A Scientific Initiative on/for Border Abolitionism


14 May - 15 May 2024

International Conference “Collective Memories of Transit across the Mediterranean”

Members of Solroutes—Luca Queirolo Palmas, Michela Lovato, and Nadia Chaouch—participated in the International Conference “Collective Memories of Transit across the Mediterranean,” hosted by the University of Parma on May 14th and 15th, 2024.

Parma, Italy

This two-day international conference explores the stories and collective memories of migration across the Mediterranean. It focuses on how collective memories of transit can be reclaimed and reimagined to challenge the dominant narratives around mobility, citizenship, and social organization in European societies. The event brings together relatives of those who disappeared while crossing borders, solidarity networks and associations, researchers, and legal practitioners to examine the past and present of the European border regime. The main topics discussed include:

  • The Mediterranean as a deadly border
  • Memories of transit denied on both sides of the sea
  • Legal struggles for the right to memory
  • Archives and infrastructure of memory

Michela Lovato (University of Genoa) served as a scientific committee member alongside other academics from the University of Parma and, together with Nadia Chaouch, contributed as speakers to the “Ongoing Research” panel. Luca Queirolo Palmas (University of Genoa) participated as a discussant, providing critical insights during the panel.

14 May, 14:30-17:30

Ongoing Research


Nadia Chaouch, University of Genoa
Andrea Palamenghi, University of Milan
Sofia Stimmatini, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Michela Lovato, University of Genoa

Discussants: Monica Massari, University of Milan and Luca Queirolo Palmas, University of Genoa

Complete Program.pdf