Giulia Fabbiano (Post-Doc)

My research benefits from an international and interdisciplinary training in anthropology, sociology andcultural studies. It deals with the postcolonial Mediterranean, focusing on narratives of belonging and collective memory.

During my PhD, I highlighted complex historical features of Algerian migrations and analysed the emergence of “ethnic other/self-narratives” in contemporary France in relation to its postcolonial territories. The resulting book monograph “Hériter 1962. Harkis et immigrés algériens à l’épreuve des appartenances nationales,” addresses 1962, the moment when Algeria became an independent nation-state, as a crucial turning point. In stressing the impact of 1962 on identity and memory issues, my work analyzes the processes by which minorities are created and racialized and examines the unstable forms of belonging amongst and explores their everyday life on the edge of the French society in the wake of the Algerian Revolution. In my next projects, I studied mobility in the Mediterranean region resulting from global and postcolonial connections. I particularly paid attention to imagined geographies of home and their representation in the postcolonial space. Blending ethnographic fieldwork, personal archives, textual analysis and artistic practice, I explored what I called the “third-space,” a kind of dialogical and heterotopic cartography of belonging, that result in homecoming journeys.

As a Postdoctoral Researcher at DREAM, I would continue working on heterotopic and anachronic issues of revolutionary patterns in contemporary Algeria, including its diasporic locations, investigating how memories of the past are archived as well as performed nowadays.