photo-Video Collaborative Ethnography in Urban Spaces. The production of ‘White Eagle’ in the former Italcementi Factory in Trento

A book chapter based on the collaborative video ethnography conducted in the former Italcementi factory in Trento has now been published in Italian in the edited book of Frisina, A. on Visual Methods of Social Research:

Manzo, Lidia K.C.  (2016). “foto-Video Etnografia Collaborativa negli Spazi Urbani. La produzione di ‘Aquila Bianca’ nell’ex-Italcementi di Trento“, in Frisina, A. (ed.), Metodi Visuali di ricerca sociale, Bologna: Il Mulino (pp. 191-210). ISBN: 8815265570

The study draws from the collaborative ethnographic video produced  with refugees, professional filmmakers, photographers and local activists concerned about the precarious living conditions of a group of migrants that make the former Italcementi factory their home. Placing collaboration more systematically throughout both fieldwork and the writing process, the work discusses urban research practice in the light of industrial disinvestment processes in northern Italy.



Governing the city in a post-crisis context: The case of Dublin

A seminar by Niamh Moore-Cherry
(University College Dublin)
Wednesday, April 27th 2016, 12.00 | 13.30
Aula Master, DAStU | 5th floor
School of Architecture Urban Planning and Construction Engineering | Politecnico di Milano


As has been well documented, the year 2008 marked the demise of what had been broadly heralded as the ‘Celtic Tiger’ economic miracle as a triple crisis (financial, fiscal and banking) took hold in Ireland. While much has been written about the banking element, the recent crisis was in large part the result of complex inter-relationships between real-estate, financial, planning and banking interests, concentrated particularly in urban settings. Norris and Byrne (2014) argue that one of the fundamental causes of the crisis in Ireland was planning and housing policy. The failures of the property sector, and the inadequacy of government policy in steering it appropriately, are perhaps best illustrated in the phenomenon of unfinished estates (Kitchin et al., 2014). Fox-Rogers and Murphy (2013) argue however that it is not just planning policy but the operation of planning – both formal and informal  – that demand more intense scrutiny. This paper examines the operation of planning in Dublin before, during and after the crisis. It highlights two key issues facing the development of the city-region today: derelict space and lack of affordable housing supply.  The paper illustrates the poor governance arrangements that underpinned planning in the city before 2008 and considers whether any substantive changes have been made that might impact on addressing the challenges currently faced.

Introduction and discussion: Lidia Manzo – Maynooth University and Politecnico di Milano (DAStU)
Discussants: Guido Anselmi – Università di Milano Bicocca,  Marta Cordini – Politecnico di Milano (DAStU), and Francesca Oleari – Università Cattolica di Milano

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Scenes from the B1 panel discussion at #RC21Conference2015 #TheIdealCity

Surveilling the “proprietary powers”: Investigating urban image making as a process of ownership

@ISIA, Urbino (Italy) – August 28th 2015
David Chapin (CUNY Graduate Center), Lidia K.C. Manzo (Politecnico Milan), Scott Lizama (CUNY Graduate Center)

Civita, Cairo, Dubai, Bangalore, and Amsterdam: a fabulous panel session!




Occupy Chinatown >_<

Saturday June 27 – 7pm at the community garden Giardini in Transito

The students of the International MA in Urban Planning and Policy Design of Politecnico di Milano University will give a public talk based on their recent research projects in the neighborhood of Paolo Sarpi street, the so-called Milan Chinatown:

Tommaso Romagnoli, Victor Osei Kwadwo and Esther Deyanara will analyze the process of urban transformation of Paolo Sarpi street;
Valeria Barchiesi will talk about institutional relationships and community politics;
Diana Xheka will address everyday practices and uses of the neighborhood.

The presentations, in English and Italian, will be chaired by Lidia Manzo.

An exhibition of posters and photographs designed by the students will be set up in the garden.

100in1giorno Milano

Italiani, casa e famiglia

An article by Alessandra Minello talks about the Italian preliminary results of the HOUWEL research project, presented last September during a seminar at the Politecnico di Milano University.

Interestingly, it discusses the role of family in the Italian housing system, a relationship which strongly affects young adult’s housing transition.

Read more here:

New book release announcement: «Culture and Visual Forms of Power. Experiencing Contemporary Spaces of Resistance»

Whether the exercise of resistance over power was good or bad is open for debate. This edited collection detailed that in both cases power was deployed. The contributors visually traced the effects and described its operations. In this process, resistance has been viewed as a profound attempt to not be subjugated by a series of intersecting relations of power, as an object of “moral orthopaedics” (Foucault 1995, 10).

It is worth noting what is the intent of this book. Our concern is with how power is figured in different cultural representations, socio-economic relations, forms of political expression, and how practices of resistance unfold in the construction of spaces for common identity and agency. Calling for a revaluation of Foucault’s conception of resistance is not an invitation of triggering a mobilization, but rather to break “the appearance of unanimity which is the greater part of the symbolic force of the dominant discourse” (Bourdieu 1998, viii). And examining such dominance is no less than research “into the inner meaning of specifically modern life and its products, into the soul of the cultural body,” as Georg Simmel (1950, 409) brilliantly suggested us.

(From the book Introduction, pages 7-8).

This volume presents a collection of essays that were first presented in a coauthored panel session organized in 2012 under the conference theme “Visual Activism and Social Justice” at the International Sociological Association (ISA) Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The editor is intellectually indebted and grateful to the session participants for their collaboration and individual efforts over the course of two years. This stimulating venture brought together scholars from the global north and south. I thank Beatriz Nussbaumer, Carlos Cowan Ros, Emiliana Armano, Fabiene Gama, Karen Crinall, Tamara Bellone, and Verónica Devalle for the willingness to share your collective wisdom, individual perspectives, and extensive knowledge. To Enzo Colombo and Timothy Shortell I am especially grateful for your insightful remarks featured at the beginning and end of the volume.

2015, Champaign, Illinois, USA: Common Ground Publishing

ISBN 978-1-61229-640-1



Timothy Shortell

Part I: Introduction

“And their struggle becomes visible”: For a Radical Revaluation of Foucault’s Conception of Resistance to Power
Lidia K.C. Manzo

Visual Methods in the Study of Power
Timothy Shortell

Part II: Experiencing Contemporary Spaces of Resistance to Power

Chapter 1
Beyond Foucault’s Subject of Power: Affect and Visual Emergence in Grass-roots Social Activism
Karen Crinall

Chapter 2
Contesting Images in the (Re)construction of Ethnic Identities and Territories: The Case of a Huarpe Community in Argentina
Beatriz Nussbaumer and Carlos Cowan Ros

Chapter 3
Photo-documentation, Culture and Stereotypes: How the Global South is Struggling for Visual Forms of Power
Fabiene Gama

Chapter 4
Design and Craft in Latin America: Images in Tension between the Dominant and the Residual
Verónica Devalle

Chapter 5
Subjectivity and Video-based Studies: Roma Culture, Forms of Expression and Resistance in Dances
Tamara Bellone and Emiliana Armano

Part III: Conclusions

Chapter 6
The Representations of Power and the Power of Representations
Enzo Colombo

About the Contributors

Download the intro of the book here.

More info on the publisher webpage: «Culture and Visual Forms of Power. Experiencing Contemporary Spaces of Resistance».