The Assemblage of Marginality in European Cities
Funding period: 1 January 2013 – 31 December 2013
Type of funding: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Michele conducted his research fellowship at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. His research challenged canonical claims relating to issues of marginality, poverty, and difference in the contemporary urban field. His methods were qualitative, sustained by in-depth ethnographic fieldwork and informed by theoretical grounding in assemblage thinking, critical urban theory, affective space and biopolitics. The research contributed to the critical assemblage thinking approach to urban studies, providing theoretical and empirical insights derived from specific ethnographic case studies in Europe. The main focus was around issues of drug consumption in Bucharest, Romania, but also included selected case studies around homelessness in Italy, Romania and the UK.
Michele finished his Fellowship early to take up the post as a Lecturer at Cardiff University.