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Vanessa Grotti

Associate Professor

Department of Cultural Heritage

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


Keywords: Social and Medical Anthropology, History of Medicine and Medical Humanities, Lowland South America, Mediterranean and the Balkans, Global Health, Kinship, Gender, Critical Race Theory, Ethics, Religion & Shamanism, Anthropocene and Multispecies Ethnography, Migration, Material Culture.

Student Supervisions:

I welcome enquiries about thesis/research supervisions in social and medical anthropology + medical humanities which coincide with my research, teaching and publication profile, with a particular interest for research on the following topics:

- history of medicine and colonialism, empire, missionary expansion and institutions, colonial medicine and hygiene, history of infectious diseases, history of science;

- Lowland South American ethnology; Amazonia (past & present); Amerindian studies; Latin America & the Caribbean (land, coasts & sea areas);

- Mediterranean & Adriatic anthropology; Anthropology of Europe; maritime anthropology;

- anthropology of religions and Christianity (conversion to Christianity, missions, etc.), shamanism, indigenous ethnology, animism, indigenous science and ontologies;

- colonial, decolonial and postcolonial studies, ethics & bioethics, feminism, gender and queer studies, care, humanitarianism (secular and faith-based);

- medical anthropology; anthropology of public health; kinship, reproduction, STS, the body, making of the body, sexual and reproductive health and rights;

- nomadism, pastoralism, walking as ethnography, anthropology of migration and diasporas (I insist on the anthropology part, I do not supervise political science or sociology dissertations);

- anthropocene & anthroposea, anthropology of nature, human-nonhuman relations, multispecies ethnography, ethnography beyond the human, indigenous science, queer ecology, climate change, pollution and extinction; wetlands and coastal areas, marine ecology, anthropology of soil and sediment.

- material culture, memorialisation, trauma, death & dying; forensic anthropology; recontruction, dissonant heritage, objects and things, museum studies, design and architecture, art and activism.

Prospective studies should contact me by email with a summary of the research project and a first bibliography.