Madri lavoratrici al tempo del Covid-19

***Cercasi partecipanti a interviste virtuali***

Insieme ad altre colleghe abbiamo promosso uno studio internazionale sul tema della riorganizzazione del lavoro professionale e familiare al tempo del Covid-19.

Come si svolgerà lo studio? 

Consapevole del momento storico difficile, ma anche della necessità di far sentire la nostra voce, ti chiedo di partecipare a questa ricerca con una video-chiamata via ZOOM nella quale io o una mia collaboratrice, ti faremo quattro domande sull’organizzazione del tuo tempo in famiglia e nel lavoro, le strategie di supporto pratico ed emotivo che hai attivato, le ripercussioni sul tuo lavoro a breve e lungo termine.

Chi stiamo cercando?

  • madri professioniste con almeno un figlio piccolo (max 5 anni)
  • che durante il Covid-19 lavorano da casa

Se vuoi partecipare, manda un’email a:

Ti contatterò per fissare insieme un momento per questa intervista. So di chiedere un grande sforzo, ma i risultati saranno importanti per definire gli effetti di questa crisi sulle nostre vite professionali.

Sono a disposizione per qualsiasi chiarimento, grazie.

Se vuoi condividere l’annuncio clicca qui!


Second CFP: LOVE IN THE DIVERSE CITY (Session 52) ISA RC21 conference | July 14-16 2021, Antwerp (Belgium)


ISA RC21 2021 annual conference “Shaping & Sensing the city. Power, people, place”

Antwerp (Belgium). July 14-16 2021

SESSION N. 52 (Re-opened)

Love in the diverse city

Lidia Manzo
​Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan (Italy)



One of the most profound effects of globalization is that people from everywhere are falling in love with people from everywhere else. Increasing migration worldwide has facilitated the unions of people from different countries, religions, ethnicities and, presumably, cultural backgrounds. Such unions are often celebrated as a sign of integration; however, the classic assimilation theory no longer suffice in tackling the growth of large cities, which are witnessing unprecedented levels of diversity.

Thus, mixed unions may do more than reflect the nature of social boundaries. In urban areas of super-diversity, there is a growing likelihood that multiple and overlapping forms of mixedness will characterize many romantic relationships and it may be that while some ethnic and racial boundaries will remain persistent, others will become more blurred and of diminishing social significance. However, despite the centrality of sexuality to the conduct and continuation of urban life, investigations of intercultural love remain curiously absent from urban studies.

Cities can be seen as roiling maelstroms of affect, love styles and spatially contextualized romantic emotions. Mixed couples and their intimate lives are the focal point at which the different aspects of the globalized world literally become embodied. They define resistance against the state’s biopolitical power to control people and become a space of intimate citizenship. At the same time, these relationships may represent a ‘quiet revolution’ that holds for re-envisioning people’s idea of ‘us and them’, challenging what it means to inhabit multiculturalism in our everyday lives. But how are people inside a family to withstand, negotiate and survive pressures that separate whole worlds from one another?

This session examines how romantic relationships between native majorities and immigrant minorities are experienced and performed at the urban scale by inviting papers that address some of the following:

*  first, in order for an intercultural couple to love one another, the two individuals need to meet. Which are their “places of the heart”? Where do they meet in the diverse city? Are these spaces permeable, opened, and available to the dating and mating between natives and migrants? We want to explore these emotional geographies of mixité by revealing the ways in which different kinds of places can elicit specific feelings of intercultural love;

*  in romantic love, individuals are apt to encounter inequality within their relationships. Yet, how are these disparities experienced? What is the role of local communities? We point to the enduring inequities inherent in the experience of love and difference in our societies and the opportunities or the obstacles that may arise in the urban milieu;

*  from a social network perspective, support or opposition from one’s social surrounding affect the course of love over its various developmental stages, including its initiation, maintenance, and termination. Thinking about young people, parental approval to an intercultural romantic relationship remains controversial and deserves more attention;

*  what the political consequences of thinking more explicitly about these topics might be?


