Barbara Pinelli is a socio-cultural anthropologist specialized in forced migration and intersectional feminist perspectives with a focus on the nexus among multiple spirals of power, memories of violence, political testimony. Her extensive research experience in the field of political asylum includes the impact of European border regimes on migrants, migratory routes in the Mediterranean area, and gender-based violence. She has carried out long ethnographic research in Sicily (on landing zones and within refugees’ camps) involving mainly refugee women and looking at the link between gendered traumatic memory and the ways in which arrival contexts exacerbate the long-term vulnerability and human suffering. Currently, her work mainly concerns processes of reconstruction of subjectivity after experiences of persecution and abuse, the temporal dimension of violence, and critical perspectives on the moral regimes of humanitarian policies.

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