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Lorenzo Canepari

Lorenzo Canepari
Lorenzo Canepari
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Social memory, Families, Nationalism, Ethnicity, Regionalism, Italy, Balkans, Qualitative research, Comparative constitutionalism



Education and Prizes

2009: Secondary school-leaving certificate in classical subjects from the T. Tasso School, Roma

2017: Master’s degree in Law at La Sapienza University of Rome

2018: MSc in Nationalism Studies at the University of Edinburgh

2018: PhD student in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh

2018: Laureato eccellente 2016-2017 della Fondazione Roma Sapienza-Excellent degree 2016-2017 by Fondazione Roma Sapienza (, for my Master’s degree dissertation in Rome

2019: PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh (currently)

Research Interests and Methods

My PhD research (Three times Italians: transmission of memory and reproduction of identity among the Italians from Istria and Dalmatia) tries to analyse the relationship between social cohesion, memory, and narration among the descendants of the Italian people who abandoned Istria and Dalmatia, in current Slovenia and Croatia, after the end of the Second World War.

This work relies on qualitative methods of enquiry,  mostly interviews and ethnography.

I have a background of legal studies and I am also interested in issues related to philosophy of law and comparative public law, specifically to constitutional transitions, federalism and federalising processes, and constitutional referendums.


2008: Brief summer internship in the office of the Italian journalistic television programme Exit

2014: Workshop about the constitutional transitions in the literature organised by the chair of Comparative Public Law (Professor Paolo Ridola) at La Sapienza

2015: Complement to the group of the chaperones during a cultural high school package tour in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia of the Leopardi-Majorana School of Pordenone (Italy)

2018: Conference presentation. YES/NO: New Nationalisms, Referendums for Secession and Simplification of Identities, ASEN Annual Conference 2018: The New Nationalism by ASEN, London, London School of Economics, 27/3/2018

2018: Conference presentation. YES/NO: Constitutional Referendums and Simplification of Identities, Nations and Nationalisms: Theories, Practices and Methods-International Postgraduate Conference 10 and 11 of September 2018 by LUNN and ASEN, Loughborough, Loughborough University, 10/9/2018

2019: Conference presentation. Memories, Narrations and Identities: the Italians from Istria and Dalmatia, New Directions Conference: Storying Sociology Annual Sociology Postgraduate Student-Staff Conference 18 and 19 of April 2019, Edinburgh, The University of Edinburgh, 19/4/2019

2019: Tutoring experience. I helped to organise the annual workshop about comparative constitutional law and literature held by the chair of Comparative Public Law (Professor Paolo Ridola) of the Faculty of Law of La Sapienza University. My role was to help a master's student to prepare his workshop paper

2019: Workshop presentation. Memories, Narrations, and Identities: the Italians from Istria and Dalmatia, Memories and Contentious Mobilisation in New Europe: a Graduate Workshop in Comparative Politics, Manchester, The University of Manchester, 6/6/2019


Canepari, L. (2015) La questione dei popoli della Bosnia-Erzegovina e delle transizioni costituzionali balcaniche ne “Il ponte sulla Drina” di Ivo Andrić-The issue of the Bosnia-Herzegovina’s peoples and the constitutional transitions in “The bridge over the Drina” by Ivo Andrič, Sapienza Legal Papers, vol. 3, pp. 179-194. Available on

Canepari, L. (2019) Book Review: How to Save a Constitutional Democracy by Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Z. Huq. LSE Review of Books. 26 May 2019.

Canepari, L. (2019) Book Review: Jože Pirjevec, Tito and His Comrades. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2018. 535 pp. £31.70 (hbk), £18.05 (e-book), Nations and Nationalism, vol. 25(3), pp. 1102-1104


Italian (native)

English (C1 IELTS certification in 2017; improved studying in the United Kingdom since 2017) 

Professional Associations

2018: ASEN, Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism


Mr Ross Bond

Senior Lecturer in Sociology, The University of Edinburgh

Dr Gezim Krasniqi

Career Development Fellow

Nationalism Studies Programme Co-director, The University of Edinburgh


Prof Paolo Ridola

Full Professor in Comparative Public Law, La Sapienza University of Rome

Headmaster of the Faculty of Law, La Sapienza University of Rome

Dr Michael Rosie

Senior Lecturer in Sociology, The University of Edinburgh

Nationalism Studies Programme Director, The University of Edinburgh