Alessandro Corso: “Sovereign power and bare life on Lampedusa: Exploring the transformative limits of (in)humanity through migrants and rescuers’ experiences of encountering at sea”

In Former students by jvnf65


I came to Durham in 2010 for my undergraduate studies in Human Sciences and worked on my Dissertation on a fishing community in Sicily. After conducting preparatory research at the University of St. Andrews on the MRes project on migrants’ and rescuers’ experiences of encounter at sea out of the shores of Lampedusa, I came back to Durham for my PhD Thesis – an ethnographic exploration of living and surviving on the island of Lampedusa as a migrant, a local, and a migration worker. My work has been strongly influenced by my previous research on fishermen in Sicily, phenomenology, and existential anthropology. It explores themes of abandonment, the absurd, and morality, through an ethnographic analysis of spaces of exclusion and interminglement, separation and mutuality, profitable passivity towards others’ needs, and acts of reciprocity.