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Silvia Binenti

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Silvia Binenti

PhD Candidate in Human Geography
AHRC Scholar (LAHP)

Email: silvia.binenti.16@ucl.ac.uk

Department of Geography
University College London

North-West Wing
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT

Research

Working title: “Mundane objects of popular geopolitics: an ethnography of activist t-shirts

As social life has further embraced performative consumerism and commodification, politically charged commodities have emerged as a form of everyday material culture that acts politically. Many large e-commerce sites now have a section dedicated to activist products – clothing in particular – signalling a growing market for “wearing” political views and communicating politically through purposefully designed garments and accessories. In this context, public opinion on geopolitical matters can be seen as an animated battleground of competing objects. Through a multi-sited ethnography, my research aims to study the popular geopolitics of commodities of everyday activism – such as t-shirts with political prints – and explore their ability to shape political affect, discourse and action.

 

Supervisors:

Prof. Jason Dittmer

Dr James Kneale

Academic Background

EDUCATION

PhD in Human Geography
University College London (2020 - ongoing)
Working title: “Mundane objects of popular geopolitics: an ethnography of activist t-shirts

MPhil in Social Anthropology
University of Cambridge, St John’s College (2019 - 2020)
Final dissertation: "Shopping in the time of COVID-19: Consumption and panic buying in Italian and English supermarkets"

MSc in Global Migration
University College London (2016 - 2017)
Final dissertation: “Branding Remembrance: The Symbolic and Material Imaginaries of the Poppy” (available here)

BSc in Political Economy
King’s College London (2012 - 2015)
Final dissertation: “The social performance of the border between ‘us’ and ‘them’: The case study of Lampedusa”

 

HONOURS & AWARDS

2020-2023: AHRC PhD Studentship (full award) – London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP)

Oct 2020: Elected to MPhil Scholarship for distinguished academic performance in MPhil examinations – St. John's College, University of Cambridge

Oct 2020: Awarded MPhil Prize for distinguished academic performance in MPhil examinations – St. John's College, University of Cambridge

2019-2020: Departmental Bursary Award to cover fees and/or maintenance costs – Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Feb 2016: Santander Graduate Scholarship 2016 as part of the SME Internship Programme with King's College London – Santander

Jan-May 2014: Study Abroad Scholarship to spend one semester at the National University of Singapore – King’s College London

Sept 2013: College on Wheels Project in partnership with the University of Delhi – King’s College London

Conferences and Publications

CONFERENCES

Memories of the Future International Conference London, Mar 2019
Selected as one of the conference’s main speakers following a competitive call for papers launched by the School of Advanced Study (SAS).

Veterans for Peace UK Public Conference 2018 London, Nov 2018
Invited as a main speaker to the organisation’s annual conference to present my research article on the ‘consumption’ of national remembrance.

UCL Migration Unit 6th Annual Conference – London, Jun 2017
Chaired panel on "Border Spatialities" and helped organise a photography exhibition on in-between spaces of refuge.

 

PUBLICATIONS

De Amicis, L., Binenti, S., Maciel Cardoso, F., Gracia-Lázaro, C., Sánchez, Á., & Moreno, Y. (2020). Understanding drivers when investing for impact: An experimental study. Palgrave Communications, 6(1), 86. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-020-0447-y

Binenti, S. (2018). The Poppy Brand: Fitting National Remembrance in a Shopping Cart. Online article published by Veterans for Peace UK. Available at: https://vfpuk.org/articles/never-again-1918-2018/never-again-the-poppy-brand/.

Binenti, S. (2017). Branding Remembrance: The Symbolic and Material Imaginaries of the Poppy. UCL Migration Research Unit (MRU) Working Papers, N. 2018/7. Available at: https://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/research/research-centres/migration-research-unit/publications/working-papers/files/MRU%20WP%20Silvia%20Binenti%202018%207.pdf.