Intercultural Love, Urban Diversity, Emotional Geographies of Mixité, Spatialities of Love, Everyday Multiculturalism


Alba, Richard, and Nancy Foner. 2015. ‘Mixed Unions and Immigrant- Group Integration in North America and Western Europe’. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciencehe ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 662 (1): 38–56.

Beck, Ulrich, and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim. 2013. Distant Love. Cambridge: Polity press.

Parisi, Rosa. 2015. ‘Practices and Rhetoric of Migrants’ Social Exclusion in Italy: Intermarriage , Work and Citizenship as Devices for the Production of Social Inequalities’. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 22 (6): 739–56.

Root, Maria P. 2001. Love’s Revolution: Interracial Marriage. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Song, Miri. 2016. ‘Multiracial People and Their Partners in Britain: Extending the Link between Intermarriage and Integration?’ Ethnicities 16 (4): 631–48.

Song, Miri, and David Parker. 1995. ‘Commonality, Difference and the Dynamics of Disclosure in in- Depth Interviewing’. Sociology 29 (2): 241–56.

Stets, Jan E., and Jonathan H. Turner, eds. n.d. Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions. New York: Sp.

Thrift, Nigel. 2008. Non-Representational Theory: Space, Politics, Affect. The Dictionary Of Human Geography. New York: Routledge.


Abstracts (maximum 250 words) need to be mandatory submitted through the conference website via the following weblink: .


4 December 2020

General inquiries can also be directed to Lidia Manzo at

Notification of abstract approval is expected to take place around 20 January 2021

10th Summer Course Personal Networks, (UAB) Barcelona, July 1-5, 2019 (Spain)

10th Summer Course Personal Networks

Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, July 1-5, 2019

Lecturers: Jürgen Lerner (University of Konstanz), Miranda Lubbers (Autonomous University of Barcelona), José Luis Molina (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Thomas B Smith (University of Florida), Gabriel Hâncean (University of Bucharest) and Alejandro García-Macías  (Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes).
The aim of this summer course is to enable graduate students and researchers in the social sciences to create personal network research designs and to analyze personal network data. The course is a mix of lectures and computer sessions. On the first morning, we will discuss the basic definitions and central concepts in personal network research and we will briefly relate personal networks (sometimes called egocentric networks) with various theoretical streams in the social sciences. This will give students an understanding of the different requirements that researchers may pose to their designs or instruments. We will then introduce the basic steps of measurement of personal networks. The second morning is focused on delineating the networks. Students will be introduced to the variety of name generators and alternative approaches used in the social sciences, which will be compared with respect to contents, the characteristics of the measured networks and ties, the reliability and validity of the measures, and respondent burden. On the third, fourth and fifth morning, we will discuss the statistical analysis of personal networks with R. The participants will have ample opportunity to discuss their own research projects using personal networks.
More information:

Ethnographic Accounts of Personal Networks, SIAA (Italian Society for Applied Anthropology) VII annual meeting: 12-14 December 2019, Ferrara (Italy)

