Simona Pagano

Simona Pagano


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Simona Pagano is a cultural anthropologist interested in issues related to migration and border regimes, racism and anti-racism, gender and feminist theory, violence (and their spatialization), as well as processes of Europeanization and transnational movement. She has currently completed her dissertation at the Department for Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology at University of Göttingen. For her dissertation, she conducted research in so-called authorized camps for Romanies in Rome. She investigated how racism and heteronormativity intersect in the production of the camp space and vice versa how the camp influences on racialized and gendered regimes.

Until September 2016 she was employed at University of Göttingen as a research assistant in the DFG funded Research Training Group “Dynamics of Space and Gender”. From 2010 to 2013 she has worked as a research assistant in the FP7 funded project TOLERACE: the semantics of tolerance and (anti-) racism in Europe” based at European Viadrina University Frankfurt/Oder. In her case studies she focused on institutional responses concerning the ‘Roma Problem’ in Italy in key life spheres such as education and employment. Simona Pagano holds a M.A. in Intercultural Communication Studies from European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder.

She co-edits the journal “movements. Journal für kritische Migrations- und Grenzregimeforschung”.


[2016] “Feministische Kämpfe zwischen Rassismus und Asylregime” ein Interview mit Aktivistinnen von Women in Exile und International Women’s space, mit Magdalena Freudenschuss, in: feministische studien Heft 2, 2016, 261-271.

[2016] Editorial „Rassismus in der postmigrantischen Gesellschaft“ with Espahangizi, Kijan; Hess, Sabine; Karakayali, Juliane; Kasparek, Bernd; Rodatz, Mathias; Tsianos, Vassilis in: movements. journal für kritische migrations- und grenzregimeforschung, Bielefeld: transcript, 9-23.
And open access:

[2014] “Sewers under the sky (fogne a cielo aperto): Antigypsyism and Italian Campland”, in: Law, Ian Mediterranean Racisms. Connections and Complexities in the Racialization of the Mediterranean Region, Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave MacMillan. 95-112.

[2011] „Also der Körper is da, die Seele nich“. Zur Funktion antisemitischer Äußerungen in Männlichkeitskonstruktionen vier Berliner Jugendlicher mit türkischem und arabischem Migrationshintergrund. Münster: LIT.