Domains of Popular Politics
This line of research aims to investigate the spaces, times, and forms of popular political participation, within and outside institutional frameworks. The main focus of research is the various forms of communication, interaction and collective action that characterized popular politics in Greco-Roman antiquity. However, these researches were also aiming to explore the relationships between the common people and the political, religious or social elites, ranging from confrontation to collaboration.
Popular Traditions and Cultures
This line of research aims to investigate the languages, expressions, conceptions and traditions of the common people in Greco-Roman antiquity. The researches developed in this line were aimed not only to identify and classify the objects of culture that we may consider as “popular”, but also to investigate the popular appropriations and uses of the various symbols of culture. This means to relate popular cultural practices and traditions both to the material and social experiences in which they were rooted, and to the social and cultural context in which they were mobilized.
Social Strategies of Subaltern Groups
The researches developed in this line aim to understand the social practices of different subaltern or excluded groups in Greco-Roman antiquity, such as women, foreigners, free workers, slaves and freedmen, as strategies of resistance or survival in daily life. The aim is to investigate the everyday patterns of social interaction and the ways in which subaltern groups, apart from the rare rebellion, could struggle to reduce the effects of marginalization, inequality and exclusion.