Northern Italy: The Long March of the ‘Ndrangheta. Old History and New Stories © private

Lec­turer: Prof. Dr. Fernando dalla Chiesa (Professor of Sociology of Organized Crime at the State University of Milan/Italy) | Date: 07/10/2019, 11 a.m. | Ven­ue: Max Planck In­sti­tute for For­eign and In­ter­na­tion­al Crim­in­al Law, Freiburg.

It is possible to describe the history of the presence of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta in Northern Italy as a long, winding march, slowing down and speeding up, coming to a halt and starting up again. To be more precise, it is the history of a particular kind of mafia colonisation. Indeed, at the beginning of the new millennium, the situation in Northern Italy, especially in Piedmont, Lombardy and Emilia, can be aptly summed up by this image: while Sicilian Cosa Nostra has become weaker than before, the wealthiest and most cosmopolitan regions in Italy are experiencing an uneven process of ‘Ndrangheta colonisation. Why? To what extent is it happening? And what does it mean for the future of Italy and Europe?

Short biographical note:
Nando dalla Chiesa is full professor of Sociology of Organized Crime at the State University of Milan, where he is coordinator of the PhD program in Studies on Organized Crime and director of the “Rivista di Studi e Ricerche sulla Criminalità Organizzata”. He is currently director of the the UNODC chair “Falcone-Borsellino” in Mexico City. Nando dalla Chiesa was member of the Italian Parliament and has held several institutional anti-mafia positions. He is honorary president of the anti-mafia association “Libera”. He is also author of about forty scientific and civil commitment books.