Mauro Magatti (PhD, University of Kent, Canterbury), professor of sociology at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, will spend part of the fall semester at the Kellogg Institute working on a joint project with Andrea Simoncini: “Europe: An Institution without a Society?”
A leading Italian sociologist, Magatti has focused his research on the role of civil society in contemporary democracies, cultural and social change, and, most recently, the implications of globalization.
His Kellogg collaboration with Simoncini will examine the changes over time in the meaning of “civil society” in Europe, looking in particular on how it has evolved from a communally oriented to a more individualistic concept. Can some of the current problems of the European Union lie in its neglect in its constitutional politics and law of the older notion of civil society? Using a multidisciplinary approach, the pair will study the relationship between the multiple civil societies of Europe and the future of the EU’s institutional framework.
Since 2008 Magatti has been the director of the Centre for the Anthropology of Religion and Cultural Change (ARC), a collaborative project based at Catholic University, Heritage Foundation Gallup, Gallup Europe, and Cork University. He has also consulted for the EU, the European Science Foundation, the Italian Ministry of Education, and Italian Caritas, among others. In 2007 he was visiting professor at École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. He is the author of numerous journal articles and books as well as essays and articles in popular publications.