Susanna Trotta

PhD Project: Religious practices between the local and the transnational in the Afro-European migration context: case studies from Italy and Germany (Research Area Migration)

  • 2023- current PhD student at Humboldt University – International Research Training Group Transformative Religion (D)
  • 2018-2022 Research Associate at the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities
  • 2021 Researcher at the Bruno Kessler Foundation – Centre for Religious Studies in Trento (Italy)
  • 2017-2018 social worker with asylum seekers in Genoa (Italy)
  • 2015-2016 MSc Global Migration (distinction) University College London (UK)
  • 2005-2009 BA Intercultural Communication (cum laude), University of Genoa (IT)
  • 2007-2008 Erasmus Scholarship, University of Reading (UK)
  • 1996-2007 Diploma in Classical Piano, ‘N. Paganini’ Conservatory, Genoa (IT)

This PhD project examines how and with what effect religious practices are interlinked with migration processes between Africa and Europe, with case studies from Berlin (Germany) and Genoa (Italy). In particular, it looks at what roles underresearched religious communities with transnational ties play in migration processes (including in the descision to migrate/stay/return) and at existing modi operandi in providing material and immaterial support to migrants. It also considers what implications these dynamics could have on current and future migration policy frameworks.