Meet the authors of the 64-1 issue, January 2022.
Francisco Ferrándiz, of the Institute for Language, Literature and Anthropology (ILLA), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), earned his Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology from University of California, Berkeley in 1996. His research focuses on the anthropology of the body, violence, and social memory. Since 2002, he has conducted research on the politics of memory in contemporary Spain, analyzing the exhumations of mass graves from the Civil War (1936‒1939). He is presently Principal Investigator of the research project The Politics of Memory: Exhumations in Contemporary Spain, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. His main books on this topic are El pasado bajo tierra: Exhumaciones contemporáneas de la Guerra Civil (Anthropos, 2014, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMeCs5XbqAA); and, as edited volumes, Necropolitics: Mass Graves and Exhumations in the Age of Human Rights (with Antonius C.G.M. Robben, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015); and Memory Worlds: Reframing Time and the Past (special issue Memory Studies, 2020, with Marije Hristova and Johanna Vollmeyer).
Stephen Gundle is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick. He is the author of several books on Italian history, culture, and the mass media including, most recently, Mussolini’s Dream Factory: Film Stardom in Fascist Italy (Berghahn, 2013) and Fame Amid the Ruins: Italian Film Stardom in the Age of Neorealism (Berghahn, 2020). Between 2006 and 2011, he directed a large research project on the personality cult of Benito Mussolini, which resulted in the volume The Cult of the Duce: Mussolini and the Italians (co- edited with Christopher Duggan and Giuliana Pieri, Manchester University Press, 2013).
Paolo Heywood is Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Durham. Before this he was an Affiliated Lecturer and a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, where he received his Ph.D. in 2015. He specializes in contemporary Italian politics, and the intersection of the anthropology of ethics and political life. He has also written widely on anthropological theory, particularly the so-called “ontological turn.” He is the author of After Difference: Queer Activism in Italy and Anthropological Theory (Berghahn, 2018) and is currently preparing his second monograph on life in contemporary Predappio, the birthplace and burial site of Benito Mussolini.
Caroline Humphrey is an anthropologist who has worked in Russia, Mongolia, China (Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang), India, Nepal, and Ukraine. She has researched a wide range of themes including Soviet and post-Soviet provincial economy and society; Buryat and Daur shamanism; trade and barter in Nepal; environment and the pastoral economy in Mongolia; the history and contemporary situation of Buddhism in Inner Mongolia; and urban transformations in post-socialist cities (Buryatia; Uzbekistan, Ukraine). She has written on inequality and exclusion; theories of ritualization; the politics of memory; naming practices; ethics, and conceptions of freedom. Recently she has completed an international research project on socio-economic interactions on the Russia–Mongolia–China border. She has published A Monastery in Time: The Making of Mongolian Buddhism (with Hurelbaatar Ujeed, Chicago, 2013); and the edited volume Trust and Mistrust in the Economies of the China-Russia Borderlands (Amsterdam University Press, 2018).
As a historian, Hannah Malone has explored the politics of modern Italy through the architecture of cemeteries, the heritage of Mussolini’s regime, and connections with Nazi Germany. After completing a Ph.D. at Cambridge, she worked as a research fellow and lecturer at the British School at Rome, Magdalene College Cambridge, and the Freie Universität Berlin. As a researcher in the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, she is now writing a book on Italy’s Fascist cemeteries. She is author of a monograph entitled Architecture, Death and Nationhood(Routledge, 2017) and a prize-winning article on “The Republican Legacy of Italy’s Fascist Ossuaries of the First World War” (Modern Italy, March 2019).
Michael Meng is Associate Professor of History at Clemson University. He is the author of Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland (Harvard University Press, 2011), and co-editor of several volumes including Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland (with Erica Lehrer,Indiana University Press, 2015) and Rebuilding Jewish Life in Germany (with Jay Howard Geller, Rutgers University Press, 2020).
Agnieszka Pasieka is Elisa Richter Research Fellow at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna. Her scholarship brings together anthropological and historical approaches to explore the different ways in which social actors deal with inequality and exclusion. She has conducted a series of ethnographic projects and has taught on religious pluralism, multiculturalism, nationalism, political radicalization and social movements. She is the author of Hierarchy and Pluralism. Living Religious Difference in Catholic Poland (Palgrave, 2015). Her current book project, “Living Right,” is an ethnographic exploration of the phenomenon of “transnational nationalism” and cross-border exchanges among European youth far-right movements.
Adam Reed is a Reader in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. His research in the field of Anthropology and Literature ranges from an ethnographic study of an English literary society to an examination of forms of London knowledge and the exploration of the relationship between animal activism and novel-writing. He has published numerous journal articles from this work as well as a monograph entitled Literature and Agency in English Fiction Reading that features in two book series: New Ethnographies at the University of Manchester Press and Studies in Book and Print Culture at the University of Toronto Press.
Nitzan Shoshan is a political anthropologist whose research has focused on the politics of affect, nationalism, and the far right, especially in Germany and Europe. His prize-winning book The Management of Hate: Nation, Affect, and the Governance of Right-Wing Extremism in Germany (Princeton University Press, 2016), a path-breaking ethnography of young right-wing extremists in East Berlin, is a study of contemporary German nationalism and affective governance. He has published on post-Fordism, urban space, post-socialist memory and nostalgia, the ethics of ethnographic research, and urban marginality in Mexico City, among other topics. He received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago and is a Professor in the Centro de Estudios Sociológicos at El Colegio de México, Mexico City.