Migrant Labor Struggles in Italian Agriculture

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Event Contact

Meyerhoff, Eli

Irene Peano

In the last few years, organizing efforts have multiplied around migrant labor in Italian agriculture. Combining militant investigation and participation in struggles and strikes, activist scholars have addressed such crucial questions as the living conditions of migrants in "ghettos" and labour camps, the transnational composition of the labor force, working conditions in the fields, and the intertwining of global commodity and care chains. On January 22, we will talk with Irene Peano, who has long been engaged in these organizing efforts and militant investigations.

Irene is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, where she works within a project titled "The colour of labour: The racialised lives of migrants," led by Cristiana Bastos. She previously worked at the Universities of Bologna and Bucharest, and got her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Her work is concerned with migrant labour (particularly sex and farm work, and their intersections), its organization and forms of resistance, and in relation to their multiple genealogies. She is a member of the militant network Campagne in Lotta.

Two linked events:
Tue. 1/21, 12-1pm - "mapping" session - discussion of preparatory readings available here:

Wed. 1/22, 12-1pm - dialogue with Irene Peano

We'll have free lunch for participants on both days.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Social Movements Lab
Event Co-Sponsors
Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI)