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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Lorenzo Canepari

Lorenzo Canepari
Lorenzo Canepari
Sociology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Balkans, Italy, Istria, Dalmatia, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comparative Public Law, Philosophy of Law, Federalism, Referendums, Constitutional Transitions, Constructivism, Poststructuralism, Political Psychology, Documents, Interviews, Ethnography, Qualitative Research Methods, Memory, identity, Memory and Identification, Cognitive Turn, Nationalism, Spectacles and Rituals



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 (110 with honours/110)

2018: MSc in Nationalism Studies at the University of Edinburgh (still standing by for marking)

2018: PhD student in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh (currently)

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

Research Interests and Methods

I have a background of legal studies and I am interested in issues related to the philosophy of law and to the comparative public law, specifically to the relationship between legal positivism and functionalism, to constitutional transitions, to federalism and federalising processes, and to constitutional referendums. In this field, I would like to combine legal and sociological knowledges, analysing juridical mechanisms though the lenses of constructivism, post-structuralism, and political psychology.

I am also interested in nationalism and in the societies of the Balkans. My PhD research (From the other shore of the sea: memory, identity, and political action of Italians expatriated from Istria and Dalmatia in the perspective of European integration) 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.

My work relies on theoretical reflection, on the study of documents, and on qualitative methods of inquiry, like interviews and ethnography.


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


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. (2017) La gestione della questione nazionalista in Bosnia ed Erzegovina ed i processi federativi nella regione dei Balcani occidentali-The management of the nationalist issue in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the federalising processes in the Western Balkans. (Excerpt from my Master’s degree dissertation in Rome, soon to be published in Italy)


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