Lampedusa: The Barbican of Fortress Europe

rescue. Lampedusa(Image: Ilaria Vecchi)

  • Wednesday 10th June 2015, 3-5.30pm
  • Bancroft 1.02.6, Mile End Campus 
  • Free event but limited to 25 people. To register, please follow this link
  • Organised by Samanta Bellotta
  • Refreshments provided

The touristy island of Lampedusa has become an icon of today’s border control regime. Its traditional heritage of a sleepy Mediterranean fishing island sits in stark contrast with its new unwelcome role as the barbican of fortress Europe.

This seminar aims to offer different perspectives on migration, looking into international politics, ideas of community and belonging and engagements with art and memory.

Speakers include:

GIACOMO ORSINI – PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex and visiting researcher from the Institute of European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

ILARIA VECCHI – Producer and filmmaker at Terra Firma Docs. Activist and member of the Ascavusa collective in Lampedusa. Organiser of the Lampedusa Film Festival.

VALENTINA ZAGARIA – Writer and director. PhD student at LSE. Author of the play “Miraculi” performed in Lampedusa in 2014.