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Researcher for Paris: Sabina Rossignoli, M.Sc.

Sabina Rossignoli received her bachelors in history of religions from the University of Trieste, Italy, and postgraduate degrees in Jewish studies from the EHESS of Paris and in social anthropology from the London School of Economics. She is writing her PhD in anthropology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, and at the Université Paris V Descartes. She has undertaken fieldwork in different contexts of migration in France, with a particular interest in the social and cultural aspects of displacement within the urban spatial structure.  
She has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia during the fall semester 2011. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation.



WORKING TITLE: “Distinction and belonging through music and dance: the Caribbean nightlife scene of Paris”

This project aims to explore music genres and dance performances within the Caribbean nightlife scene in Paris. Since dance seems to be a relevant element of the Parisian Black scene, the actual practices of the dancing body will be investigated in order to shed light on patterns of distinction among young people. The hypothesis of this dissertation is that, in this context of nightlife leisure, the moving body conveys images of cultural belonging implying processes of negotiation of Black identities within the allegedly colour-blind French Republic. Moreover, dynamic transnational imaginaries are developed through the consumption of particular music styles. Nightlife is a space of relatively free expression and can allow for the enjoyment of specific cultural heritages: Paris hosts a lively leisure scene addressing Caribbean youth although alternative scenes can also be frequented. Since these youth attribute particular relevance to the body and the dance in their leisure activities and forms of sociability, dance as a social practice might generate a set of meanings related to cultural belonging and distinction. Through the methods of participant observation, this dissertation wants to advance an innovative perspective regarding post-migrant youth and their forms of identification. Caribbean clubbers will be followed in their nightlife practices, may they happen in private or public spaces, and will be interrogated about the meaning they attach to the dancing body. Moreover, particular attention will be brought to the music genres offered in the context of different leisure destinations such as bars, clubs, dance courses and house parties. At a later stage of this thesis, organisers will be interviewed in order to explore the ideas according to which their events are conceived.


Papers given


Geographies of Caribbean Clubbers in Paris
Sabina Rossignoli
Final Conference "New Post-Migrant Socialities. Rethinking Urban Leisure Publics in the Context of Diversity and Dominance"
Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main
January 24 - 26, 2013
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"On stage and off stage: catégories fluides de la performance"
Sabina Rossignoli
Seminar EHESS-CEHTA "Figures du geste dansé" organized by Anne Creissels, Paris, 06.04.2012



Zouk love: texts, bodies and transnational constructions of sexuality in the Caribbean nightlife of Paris
Sabina Rossignoli
CORD-SEM 2011: Moving Music / Sounding Dance: Intersections, Disconnections, and Alignments between Dance and Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 17.-19.11.2011

Struggling for “the Caribbean body”. Dance competence and the ramifications of belonging in the Caribbean nightlife of Paris
Sabina Rossignoli
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 09.11.2011

“When you can dance and touch”: Black dance performance and the eroticization of the white woman
Sabina Rossignoli
"Images of Whiteness: Exploring Critical Issues", Oxford, 12.-14.07.2011

Les aspects performatifs du champagne: consommation (d’alcool), distinction et postcolonialité dans les boîtes de nuit antillaises en région parisienne
Sabina Rossignoli
Journée Jeunes Chercheurs du Canthel, Université Paris Descartes, Paris, 14.06.2011

La nuit, la danse, les jeunes et la transgression
Sabina Rossignoli
In the context of the seminar "Banlieues transgressives" (M. Hatzfeld, L.-H. Choquet), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, EHESS, Paris, 17.02.2011


Caribbean clubbing in Paris. Negotiating socialities and constraints within urban space
Sabina Rossignoli
ESF Explanatory Workshop "Postmigrant Youth Scenes in Urban Europe", Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, 01-04.07.2010

Clothing styles and social marginalization: an anthropological approach to youth from the urban peripheries of Paris
Sabina Rossignoli
Stadtkolloquium workshop, University College London, London, 28.-29.01.2010