Maldusa constituted two stations in Palermo and in Lampedusa, to carry out critical research work and facilitate the encounter of local and transnational realities.
In the two stations, in Palermo and in Lampedusa, Maldusa focuses on a qualitative research and documentation approach, in collaboration with activists, people on the move, and existing organisations in the North and South of the Mediterranean Sea.
Besides research and documentation, in dialogue with the different but linked realities of Palermo and Lampedusa, Maldusa will prioritise the following key themes: breaking isolation; the continuum of criminalisation and deportation; fishermen struggles; migrant self-organisation. This, from an anti-colonial and intersectional perspective, centring voices and experiences of people on the move as well as in continuous conversation with people and realities in the Global South.
In both stations, activities will involve: organisation of festivals, meetings, workshops, training, conferences, summer schools, film screenings, book presentations, reading groups.
Maldusa, with its presence on the island, seeks to create stronger bridges and connections between sea activist and migrant solidarity initiatives both on a local and translantional level , in order to propose counter-narratives and counter-practices, as well as amplifying those already present on the island. This, in order to avoid reproducing a misleading spectacularization of the border regime.
In Palermo, Maldusa seeks to bridge a multitude of local and transnational realities that derive from anti-racist struggles, migrant activism and solidarity, as well as building bridges between communities on the move and their places of departure. The aim is to build further relationships between people, places and existing projects, actively involving people on the move in the organisation of the space.
Presence at sea:
With its presence at sea, Maldusa seeks to support people who might encounter difficulties in their journeys, and to facilitate their passage in face of authorities' attempts to obstruct their arrivals. Rescue will be deployed when needed, but the first aim is to support existing forms of self-organisation and solidarity among communities on the move at land and at sea.