A Scientific Initiative on/for Border Abolitionism

A joint workshop between 2 ERC AdG Projects

Vital Elements and Postcolonial Moves (VIE) and Solidarity and Migrants Routes (SOLROUTES) with the participation of MOBS (Mobilities Imaginaries and Solidarities across the borders – PRIN/Italy), 29 February 2024 – Zarzis/Tunisia

Within the frame of the first Short Intensive Course of VIE, this joint workshop on decolonizing knowledge is meant to be an opportunity for researchers and PhDs to discuss together the theoretical and methodological implications of ethnographic research, as well as some preliminary results of the research conducted by SOLROUTES Tunisian Antenna on the condition of refugees and deportees.

The Vital Elements project starts with a decolonial move away from Europe to open up spaces for thinking about migrant death, not in relation to borders that kill, but in relation to life and possibilities for life. It aims to study death in relation to vital elements and materialities that are crucial for life or spur death in their absence; think of water, salt, and phosphate.

The Solroutes project addresses solidarity, both the one among people on the move and the one provided by groups and associations, as a driving force in producing mobility and bypassing border regimes and fences.  It is grounded on a large-scale ethnography, mainly in the global south, using art-based methods. Tunisia is one of the prominent locations of the research.



Amade M’Charek, University of Amsterdam, P.I VIE Project

Luca Queirolo Palmas, University of Genoa, P.I Solroutes Project

Hassan Boubakry, CETUMA and academic partner of VIE and SOLROUTES projects

Vincenza Pellegrino and Jacopo Anderlini, University of Parma (MOBS project – https://mobsprin2020.org)

Nadia Chaouch, PhD researcher, SOLROUTES Project