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Antonio Sorge

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Department of Anthropology

Lecturer

Office: Founders 232
Phone: (416) 736-2100
Email: asorge@yorku.ca
Primary website: Academia.edu profile

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Teaching and research interests: Political and historical anthropology; ethnicity and nationalism; anthropology of the state; globalization and transnationalism; migration; citizenship, belonging, and social exclusion; theory and practice of ethnographic fieldwork; Southern Europe and the Mediterranean; Italy.

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I am a political and historical anthropologist who works on themes ranging from the state/society nexus, social memory, and locality, to the dynamics of ethnic and regional identity, immigration and transnationalism, and conceptions of citizenship, belonging, and social exclusion. My current research explores the effects of globalization on local communities in southern Italy, with specific focus on the Sicilian immigrant experience and diaspora formation in connection with the contemporary place of Sicily as an island situated within the flux and flow of movement across the Mediterranean Sea.

Degrees

PhD, University of Calgary, 2006
MA, Carleton University, 1999
BA, McGill University, 1997

Research Interests

Anthropology , Globalization, Immigration and refugee issues, Italy

Current Research Projects

Re-Centering the Mediterranean: Refugee Resettlement on the Sicilian Borderland

    Summary:

    Since 2011, ethnographic research on Sicily has examined how refugees are integrated within their host communities, as well as the roadblocks to successful recognition of the social, cultural, and economic needs of newcomers. A period of fieldwork on Lampedusa allowed me to examine the discordant dynamics of hospitality and anti-immigration sentiment at the local level, while on neighbouring Sicily I have examined the rising support for neo-nationalist right-wing movements within rural communities over the alleged demographic and cultural threat posed by refugees, as well as the rejection of this discourse by refugee rights advocates. This work also examines a broad-based movement in Italy to settle refugees in declining rural towns in order to secure the demographic viability of these sites, and includes specific attention to the reconfiguration of the island of Sicily as a place of both departures and arrivals, and indeed a transnational space defined by connections with a vibrant global Sicilian diaspora throughout Europe, the US, and Canada.

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    Role: Principal Investigator

    Funders:
    SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2019)
Books

Publication
Year

2015. Legacies of Violence: History, Society, and the State in Sardinia. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2015

2015. Resiting the Village. Special issue of Critique of Anthropology 35 (3). (Co-edited with Jonathan Padwe and Sara Shneiderman)

2015

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Navigating the Mediterranean Refugee “Crisis”: Alter-Globalization Activism and the Sediments of History on Lampedusa. In Andrea Smith, Kristín Loftsdóttir, and Brigitte Hipfl, eds. Messy Europe: Racialization and Crisis in a Postcolonial World, pp. 196-219. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.

2018

2014. Highland Sanctuary and the State: Mountains as a Political Category in Mediterranean History. In Allan C. Dawson, Laura Zanotti, and Ismael Vaccaro, eds. Negotiating Territoriality: Spatial Dialogues between State and Tradition, pp. 36-50. London: Routledge.

2014

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

2015. The Abandoned Village? Introduction to the Special Issue. Critique of Anthropology 35 (3): 235-47. (with Jonathan Padwe)

2015

2015. The Past Sits in Places. Critique of Anthropology 35 (3): 263-79.

2015

2012. Mobile Humanity: The Delocalization of Anthropological Research. Reviews in Anthropology 41 (4):1-29. (with Andrew P. Roddick)

2012

2009. Hospitality, Friendship, and the Outsider in Highland Sardinia. Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe 9 (1):4-12.

2009

2008. Divergent Visions: Localist and Cosmopolitan Identities in Highland Sardinia. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 14:808-24.

2008


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/ANTH2100 6.0 A Global Capitalism, Culture, and Conflict LECT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Summer 2021 AP/ANTH2100 6.0 M Global Capitalism, Culture, and Conflict LECT


Teaching and research interests: Political and historical anthropology; ethnicity and nationalism; anthropology of the state; globalization and transnationalism; migration; citizenship, belonging, and social exclusion; theory and practice of ethnographic fieldwork; Southern Europe and the Mediterranean; Italy.

I am a political and historical anthropologist who works on themes ranging from the state/society nexus, social memory, and locality, to the dynamics of ethnic and regional identity, immigration and transnationalism, and conceptions of citizenship, belonging, and social exclusion. My current research explores the effects of globalization on local communities in southern Italy, with specific focus on the Sicilian immigrant experience and diaspora formation in connection with the contemporary place of Sicily as an island situated within the flux and flow of movement across the Mediterranean Sea.

Degrees

PhD, University of Calgary, 2006
MA, Carleton University, 1999
BA, McGill University, 1997

Research Interests

Anthropology , Globalization, Immigration and refugee issues, Italy

Current Research Projects

Re-Centering the Mediterranean: Refugee Resettlement on the Sicilian Borderland

    Summary:

    Since 2011, ethnographic research on Sicily has examined how refugees are integrated within their host communities, as well as the roadblocks to successful recognition of the social, cultural, and economic needs of newcomers. A period of fieldwork on Lampedusa allowed me to examine the discordant dynamics of hospitality and anti-immigration sentiment at the local level, while on neighbouring Sicily I have examined the rising support for neo-nationalist right-wing movements within rural communities over the alleged demographic and cultural threat posed by refugees, as well as the rejection of this discourse by refugee rights advocates. This work also examines a broad-based movement in Italy to settle refugees in declining rural towns in order to secure the demographic viability of these sites, and includes specific attention to the reconfiguration of the island of Sicily as a place of both departures and arrivals, and indeed a transnational space defined by connections with a vibrant global Sicilian diaspora throughout Europe, the US, and Canada.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Funders:
    SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2019)

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Navigating the Mediterranean Refugee “Crisis”: Alter-Globalization Activism and the Sediments of History on Lampedusa. In Andrea Smith, Kristín Loftsdóttir, and Brigitte Hipfl, eds. Messy Europe: Racialization and Crisis in a Postcolonial World, pp. 196-219. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.

2018

2014. Highland Sanctuary and the State: Mountains as a Political Category in Mediterranean History. In Allan C. Dawson, Laura Zanotti, and Ismael Vaccaro, eds. Negotiating Territoriality: Spatial Dialogues between State and Tradition, pp. 36-50. London: Routledge.

2014

Books

Publication
Year

2015. Legacies of Violence: History, Society, and the State in Sardinia. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2015

2015. Resiting the Village. Special issue of Critique of Anthropology 35 (3). (Co-edited with Jonathan Padwe and Sara Shneiderman)

2015

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

2015. The Abandoned Village? Introduction to the Special Issue. Critique of Anthropology 35 (3): 235-47. (with Jonathan Padwe)

2015

2015. The Past Sits in Places. Critique of Anthropology 35 (3): 263-79.

2015

2012. Mobile Humanity: The Delocalization of Anthropological Research. Reviews in Anthropology 41 (4):1-29. (with Andrew P. Roddick)

2012

2009. Hospitality, Friendship, and the Outsider in Highland Sardinia. Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe 9 (1):4-12.

2009

2008. Divergent Visions: Localist and Cosmopolitan Identities in Highland Sardinia. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 14:808-24.

2008


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/ANTH2100 6.0 A Global Capitalism, Culture, and Conflict LECT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Summer 2021 AP/ANTH2100 6.0 M Global Capitalism, Culture, and Conflict LECT