Giulia Carabelli

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  • Room 01.004 - 1 College Park East

    United Kingdom

20132020

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Research Focus

I am an urban and cultural sociologist interested in grassroots activism, solidarity and care with a growing interest in more-than-human politics. Theoretically, my research brings together and expands conversations on the social production of space (especially the work of Henri Lefebvre), affect, and feminist theory. As a researcher, my aim is to produce scholarly work that can initiate and intervene in public debates in support of demands for social justice, social care and the production of a more equal and inclusive society.

 

Current Research:

(2020-ongoing) Care for Plants (this project is a research strand of Caring through Vulnerability: Exploring Affect and Emotion during Covid19 with Lisa Smyth and Teresa Degenhardt and is funded by QUB)

This research reflects on the roles played by houseplants during the Covid-19 pandemic. It asks why caring for plants became so important to many and it studies the affective bonds created between humans and plants to account for vulnerability, intimacy, and the emergence of more-than-human solidarities during social isolation. This project is assembling a visual archive of multi-species homemaking practices under lockdown that is accessible via Instagram. Look up @CareForPlants if you want to participate!

 

(2008-ongoing) Grassroots Activism in Bosnia&Herzegovina

I started researching the roles of grassroots organising in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a PhD student at QUB (2008-12). I have continued this research as a Fellow of the Centre for  Advanced Studies South-Eastern Europe at the University of Rijeka (HR)(2015-16) and I am currently working on some aspects of this long-term research to explore the roles of hope in grassroots politics.

 

(2017-ongoing) Feline Diplomacy: How Cats talk Politics on Twitter (unfunded)

Drawing on a netnography of cats discussing international political affairs on Twitter, this research explores how the #diplomogs, petfluencers who roam in real life British Government buildings, become an interface for voicing critical discourses outside mainstream party politics. I attend to the emergence of the more-than-human in world politics to ask what cats bring in to the body politic and to explore how virtual animal voices become the means of political contestations in a digital world.

Teaching

In 2020-21, I convene the following modules: 

SOC3005 Issues in Contemporary Irish Societies;

SOC9062 Conflict and Change in Northern Ireland: New Sociological Research.

Expertise related to UN SDGs

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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