Social Distancing Vs. Digital Social Participation in Milan: Notes from fieldwork and during COVID-19 lockdown

By Shireen Walton, March 2020, originally post here The coronavirus pandemic has significantly affected the lives of people across the world, with Italy currently experiencing among the severest consequences of the virus. Between 2018 and 2019, I conducted 16 months of fieldwork in Milan, where I had been studying issues of digital social participation, care … More Social Distancing Vs. Digital Social Participation in Milan: Notes from fieldwork and during COVID-19 lockdown

Milano Smart City: from above, below, and beyond

The last decade has witnessed the rise of the Smart City. Smart Cities, as they are broadly conceived, encapsulate the increasing embedding of technology into the urban infrastructures of cities across the globe[i]. The smart city concept can best be understood as a constellation of features and potentials made up of big data, algorithmic governance … More Milano Smart City: from above, below, and beyond

Digital Social Participation – post-fieldwork blog post with the ASSA project [Sept 2019]

Social participation is among the most significant factors linked to health and wellbeing later in life. As a variety of studies have shown, loneliness (both social and emotional [i]) is one of the most pressing issues of ageing. Individuals, of all ages and backgrounds seek roles, a sense of belonging and purpose, but these needs becomes … More Digital Social Participation – post-fieldwork blog post with the ASSA project [Sept 2019]

Smartphones: ‘addictions’ and connections – fieldwork blog post [May 2019]

Last week during one of the women’s group activities at the Multicultural Centre I have been regularly attending in Milan I was asked if I could take a photo for one of the Italian women, Maria, in her early 70s, who volunteers at the Centre three days per week. Maria had just been found on … More Smartphones: ‘addictions’ and connections – fieldwork blog post [May 2019]

Mothers and Daughters in Milan & beyond – fieldwork blogpost with ASSA project [March 2019]

Among the themes that have emerged from my research on ageing in Milan over the last 14 months, relationships between women and their Mothers have been particularly prominent. I have been exploring the significance of physical proximity, distance, and smartphones in examining how caring is enacted in these relationships, amongst women of different ages and … More Mothers and Daughters in Milan & beyond – fieldwork blogpost with ASSA project [March 2019]

Ageing Actively in Focus – fieldwork blogpost [January 2019] as part of the ASSA project

Link to this post on the ASSA blog Books about ageing are currently in the spotlight. As discussed by Daniel Miller in an earlier blog post from February 2018, philosopher Kieran Setiya has looked at mid-life, from theoretical and practical perspectives. Another more recent work comes from journalist and author Carl Honoré, who in (B)older: … More Ageing Actively in Focus – fieldwork blogpost [January 2019] as part of the ASSA project

Fare insieme: making and doing things together in Milan – fieldwork blog post [November 2018] as part of the ASSA project

Fieldwork blog post, November 2018 In Italian, the word fare, means to do and to make. Doing and making appears to be a fundamental aspect of community life here in this inner-city neighbourhood in Milan’s zone 2, which constitutes the locus of my fieldwork. A number of activities, events and organisations I am involved in … More Fare insieme: making and doing things together in Milan – fieldwork blog post [November 2018] as part of the ASSA project

Living alone vs. loneliness: Notes from a Milanese neighbourhood – fieldwork blog post [Sept 2018] as part of the ASSA project

One of the key features of living in Milan are the characteristic apartment buildings (pictured below). Built in the early 20th century, these buildings, known as ‘palazzo’ (palazzi pl.), have housed generations of families, groups and individuals over the decades; Italian and non-Italian, working and middle-class. Photos (CC BY) Shireen Walton, Milan, Italy 2018 Living … More Living alone vs. loneliness: Notes from a Milanese neighbourhood – fieldwork blog post [Sept 2018] as part of the ASSA project

Open call for participants: outdoor lab ‘Bodies in Motion’ to take place at the EASA conference, August 2018, Stockholm University

Info & -reregistration here: https://easabodiesinmotion.wordpress.com This outdoor laboratory invites participants to an anthropological exploration of bodies in motion in the outdoors; to acknowledge and challenge issues associated with movement; such as pace, rhythm, tempo, velocity and flow, surrounding their own practices, as well as the people, ‘things’ and contexts circulating around them, be it during fieldwork … More Open call for participants: outdoor lab ‘Bodies in Motion’ to take place at the EASA conference, August 2018, Stockholm University