SIAA (Italian Society for Applied Anthropology) VII annual meeting

Ferrara (Italy). 12 December 2019

PAPER SESSION: ‘Ethnographic Accounts of Personal Networks’
We practice personal networks every day. Each of us is the center of our own universe. We know who our friends are, how they are connected to each other, and what kinds of sociability, help, and information they might provide. But how do such network individuals operate? Personal network analysis and visualization combined with ethnographic interviews and participant observation have the potential for researching creatively integrating ethnography and network analysis, based on the assumption that it is due to ethnography that we characterize ties. Ethnography permits the revealing, the unveiling, and the classifying of networks. In this sense, the information on composition of networks are gathered ethnographically in a rich and complex fashion due to the extended contact time between researchers and the community of participants. These ethnographic accounts of personal networks accurately display social relationships as they come and go, thus demonstrating their dynamism and mobility.
In this panel session we analyze territorially specific patterns of social interactions that are bundled in the urban social milieu by inviting papers that address some of the following:
– communities as networks with a focus on social integration and mobility of migrants and/or minority groups;
– the role of specialized ties in promoting social support and network capital;
– how do homogeneous networks are conduit for social control and channels for the reproduction of inequalities? In other words, how does homophily is disadvantageous for lower-status groups?
– linkages over time between life stage experiences, relationships and changes in personal networks.
Chua, V., J. Madej, and B. Wellman (2011). Personal Communities: The World According To Me. In J. Scott & P. J. Carrington (Eds), The SAGE Handbook of Social Network Analysis, pp. 101-115. London: Sage Publications.
Domínguez, S. and Hollstein, B. (ed.) (2014). Mixed methods social networks research: design and applications. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Hannerz, U. (1980). Exploring the City: Inquiries Toward an Urban Anthropology (chapter 5: “Thinking with Networks”). New York: Columbia University Press.
McCarty, C., Lubbers, M. J., Vacca, R., & Molina, J. L. (2019). Conducting Personal Network Research: A Practical Guide. New York: Guilford Press.
Wellman, B. (2007). The Network is Personal: Introduction to a Special Issue of Social Networks. In Social Networks 29, 349–356.
Lidia MANZO,
Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan (Italy)


Download the full conference program.

CURA Urban Methodologies Summer School, (De Montfort University) Leicester, 12-13 June, 2019 (UK)

CURA Urban Methodologies Summer School

De Montfort University, Leicester (UK) 12 – 13 June, 2019

The Centre for Urban Research on Austerity Urban Methodologies Summer School is a two-day event aimed at PhD researchers, early-career academics and advanced postgraduate students. It will be held at De Montfort University, Leicester, on 12-13 June 2019. The UMSS will feature four masterclass sessions led by David Bailey (Birmingham), Sarah Marie Hall (Manchester), Cristina Temenos (Manchester) and Michael Hoyler (Loughborough). These sessions will cover novel and innovative approaches to researching disruption and urban resistance, the everyday of austerity, urban policy mobilities and the global urban of world city networks. Two Doctoral Student Plenaries will also feature, where selected participants will deliver short fifteen minute presentations on their own research methodology to receive feedback from participants and a panel of CURA researchers.
Details of masterclass sessions can be found here.
The provisional programme is available to view here.

New journal article: ‘Resisting Gentrification: the case for Diversity’

A new journal article reflecting on the notion of urban diversity in gentrification processes has now been published in the Urbanistica Tre special issue “Stay put! Anti-gentrification practices in Southern Europe” edited by Sandra Annunziata with a commentary by Loretta Lees.

Manzo, Lidia K.C. (2017). Resisting Gentrification: the case for Diversity,” special issue “Stay put! Anti-gentrification practices in Southern Europe” in Urbanistica Tre, Journal of Urban Design and Planning of Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Vol. 5 , Iss. 13, 111-117. ISSN: ISSN: 2531-7091

Abstract: The endorsement of diversity has always been a hallmark of gentrification. Thus, my view is that practices of resistance that advocate for an idealized version of urban diversity per se do not produce socio-economic inclusiveness and tolerance. Rather, it is the ambiguous coalescence between the production and the consumption of diversity that, while enhancing a diverse plurality of dwellers, can give rise to a plurality of interests and goals that are often in conflict. Critical urban research involves examining the effects of diversity on the development of gentrification processes rather than simply assuming that the results of its practices of resistance will be beneficial. The interests or lifestyle of a group should not be favored simply because it is at a disadvantage. This occurred in Milan, where Chinese entrepreneurs were able to move from being dominated by the revanchist policies of the local government to being the dominant actors in the rise of a “commodified” multiethnic neighborhood. It is necessary to investigate whether such an action would displace other groups. This is exactly how the ambiguity of diversity emerges: on the one hand it defines urban appeal, fosters creativity, and breeds tolerance, while on the other hand, it can undermine democracy if individuals’ loyalty to group interests or symbols is greater than their interest in the common good.

