Morena La Barba
I’m senior lecturer and founding member of the Visual Sociology Unit at the University of Geneva where I teach courses on visual methodologies and visual creation for social science. I studied political science and women’s studies at the University of Bologna and training in documentary filmmaking and journalism. In my PhD dissertation in in sociology I produce a sociological film.
I have made several research mandates with film productions for public organizations and civil society about history and memory of Italian migration (with particular reference to voluntary associations and cinema), interculturality and political participation of young people and migrants.
In my work perspective visual sociology includes filmic sociology and stands out as public sociology: an epistemologically founded sociology, where sociological knowledge is possible thanks to an awareness of the researcher’s subjectivity and its values. Intersubjective relations, the development of a reflexive attitude, the ethical dimension are at the heart of the research process. This vision implies the logic of social change and structural transformation; the practices of collaboration, participation, intervention; the restitution, communication and dissemination of the results of our research to the different groups concerned and the public sphere.