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Chiara Bresciani

MA, Part-time Lecturer

Chiara Bresciani


External lecturer, Global Society, MA program in International Studies. PhD Cand., Anthropology. Member of AU-based Economic Reconstruction research group (part of the project Surviving Memory in El Salvador, Western University). Member of LACUA, Latin American Center at Aarhus University. Project manager, Raíces de Cultura (for the dissemination of academic knowledge on Latin America, run with LACUA (Centre for Latin American studies at AU) and the association Raíces. Member of ALTAR Lab for Visual Anthropology at The Cairns Institute. Member of AIRI (International Association of Italian Researchers) and editorial board member of AIRInforma, an online, peer-reviewed journal for the dissemination of research.
Research interests. Politics, environmental concerns, promises of development and international activism: they constitute my starting point to bridge classic ethnological knowledge of Huave (Ikojts) indigenous people of Oaxaca (Mexico) with the challenges posed by their unequal inclusion in the globalised world. For my PhD project (informed by long-term fieldwork), I work on different planes of time, constantly shifting between myth and history and building on concepts of cultural heritage, moral economy and local/national identity. Among my other interests: cultural determinants of alcohol consumption and local strategies to overcome addiction; solar energy and anthropology; Catholic exorcism. As member of the Economic Reconstruction research group of the project Surviving Memory in El Salvador, I will analyse the role of non-economic elements such as heritage, creativity, cultural identity, resilience, and traditional/indigenous knowledge in determining the success of projects of economic reconstruction in post-conflict zones.
Fieldsites: Huave region, Mexico (since 2010), Chalatenango dept., El Salvador (since 2022).

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