Future Generations of Solidarians: Organizing with and for Migrant Youth in Sicily


Marshall Building, Room 490
845 N. Park Ave.
85721 Tucson , AZ


Fri, 02/08/2019 - 3:00pm to Tue, 05/24/2022 - 6:09pm


Part of the Spring 2019 Middle Eastern and North African Studies Colloquium Series

Megan A. Carney, Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Director of the Center for Regional Food Studies, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona 

In this talk, I bring attention to the specific experiences of migrant youth in Sicily and how they have been (un)accounted for in the work of social solidarity in present-day solidarity movements in the Mediterranean. I present a set of case studies from multiple years of ethnographic fieldwork to highlight how migrant youth respond and organize themselves, but also how others organize on their behalf, sometimes with the unintended consequence of excluding youth from solidarity efforts. These case studies include housing programs and group homes for migrant youth, a film laboratory that doubles as a youth vocational training program, and awareness campaigns made possible by migrant youth participation.


Megan A. Carney is a sociocultural and medical anthropologist. She is Assistant Professor in the School of Anthropology and Director of the UA Center for Regional Food Studies at the University of Arizona as well as a Public Voices Fellow with The OpEd Project. She is the author of the award-winning book "The Unending Hunger: Tracing Women and Food Insecurity Across Borders" (University of California Press, 2015). She conducts research on transnational migration in the United States and Italy.