Cultural territorialization and hybrid assemblages in the High Sea – IGU 2023

Session chairing and presentation, with Federico Fornaro, on "Toward socio-cultural territorialization of the Open Sea. Insight from Cultural and Social Geography and Oceanic Sailing", and presentation of theoretical-visual contribution on “Staying with the problem in the Open Sea. On the plastisphere as hybrid ecological formation of the Chthlucene” (with comments of the shots of the photo exhnition "Explorations in the Plastisphere").

Participatory practices for the attachment of Society to the Ocean – ASLO Meeting

On the 5th of June 2023 I co-chaired the compelling session “EP004 - Exploring the Emotional Connection Between Society and the Ocean” at the Aquatic Sciences Meeting ASLO 2023 in Palma de Mallorca. On this occasion we provided the participants with a bonus content and display the pictures of the photographic exhibition “Exploration of the Plastisphere” by adopting an innovative hands-on-art  approach.

Photo exhibition on New Hybrid Ecologies of the Mediterranean Sea

“Explorations in the Plastisphere” is the title of the new photo exhibition promoted in the series of public engagement activities at the Department of Economics, Social Studies, Applied Mathematics and Statistics - University of Turin. Organised by dr. Chiara Certomà’s research team DIGGEO@ESOMAS, the exhibition proposes an unconventional perspective on one of the most cogent issues of our time, i.e. the marine plastic pollution, by visually investigating the new hybrid ecologies emerging on the plastisphere.

U.N. Ocean Decade Endorsement for our IGU conference session on the interaction between humans and the Ocean

The conference session we (me and Chiara Certomà and Luisa Galgani, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany) are organising during the International Geographical Union Thematic Conference on "The Ocean and Seas in Geographical Thought", titled “Territorialising the High Sea: Socio-cultural mapping the interaction between humans and the Ocean”, has had the honour to receive the U.N. Ocean Decade Endorsement by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission at UNESCO.

“Dialogic practices of urban gardening in Rome: “Reading for difference” in social innovation”now out!

Very happy that a new paper I co-authored with Paolo Giaccaria (DIGGEO@ESOMAS) is now out in pre-print on Urban Geographies! We want to thanks the editor Nathan McClintock for supporting us during the whole review process and the three referees that provided challenging but inspiring suggestions. Warm thanks to Silvia Cioli and Luca D'Eusebio@Zappata Romana and all the Rome's gardeners that shared their experience with us!

“The slow politics of climate urgency” is out (with a chapter of mine)

A new book exploring the multiple temporalities mobilised in climate change politics, edited by Håvard Haarstad, Jakob Grandin, Kristin Kjærås, and Eleanor Johnson has been published by UCL Press under the title "Haste. The slow politics of climate urgency".The book also includes a chapter of mine on "Promises and contradictions of digital sustainability in the post-pandemic city".

Call for abstracts “Territorialising the High Sea” at the 2023 IGU Thematic conference

We will be happy to receive your abstracts for our session titled "Territorialising the High Sea” ( Together with participants’ contributes the session will host a kick-off tale of the territorialization process of the High Sea video documented by the sailor and independent video-maker Federico Fornaro, Managing Director of the international news agency Raw-News.

Exploring the emotional connection between society and the ocean

I have organised with Luisa Galgani (GEOMAR - Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel,, Ngozi Oguguah (Nigerian Institute For Oceanography and Marine Research), Ana Fernandez Carrera (Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemuende) and Allison Fong (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research) a geo-oceanographic session focused on citizen participation and fostering transdisciplinary collaborations at the next ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting 2023, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, from 4–9 June 2023.  

CommonsHood in the Garden. Social economies, civic blockchain and urban gardening in Turin

A new social innovation project has been just granted by the CRT Foundation to DIGGEO@ESOMAS: "CommonsHood in the Garden. A local network for the creation of non--monetary value at the Orto della SME by using civic blockchain" in Turin! I will run it in collaboration with the Department of Management (Laura Corazza) and the Department of Computer Science (Guido Boella). The project responds to the need to increase social cohesion of local economic networks in urban fringes at the cross-road of different socio-economic and cultural contexts, and to improve the quality of the environment and urban greenery, through the collective and circular management of public areas. To this end, it adopts digital tools for civic activism.

Preparing a COST Action proposal on DSI in the European cities

DIGGEO@ESOMAS has recently received a UniTo – MUR Grant for Internationalisation for a proposal titled “Preparing a COST Action proposal on DSI in the European cities” - we are ready to start working in February 2023! The project is intended to feed basic research and boost international dimension and attractiveness of UniTo by leading the consolidation and further expansion of a wide international networks of academic and high-level research institutions (including strategic partners from UNITA).

Narratives of Digital Social Innovation at the Society of Geographical Studies

On the 9th of December I am presenting my work titled "Narrazioni dell’Innovazione Sociale Digitale a confronto. “Leggere per differenza” spazio e spazialità delle reti socio-tecnologiche nella città aumentata" at the Beyond Globalisation:Narratives/ Oltre la Globalizzazione: Narrazioni event organised by the italian Society of Geographical Studies (SSG) in Como (University of Insubria).

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