Understanding the Mafia
Comprendre la mafia

A project presented by Irene Segone, directed towards young people and the general public.
2020-2021

A student initiative at Sciences Po Menton


A student initiative at Sciences Po Menton
Aim. This project aims at understanding the mafia, why it is important to talk about it and how it relates to our studies. To do so the project aims at establishing a reflective and formative path that allows a group of young people to first explore and educate themselves and then transmit the knowledge gained from this first part, to the others. This initiative is designed to build upon an already quickly developing understanding connected to the culture of legality. 

  • Why is it important to talk about it?

  • How does it relate with our studies?

  • How can we communicate our knowledge to others?

Approaches. Before getting into the specifics of the setup of this project I would like to highlight the two approaches I will be using throughout this project. First of all it is a project in which we we learn together and hence rather than having me teaching others it will be all us of discussing and looking at information to try and understand it together. This because I am not an expert in the field and I strongly believe that it is a much more efficient approach to learning, understanding and remembering the things that are being discussed. Secondly, while all Italians or people familiar with the Italy are welcome to join and are actually encouraged be part of this project, it is designed in such a way that it is mainly directed to those that do not know much about Italy and its culture. This because one of the fundamental aspects of this project is also to deconstruct stereotypes attributed to the mafia, which I more often hear from people that associate Italians to “pizza, mozzarella and mafia”. 

The set up.
To comply with the aims of this project, the project is set up in two parts. The first part, educating ourselves, will be carried out in six sessions that discuss the various thematics relating to the mafia. The second part, educating others, will be a more hands-on approach aiming at consolidating what we have learned and what we will take from it and transfer it to others. This part will focus on the creation of collages summarizing our take ons from the six previous sessions and will honor the victims of the mafia. This collages will then be exhibited, preferably, in a public space where the residents and tourists of the city will be able to see and question and learn.

Timeline


Session 1.

Introduction. Definitions. Origins.

Learn MoreSep 26, 2020

Session 2.

Role of women. Evolutions.

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Session 3.

Interdisciplinary analysis of the mafia.

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Session 4.

The markets of the mafia.

Learn MoreNov 18, 2020

Session 5.

Ecomafia. In collaboration with EnvironneMenton.

Learn MoreNov 28, 2020

Session 6.

A global phenomenon, with special focus on the Mediterranean.

Learn MoreJan 23, 2021

La conférence : "Comprendre la mafia: stéréotypes et définitions".

Ouvert à tous !! En collaboration avec: Libera, DeMains Libres, Crim’HALT, Sciences polémiques, la Fabrique politique, l'administration de Sciences Po campus de Menton, EnvironneMenton et le Bureau Des Arts.

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Session 7.

The fight against the mafia. Innocent victims of the mafia.

Learn MoreMar 05, 2021

Collage preparation.

Mar 14, 2021

Exhibition in Menton in honor of the innocent victims of the Mafia.

After the six informative sessions establishing a reflective path to understand the Mafia, the students who have taken part in the student initiative will exhibit, in the city of Menton, various collages, representing what they have understood and want to transmit to the city, as well as honoring innocent victims of the Mafia.

Mar 21, 2021

Movie night.

Mar 26, 2021

Sessions


SESSION 7.

The fight against the mafia. The innocent victims of the mafia.

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SESSION 6.

A global phenomenon, with special focus on the Mediterranean.

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SESSION 4.

The markets of the Mafia.

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SESSION 3.

Interdiscplinary analysis.

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SESSION 2.

Women. Evolutions.

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SESSION 1.

Introduction. Definitions. Origins.

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Testimonials


Events


  •  21/03/2021 01:00 PM
  •   11 Place Saint-Julien, Menton, France

After a few months of formative sessions, the students of Sciences Po Menton will create art pieces to remember the innocent victims of the mafia. These will be exhibited on the Sciences Po campus of Menton as to raise awarness on the issue of the mafia as well as honor the innocent victims of the mafia. For this reason the exhibit will open on March 21, national day of remembrance in Italy for the innocent victims of the mafia. Students will also put a name of a victim outside their windown on Sunday as to raise even more awareness.

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  •  18/02/2021 05:30 PM - 18/02/2021 08:30 PM
  • Online Event

Cette conférence abordera le thème "Comprendre la mafia: stéréotypes et définitions". De nombreux experts de la mafia, allant des artistes aux professeurs universitaires, et aux procureurs pénaux, partageront avec nous leur expérience et leur expertise uniques sur ce sujet pertinent. Cette occasion servira également au lancement de la première branche mentonnaise de Libera, une association civile de lutte contre la mafia. Cette conférence aura lieu le jeudi 18 février de 17h30 à 20h30 à la fois en personne sur notre campus (si la situation sanitaire le permet) et en ligne, diffusée directement via cet événement Facebook. En collaboration avec: Libera, DeMains Libres, Crim’HALT, Sciences polémiques, la Fabrique politique, l'administration de Sciences Po campus de Menton, EnvironneMenton et le Bureau Des Arts.

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RESOURCES


All the images used as cover photos for the sessions have been taken by Letizia Battaglia.
RESOURCES.
Here is a list of resources you can look into if you want to learn more and understand more about the mafia. 

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