Centro per l’Eccellenza e gli Studi Transdisciplinari

Campus Luigi Einaudi – Lungo Dora Siena 100, Torino


Monday 20th of April 2015

The construction of the foreigner

The identity and rights of migrants

Campus Luigi Einaudi – Lungo Dora Siena 100, Torino

Walls, barriers and borders exercise their powers of exclusion, even and above all when they are less visible. Elusive and intangible, they nevertheless clearly draw the boundary between ‘us’ and ‘them’. How do the policies that ‘construct the foreigner’ function? How do we oppose them and counter them?

Monday 20 April 2015, at the Luigi Einaudi Campus (Sala Lauree Blu, Lungadora Siena 100 – Turin), Alessandro Dal Lago, Donatella Di Cesare and Luigi Pannarale discuss the migratory phenomena towards Europe and Italy, with particular attention to reception and rejection policies. The interdisciplinary confrontation – between philosophy, sociology and law – will, beginning with the Italian reality of CIE (Centri di Identificazione ed Espulsione; centres of immigration detention for identification and expulsion), touch on the themes of identity and the rights of migrants. To their authoritative voices will be added those of the young discussants Alessandro Campo (University of Turin) and Alberto Martinengo (Assistant Professor at the University of Milan).

The event is funded by the Student Council of the University of Turin in the framework of the permanent calendar of Biennale Democrazia.


Alessandro Dal Lago

Donatella Di Cesare

She is Professor of Philosophy at the Sapienza University of Rome, and has taught in numerous universities in Germany and the United States. She was Vice President of the ‘Martin Heidegger-Gesellschaft’.

Luigi Pannarale

Luigi Pannarale is a lawyer and Professor of Sociology of Law at the University of Bari. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the Italian Society of the Philosophy of Law, and he has taught at the Universities of Saarbrücken and Münster (Germany) and Budapest (Hungary). He founded the Osservatorio sulla detenzione amministrativa degli immigrati e l’accoglienza dei richiedenti asilo in Puglia (The observatory for the administrative detention of immigrants and the admission of those requesting asylum in Puglia). He is the translator and editor of the Italian edition of N. Luhmann’s Grundrechte als Institution (Diritti fondamentali come istituzione, Dedalo, 2002), and author of essays and monographs, among which are Giustiziabilità dei diritti (Franco Angeli, 2007), Lezioni sui diritti (Pensa Multimedia, 2010), and Il diritto che guarda (Franco Angeli, 2012).


Alessandro Campo

Doctoral student of Rights, Institutions and the Market at the University of Turin

Alberto Martinengo

Alberto Martinengo is Research Fellow at the University of Turin and Scientific Director of CEST.

Campus Luigi Einaudi – Lungo Dora Siena 100, Torino