Giulia Carabelli


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    United Kingdom


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Research Focus

I am a cultural sociologist interested in grassroots politics, politics of representation, and urban dynamics. I focus on central and south-eastern Europe 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, empire, post-colonial and decolonial studies.

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:

Research Stream 1: Grassroots Politics, Solidarity and More-than-human politics

(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.

(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!


Research Stream 2: Empire, Affect, and Heritage

(2016- ongoing) The Viennese Coffeehouse

Drawing on a three-year empirical research conducted as a member of the Empires of Memory Research Group (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, DE), I am writing a book that explores the affective legacies of empire in the Viennese Coffeehouse. The book introduces a number of coffeehouses that were built during the Habsburg Empire and have been preserved as historical heritage in Vienna, Budapest, Trieste and Sarajevo. My aim is to explore how empire remains problematically present in the coffeehouse and shapes social and political aspirations in the contemporary city.





In 2020-21, I convene the following modules: 

SOC3005 Issues in Contemporary Irish Societies;

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


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