October 25-26, 2020

Welcome to GKA SOCIAL 2020 VIRTUAL , the 8th International Conference on Social Sciences. The conference has become a discussion forum geared to the crucial challenges facing the social sciences in the current scenario, bringing together local and global perspectives. This year the highlighted theme is “Migration, today’s topic and always”.

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Highlighted Theme

Migration, today’s topic and always

Migration, legal or not, free or forced, is one of the great subjects of all time. Humanity has been set through millenarian migratory flows. From the ancient world, civilizations of the Mediterranean and the Middle East have emerged and disappeared due to great human migrations. Of course, not all migrations are the same. There are discussions about its benefits and detriments. For example, many governments are trying to either contain or, at times, encourage migration flows. We are not exempt from those who associate migration with the worst social problems. If governments reserve the right to decide who enters their territory, people and families will take care of their own livelihoods and life where possible. Some of the catalytic agents of migration are the economic and developmental inequalities between countries. At present, it has become very common to explain migration as part globalization. The central subject of this event deals with this counterpoint of ideas. There are intranational, international and transnational migrations, which cross borders, real or symbolic, and enrich, but also divide countries, cultures, groups, genres and ethnicities, among others.

Keynote Speakers

Davide Azzolini – Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public

Policies of the Bruno Kessler Foundation (Italy) Improving migrant children’s education. Do we know what works? Davide Azzolini is a research fellow at the Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies of the Bruno Kessler Foundation and an Affiliated Scholar with the Urban Institute (Washington DC). Davide is committed to carrying out social research that produces better and more usable evidence to improve policymaking. Davide’s expertise covers designing and running randomized controlled trials as well as advancing evidence-based policymaking. He is particularly interested in public policy analysis and program evaluation related to student achievement and attainment, higher education and immigrant integration. Davide’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as: The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science; Research in Social Stratification and Mobility; Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; and Demographic Research. He was visiting scholar at the Urban Institute, visiting student at the Free University of Berlin and research collaborator at the Office of Population Research of the Princeton University. Davide has a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Trento and a Master Degree in Public Policy Analysis from COREP, Turin.

Prof. Rafael L. Cabrera Collazo, PhD – Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)

El vídeo como frontera simbólica: lo latino en la videografía ochentera de Madonna Rafael L. Cabrera Collazo obtained a PhD in History from the University of Puerto Rico. He is in charge of the position of Associate Vice president for Academic Affairs at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and holds the rank of Professor of History in this same institution. He has been a visiting professor at universities in Cuba, Mexico, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Colombia, where he has offered seminars on semiotics and visual culture. He participates in several academic research networks related to studies on representations of mass media. He is a member of scientific editorial committees of universities in Spain, Colombia, Argentina and the Dominican Republic. He integrates national and international professional associations of historians and scholars of social sciences and visual culture, two of them being the Puerto Rican Association of Historians, of which he was a founder member and President between 2001 and 2004, and the International Society of Visual Culture, based in Madrid, currently serving as the Scientific Director of its executive committee. As for publications, he has three books as a co-author and one alone, entitled The drawings of progress: the caricature of Filardi and the criticism of Munocist developmentalism, 1950-1960. He has other collaborations about the cultural history of cinema, and the sociability and manipulation of mass media, published in specialized reviews and articles in books in Mexico and Spain.

Prof. Leonardo Schiocchet, PhD – Institute for Social Anthropology (Austria)

Tutelage and Humanitarian Reason: Ethnographic Insights from Palestinian, Iraqi and Syrian situations Leonardo Schiocchet has a PhD in anthropology (Boston University). He is currently a researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA), P.I. of the FWF-funded project Austro-Arab Encounters (2018-2022), and a founding-member of the Refugee Outreach & Research Network (ROR-n). Since 2006, his work has focused on the Anthropology of the Middle East, with particular attention to processes of social belonging and subjecthood among Arab refugees in the Middle East, Latin America, and Europe. Within this focus, his work has covered themes such as dynamics of suspicion and trust, ritualization, home-making processes, and others. Among his latest publications are: Outcasts among Undesirables: 117 Palestinian Refugees in Brazil in-between Humanitarianism and Nationalism (Latin American Perspectives, 46(3) 2019); and the special issue Anthropologists and Refugees between the Middle East and Europe (The Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia, 4(2) 2018).

Prof. Chiara Pagnotta, PhD – University of Barcelona (Spain/Italy)

Las migraciones latinoamericanas en el tránsito entre los siglos XX y XXI. Una perspectiva histórica. Chiara Pagnotta holds a PhD in History from Università di Genova (Italy). She is currently Lecturer in the History and Archaeology Department at the University of Barcelona. Her main lines of research concern the migratory processes between Europe and Latin America (19th-21st centuries), particularly regarding Ecuador and Brazil; the creation and transformation of ethnic, national and gender identities in Latin America; the ties between history, memory and representations in Latin America in the 20th and 21st centuries. She has authored articles in scientific journals in this field and book chapters in collective works. In recent years she has published the monographs entitled La migración ecuatoriana a España e Italia. Historias, memorias e identidades, 1995-2007. (‘Ecuadorian migration to Spain and Italy. Stories, memories and identities, 1995-2007’). Quito, 2014; Situando los márgenes de la Nación. Los italianos en Ecuador (XIX-XX). (‘Positioning the margins of the Nation. Italians in Ecuador (19th-20th centuries)’). Quito, 2016.  

Young Researchers Scholarships

Marta Mitjans Puebla
Universidad Abat Oliba CEU
Eleonora Voltan
Universidad de Málaga +
Università degli Studi di Padova

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