Oct 8, 2016

A Research Project on the Cultural Experience of International Students

The European Commission (EU Research and Innovation Programme “HORIZON 2020 Excellent Science”, Social Sciences and Humanities) has approved my research project proposal The Cultural Experience of International Students: Narratives from North and South Europe. As an experienced researcher, I have been awarded the Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Individual Fellowship Grant.
I am extremely pleased about this recognition. MC individual fellowships are granted following an extremely competitive global-scale selection and independent evaluation by experts in the field. My research proposal was approved with a brilliant overall score and endorsed by appreciative comments from the experts, such as “The research is innovative, original, credible, well founded and rigorously described. The proposal is clearly interdisciplinary. The proposed research would certainly contribute to the scientific advancement of the project field.” The fellowship entails mobility, and my host institution for the next two years is the University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research.
My research project is a comparative study (Helsinki and Florence). This means that I will be back in Italy doing fieldwork.

Aug 17, 2016

The Passage from Youth to Adulthood: Review (by Prof. Jeylan T. Mortimer)

The Passage from Youth to Adulthood: Narrative and Cultural Thresholds is an ethnographic study that examines the plight of Italian youth whose passage to adulthood is thwarted by an array of structural and cultural obstacles. Deficiencies in the Italian educational system, the absence of bridges from school to work, youth unemployment, and escalating costs of living make it difficult for many young people to acquire the traditional markers of adulthood. In addition to these structural problems, Birindelli identifies a ‘‘culture of collusion’’ in which parents and children cooperate in extending youth dependency well beyond what prior generations would consider normal… 
Read more here.
Mortimer, Jeylan T. “The Passage from Youth to Adulthood: Narrative and Cultural Thresholds.” Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 45.2 (2016): 147-149.

Jun 16, 2016

CarneItaliana.it: The First Web Portal on Italian Grass-Fed Meat

In CarneItaliana.it you can find information and news about Italian cattle, swine, poultry. Through this website you can follow the latest scientific research on native breeds, stay in touch with ongoing events and learn about curiosities: who knows the story of Florentine T-bone steak?
Strolling in the Italian outdoor green pastures, away from intensive animal farming, you can reconnect with the early history of humans and animals. And by retrieving the recipes handed down from mother to daughter since ancient times, we rediscover tradition.
Rediscovering Italian tradition is a matter of taste, health and sustainability.
CarneItaliana will soon be in English and, thanks to the geolocalizing app, be able to indicate where you can TRULY buy and eat genuine grass-fed meat in Italy. CarneItaliana is on FacebookTwitter and Google+

Jun 6, 2016

Sociology of the Arts – Spring 2016

Baseman Emily, Cope Adrea, D'Attilio Caroline,  Harris Jessica, Jacobson Jennifer, Kalev Cassandra, Levinson Haley, Murphy Erin, Noseworthy Jennifer, Orekhov Daria, Patinella Joanna, Silverman Gabriel, Susskind Benjamin, Taylor Brendan.

Sociology of the Arts – Spring 2016

Atherton-Ely Tinnina, Bierman Dana, Ciccotelli Eric, Dalena Isabella, Degnan Shannon, Garufi Natalie, Geier Meghan, Giosa Blake, Gismondi Victoria, Green Arissa, Ingall Emily, Kalman Jenna, Knowles Emily, Lindsey Morgan, McCormick Ryan, McGarvey Cooper, Morgan Haley, Murphy Jessica, Nicosia Brenna, Reiben Erica, Smilowitz Zachary, Solley Jessi, Szczepaniak Nicolette.

Identity and Culture – Spring 2016

Babineau Hayley, Baseman Emily, Bellucci Nicholas, Brady Brian, Carter Julia, Cohen Jessie, Constantine Olivia, Dolce Jamie, Doyle Colleen, Eckhoff Peri, Essenfeld Rachel, Goldstein Hayley, Gunzy Brianna, Ingall Emily, Kaczegowicz Chloe, Moribe Haruka, Pancer Carly, Perniciaro Lisa, Proko Deanna, Saracco Lindsay, Spinogatti Ariana, Taccariello Nicole, Tamerius Maggie, Utley John, Volpe Jessica, Winigrad Ethan.

Cultural Globalization - Spring 2016

Carpenter Matthew, Donahue Devin, Flaherty Meagan, Hernandez Eric, Hickey Meredith, Iacomini Lorenzo, Leonetti Paul, Mc Kittrick Robert, Muntean Kylie, O'Leary Simon, Rice Kailey, Smith Riley, Unsworth Chelsea.

Mar 30, 2016

Globalization, Supranational Dynamics and Local Experience

European Sociological Association 
RN 15 Global, Transnational and Cosmopolitan Sociology
Mid-Term Conference
“Globalization, supranational dynamics and local experience”
15-16 April, 2016, Milan (Italy)
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
One of the main challenges that sociology and social sciences face today is to understand how individuals, collective actors and structures cope with the dilemmas, tensions and ambivalences of modern societies embedded in supranational dynamics. This interim meeting of RN 15 on global, transnational and cosmopolitan sociology calls for papers dealing theoretically, methodologically and empirically with issues related to the transnational dimension. We welcome all manner of papers that deal with how the local, the transnational and the global are entwined and construct the meaning of one another, and how individuals, organizations or states manage this predicament for instance by emphasizing a cosmopolitan outlook or by cherishing local culture. We also encourage papers that deal with the current intensification of migration and asylum seeking in Europe from the perspective of local-global entanglement.
Within the conference (programme), I will give the following lecture. 
Double Boundary and Cosmopolitan Experience in Europe
Pierluca Birindelli
This contribution aims to open up the debate about national, European and cosmopolitan identity through an interpretation of Simmel’s double boundary dialectic: human beings are boundaries and only those who stand outside their boundary can see it as such. One of the difficulties of defining oneself as European stems from what could be called the “double Other” (intra- and extra-European) diachronic recognition process. Exploring the possible/impossible cosmopolitan meta-synthesis can identify certain traits of the cosmopolitan experience in Europe. Furthermore, a critical interpretation of the intellectual, aesthetic and romantic representation of a “Europe without Europeans” suggests that travelling to or within the Old World (North–South; East–West) does not necessarily mean crossing social and cultural boundaries. Therefore the cosmopolitan globetrotter might not be the best “broker of knowledge” in our globalized world. As for the mental life of the metropolis represented by Simmel, in a G-world even socio-psychological life might degenerate into a series of defensive mechanisms. The boundaries could become the walls of an overinflated self: a social actor who fails to mediate between objective and subjective culture. Clearly, a cosmopolitan individual can cross national boundaries. Nevertheless, it is difficult to find evidence of any real transcending of class barriers and physical rather than mythical divisions. It would appear that, if and when they do occur, transcultural travel experiences are not necessarily trans-social.
Key words: Boundary, Simmel, Europe, Cosmopolitan, Transcultural, Trans-social