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  • Sandro Cattacin (Suivez via Twitter: @SandroCattacin).
  • Fiorenza Gamba
  • Anne Philibert
  • Morena La Barba
  • Maxime Felder
  • Dagmar Domenig
  • Toni Ricciardi
  • Jenny Maggi
  • Loïc Pignolo
  • Luna De Araujo

Sandro Cattacin studied economic history, political science and political philosophy at the University of Zurich (1982–1987). With an Italian fellowship he then participated in the PhD programme in political and social science at the European University Institute in Florence (1987–1990) where he obtained his PhD in 1992. After his graduate studies he started working as a researcher at the University of Geneva and in 1992 he obtained a position as senior lecturer in 1997, a position as executive director of the "Laboratoire de recherches sociales et politiques appliquées" (resop), an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Geneva, and in April of 1999 a position as associate professor in sociology and political science. He has offered different courses at the University of Geneva on Swiss politics, comparative methods, political theory, and social policy topics. From 1993 to 2000 he taught at the University of Fribourg, Faculty of Social Policy and Social Work (courses on welfare state theories). In the academic year 1998/1999, he held (stand-in professor) the Chair of Regional Politics at the University of Constance, Faculty of Administrative Science. From September 1999 to September 2004, he was Director of the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies at the University of Neuchâtel and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences of the same university. From 2000 until 2006, he was (part-time) Professor in Social and Health Policy at the IDHEAP [Institut des Hautes Etudes en Administration Publique] in Lausanne. Since October 2003, he is Professor at the Sociology department of the University of Geneva. Sandro Cattacin is on academia.com.

Fiorenza Gamba graduated in History of Philosophy at University of Turin (1996), she held a PhD in Philosophy from Sorbonne University in Paris (2001), a PhD in Sociology of Culture and Communication from University of Turin (2004) and a HDR (Habilitation à diriger des recherches) in Sociology and Anthropology from University of Strasbourg (2014). She has been Assistant Lecturer at Polytechnic of Turin (2009) and Assistant Professor at Sapienza University of Roma (2007-2012). Since December 2012 she is Associate Professor at University of Sassari. In 2017 she stayed at IRS (Institut de recherches sociologiques) of University of Geneva as academic guest. After one year, she joined in 2018 the same institute as a Senior Researcher.  Because of the multiplicity of her academic education as well as her scientific curiosity, her research themes are characterized by interdisciplinarity and included images, representations of contemporary imaginaries, STS Studies (especially digital tools), contemporary rituals of commemoration and inclusion, Urban and Mobility Studies.  In particular she has studied the transformation of rituals of commemoration and the way to copying with loss through the digital rituals (2007; 2010; 2015; 2016) and the contemporary demand for scientific and technological immortality (2017). Currently, she works on a IRS project on inclusive dimension of urban rituals. Fiorenza Gamba has taught courses on Philosophy,  on Sociology of Culture and Communication, on Theory of image and Visual Communication, on Digital practices, on Urban rituals and Urban Identity. She is also co-founder of AISLF CR38 – Socio-Anthropologie Politique and AIS section - Sociologia dell’immaginario. More.

Anne Philibert, sociologist, specialised on addiction research.

Morena La Barba est chercheuse au département de sociologie de l'Université de Genève, spécialisée dans l'histoire de la migration italienne en Suisse.

Maxime Felder. After a degree in social work, social policy and anthropology at the University of Fribourg, he obtained a master in sociology at the University of Geneva. He is working since 2011 as research assistant for the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, doing research on citizenship and nationality with Prof. Laurence Ossipow. Since 2012, he also works for the University of Geneva, first as research assistant on the european project WILCO (Welfare innovations at the local level in favour of cohesion) and then as Ph.D. student on the project «Cohabitation, connivences et antagonismes en situation de ‘nouvelles’ mixités urbaines»

Irene Pellegrini, sociologist, specialised in methods and topics related to differences and languages use in a mobile world.

Marisa Fois is historian and political scientist. More.

Dagmar Domenig graduated in law, before receiving her diploma as a registered nurse. She then worked in different hospitals for several years before going back to the University of Berne to study social anthropology. She specialised in medical anthropology, as well as in migration and health and graduated as a social anthropologist in 1998. In 2001 she completed her doctorate, with a thesis that was based on an applied research in the field of migration and drugs, focussing on Italian families (Domenig 2001). She then worked at the Swiss Red Cross, where she built up a migration and health unit, offering training and other services for nurses, medical doctors and other health professionals and health institutions. Her work on transcultural competence (Domenig 2007) has since been implemented across the Swiss health system. Domenig has also been a member of the WHO/HPH Taskforce of Migrant Friendly and Culturally Competent Health Care since 2004. She is an active member of its project group, which is currently developing equity standards for health systems. In 2010 Domenig left the Swiss Red Cross as a deputy director and since 2011 she has been working as the CEO of the Arkadis Foundation, a private social institution with more than 200 collaborators, caring for handicapped and other children and adults with health and social problems, including people with a migrant background.

Toni Ricciardi, docteur en histoire et spécialiste de l’histoire de la migration italienne en Suisse dans le deuxième après guerre, en particulier dans le domaine de l’associationnisme laïc dans l’émigration, est maître-assistant à l’Université de Genève. Après une maîtrise en 2003 à l’Université de Naples “L’Orientale” avec un mémoire sur l’émigration italienne en Suisse après la deuxième guerre mondiale, il a obtenu le Doctorat de recherche en 2010, avec une thèse intitulée “Associazionismo ed emigrazione. L’esperienza della FCLIS e gli italiani in Svizzera (1945-1975)”. Depuis 2005 il collabore avec la chaire d’Histoire de la Méditerranée moderne et contemporaine dans l’Université de Naples “L’Orientale”. Il travaille avec nombreux centres de recherche sur les phénomènes migratoires, notamment: le Centro Altreitalie de Torino, dans lequel il participe activement aux activités de recherche et d’études; la Fondazione Migrantes (Conferenza episcopale italiana) avec laquelle depuis 2007 il publie chaque année des articles sur l’émigration italienne dans le “Rapporto italiani nel mondo”, et le Centro Studi Emigrazione di Roma.

Jenny Maggi is lecturer and researcher at the Department of sociology, University of Geneva. She has collaborated with the Department of social psychology at the University of Geneva (where she obtained her PhD Social psychology in 2000), on issues related to social change, integroup relations, attitudes toward migrants and democracy. From 1999 to 2001 she was scientific collaborator at 'resop', an interdisciplinary unit of the Department of political science at University of Geneva, where she worked on several research programmes on comparative social and health policies. From 2000 to 2004 she was researcher at the Swiss forum for migration and population studies (SFM, University of Neuchâtel), on areas related to migration and health, asylum seekers and legal and social precariousness. Her last research projects, carried out in collaboration with Swiss and international partners, are comparative policies toward destitute asylum seekers in Switzerland and transnational Senegalese migration.

Loïc Pignolo, sociologist, specialised in addiction research and urban sociology. He is research assistent in sociology at the University of Geneva.

Luna De Araujo is anthropologist and works on health and migration. More.

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