currently conducting research on Syrian and Palestinian refugees from Syria in Jordan and Lebanon as well as on the urbanization process of Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. He develops comparative studies between refugees residing in and out of camps, as well as analysis of their migratory experience and spatial practices to map the relationships between refugee camps and their urban environment in the Middle East.

FALESTIN NAILI

Falestin Naïli is a historian associated with the Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo) in Amman and with the University of Basel. She specializes in the social history of late Ottoman and Mandate Palestine and Jordan and works on forced migration and oral history, in addition to local governance and politics.

VALENTINA NAPOLITANO

Valentina Napolitano is a sociologist, researcher at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), her researches deal with forced migrations, political violence and family transformations in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Jordan. After a Ph.D focusing on political commitments and mobilizations among Palestinian refugees in Syria, here current researches deals with the impact of the Syrian war on the transformation and reconfiguration of refugee families in Jordan. Among here last publications : « Donner sens et cohérence à la désertion en contexte de guerre : les émotions d’ex-militaires syriens », Critique internationale, vol. 91, no. 2, 2021, pp. 67-87. « Circulations transnationales et transformations de l’engagement : l’exemple des circulations palestiniennes dans l’espace syro-libanais (1960-2014), Revue internationale de politique comparée, vol. 25, n°1-2, 2018, p.105-128. « From Syria to Lebanon : Migratory and militant trajectories of three Palestinian women », Civil Society Review, Décembre 2016, n°2, pp. 28-46.

IGAZ

RUSTAM B. RUSTAMOV

Rustam B. Rustamov has specialized in space instrumentation and remote sensing and GIS technology. He has graduated PhD at the Russian Physical-Technical Institute (S. Petersburg). The main projects where Rustam B. Rustamov nominated as manager were related to the Earth study by use of space technology advances.

ROVSHAN KARIMOV

Rovshan Karimov is a PhD in geography and occupies a position of principal investigator at IGAZ. He has been involved in projects or served as a focal point through working with UNDP, UNEP, GIZ, Erasmus+ and SCOPES.

ROVSHAN ABBASOV

Rovshan Abbasov is a PhD in Geography, and has an experience in working with floods, mudflows and disaster risk reduction, and social problems of mountain rural communities. Former visiting Fulbright scholar, he has served also as a consultant at many projects funded by UNDP, UNICEF, GIZ and others.

NATAVAN JAFAROVA

Natavan Jafarova is a PhD in geography and a GIS specialist. Her scientific works and activities under various projects have been devoted mainly to distribution of population, settlements and mapping in geographical studies.

NKUA

EUGENIA BOURNOVA

Eugenia Bournova is a full professor of contemporary History at NKUA. Her research focuses on the social history of contemporary Athens.

MYRTO DIMITROPOULOU

Myrto Dimitropoulou is a historian specialising on the urban social history of Athens. She has also been PI of projects organising historical archives of enterprises and designing digital historical archives.

STAVROS SPYRELLIS

Stavros Spyrellis is researcher at the Greek National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) and associate at the Géographie-cités laboratory in France (CNRS).

ULEI

ANDREA DJ SHIELD

Andrew Shield is Assistant Professor of Migration History, where he specializes in sexuality, race, and diversity in Europe since 1945. He is the author of Immigrants in the Sexual Revolution (2017), and Immigrants on Grindr (2019).

UMIL

MONICA MASSARI

Monica Massari is Associate Professor and she teaches Sociology of memory, Global Rights and Societies and Comparative Social Systems. Her studies focus on Euro-Mediterranean migration, memory and new forms of racism and discrimination.

OMBRETTA INGRASCI’

Ombretta Ingrascì is Assistant Professor of Economic Sociology and she teaches Global Criminal Organizations. Her studies focus on gender, organized crime, corruption and sex market.

SORBONNE UNIVERSITY

MICHAËL GASPERONI

Michaël Gasperoni is researcher in early modern History. He is particularly interested in migration and how societies deal with foreigners and minority groups. He works on Jewish ghettos, studied from a demographic, economic, social and legal perspective.

CYRIL GRANGE

Cyril Grange is director of the Centre Roland Mousnier (Sorbonne Université/CNRS). He is a specialist in historical demography and Jewish family history. He is interested in the demographic behaviours of Jewish populations in the modern era.

UNHCR

MONTSERRAT CANELA GARAYOA

Montserrat Canela Garayoa is the chief of UNHCR Records and Archives Section, in Geneva. She is the chair of the Section of International Organizations of the International Council on Archives.  She has a MA  in history and geography, a MA in archives management, and an engineering degree in IT management

HEATHER FAULKNER

Heather Faulkner is Senior Archivist, leading the Research and Access team of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She has a MA in Archives and Records Management and has extensive experience of information management in the international humanitarian sector