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Vanessa Grotti

Associate Professor

Department of Cultural Heritage

Academic discipline: M-DEA/01 Demology, Ethnology and Anthropology

Short Bio

I am a social and medical anthropologist, Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Dep. of Cultural Heritage (Unibo). I have published on medicine & colonialism, human-nonhuman relations, kinship & gender, personhood, animism & material culture, and migration. My research centres around kinship & reproduction, with a particular focus on relations and encounters of care, within medical institutions and beyond. I have studied these processes in Amazonia, by documenting first contacts and medical missions in Suriname. I have also studied relations of care in hospitals & NGO clinics in the Mediterranean & Overseas France. I was PI of an ERC-funded project, EU Border Care (2015-21), which examined migration, maternity care & reproductive health in EU borderlands. I was co-investigator on a project which studied migrant death, mourning & memorialisation in the Mediterranean & Adriatic, funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation (2018-21). My new research project examines human-nonhuman cohabitation and reproduction in the increasingly feral coastal landscape of the Po Delta (Adriatic).

EU Border Care Project

Webcomic 'Expecting'

Graphic Novel 'Chez toi'


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Dipartimento di Beni Culturali
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Office hours

From mid-September 2023 onwards: due to high volume of students, meetings need to be organised in advance via email. If enquiring about thesis supervision, please only contact me if you have a title, abstract and draft bibliography. I do not propose topics myself, I only supervise anthropology dissertations, and students need to demonstrate autonomy and creativity. I only accept students who have followed my courses and/or have prior training in anthropology. Please see Research Themes Section for further information on research supervisions.

Da metà settembre 2023 in poi: gli studenti devono inviare mail con breve spiegazione del motivo per richiesta ricevimento e per concordare eventuale incontro. Per richiesta tesi in antropologia inviare documento con proposta di ricerca, titolo e prima bozza di bibliografia. Accetto solo studenti che hanno seguito il mio corso in presenza.