New journal article “Naked elites: unveiling embodied markers of superiority through co-performance ethnography in gentrified Brooklyn’s Park Slope”

A new journal article reflecting on performance as the paradigm-driven methodological tool to unveil the hidden, micro-strategies of elite reproduction in the super-gentrified neighborhood of Brooklyn’s Park Slope has now been published on Taylor & Francis Online.

Manzo, Lidia K.C. (2017). Naked elites: unveiling embodied markers of superiority through co-performance ethnography in gentrified Brooklyn’s Park Slope,” in Urban Geography, Vol. 0 , Iss. 0,0. ISSN: 0272-3638 (Print) 1938-2847 (Online). DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2017.1381535

The first 50 readers can get a free copy here‬ ‬

“Naked elites: unveiling embodied markers of superiority through co-performance ethnography in gentrified Brooklyn’s Park Slope”
(c) Lidia K. C. Manzo in Urban Geography (2017)

CFP: Putting the Financialisation of Housing in the ‘Rights’ Place: A Multi-Scalar Perspective

Call for Papers: “Putting the Financialisation of Housing in the ‘Rights’ Place: A Multi-Scalar Perspective”

XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology: ‘Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities’,
RC21 – Research Committee on Regional and Urban Development
Toronto, Canada. 15-21 July 2018


The 2017 UN’s special rapporteur for housing, sets out how unregulated global capital has not only rapidly distorted real estate markets, but has also disconnected housing from its social function of providing a place to live in security and dignity, thus undermining the realization of housing as a human right. The increased intertwining of finance and real estate was a prelude to and intimately bound up with the global economic crisis, yet the post-crash context has been particularly dynamic as new roles are cast for private-equity firms and other financial actors in the ‘for-rent’ residential sector and as states engineer new policies to further affirm the treatment of housing as a financial asset. One upshot of these new financialized visions of housing and of the city more generally has been to accentuate sharply housing accessibility crises and socio-spatial segregation. This session examines the financialization of housing at a variety of scales using a ‘rights’-based framework by inviting papers that address some of the following:

  • How pre- and post-crash processes of housing financialization are forged, governed, contested, experienced and performed?
  • What is the role of local communities? How do they cope with everyday affordability problems in the current climate of welfare state retrenchments, predatory lending practices, displacement and eviction?
  • What roles do state and financial actors play in promoting housing financialization? What are the impacts of the entrance of private-equity companies and REITs as the new asset owners and landlords in post-crash cities?


Lidia K.C. MANZO, and Sinéad KELLY,

Department of Geography at Maynooth University (Ireland)

How to present a paper

Anyone interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract on-line through the centralized Confex website. Abstracts must be submitted in English, French or Spanish. Only abstracts submitted on-line will be considered in the selection process.

Select the Research Committee: RC21 Regional and Urban Development

Select the Session: Putting the Financialisation of Housing in the ‘Rights’ Place: A Multi-Scalar Perspective

Link for on-line submissions:


30 September 2017 (please, notice that only abstracts submitted on-line can be considered for the selection!)

General inquiries can also be directed to the organizers.


New journal article: Video-Ethnography and Critical Research for More Democratic Urbanization

A new journal article reflecting on the notion of urban democracy through a video-ethnographic study of the conflicts that followed the 2007 riots in Milan’s Chinese neighborhood has now been published in Visual Anthropology in Vol. 30/2017, Issue 3: City Visualscapes: Visual Practices of Urban Research.

Manzo, Lidia K.C. (2017). Video-Ethnography and Critical Research for More Democratic Urbanization: The Case of Milan Chinatown,” in Visual Anthropology, , Vol. 30, Issue 3: City Visualscapes: Visual Practices of Urban Research, 206-22. ISSN: 0894-9468 print/1545-5920 online. DOI: 10.1080/08949468.2017.1296295

The first 50 readers can get a free copy here‬ ‬or download the proof copy from this website.