About ASMI

Joseph Viscomi

Joseph J. Viscomi is lecturer in modern European history at Birkbeck, University of London and an affiliated researcher with the ERC project ‘Crosslocations: Rethinking relative location in the Mediterranean’ based at the University of Helsinki. He obtained his PhD in Anthropology and History from the University of Michigan in 2016, and joined Birkbeck in 2018 after a post-doctoral fellowship at NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies. He is completing a manuscript that explores how Italian residents in Egypt (a population that numbered roughly 55,000 on the eve of the Second World War) and the political actors around them anticipated, experienced, and remembered their departures from Egypt and arrivals in Italy in relation to contemporary historical events. He has published on this research in History & Anthropology, The Journal of Modern History, Modern Italy, and Archivio Storico dell’Emigrazione Italiana. Joseph is currently developing a new research project on the social, political, and environmental conditions of depopulation in Southern Italy. In this research he examines the stories and places passed over or left behind in the history of migration, with a particular concentration on the changing relationships between people and material landscapes in depopulating towns.