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PIETRO VERENI

 

 


Venice, Italy, 24.06.1963




E-mail:

piero.vereni@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifications

1998: Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Dissertation title: Diaforentità. Il duplice confine dell’individuo e dello stato in Macedonia occidentale greca (Diaforentity. The Twofold Border of Individual and Nation-State in Western Greek Macedonia).

February – June 1994: Postgraduate Summer School of Social Anthropology at the University of Aegean (Panepistimio Aigaiou) of Mytilini (Lesvos, Greece).

1992: Degree in Humanities with major in Cultural Anthropology, University “La Sapienza” of Rome. Obtained a first class degree with distinction (110/110 cum laude). Thesis title: Parla come mangi. Antropologia, linguistica, gastronomia (Eat as you talk: Anthropology, Linguistics, Gastronomy).

1982: High school diploma (Maturità di liceo classico), Cavanis Institute of Venice.

 

Teaching Experience at Tertiary Level

From Academic Year 2008-2009 to present: Member of the Collegio di Dottorato (Doctoral Board) Of the University of Roma “Tor Vergata”: Political and Social History of Modern and Contemporary Europe.

From Academic Year 2008-2009 to present: Contract professor of Urban & Global Rome at Trinity College Rome Campus.

From Academic Year 2008-2009 to present: Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Faculty of Humanities.

Academic Year 2007-2008: Contract professor in Sociology of ethnic relationships at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Faculty of Arabic-Islamic and Mediterranean Studies.

Academic Year 2007-2008: Contract professor in Cultural Anthropology at Università degli Studi di Teramo, Faculty of Communication Studies.

Academic Year 2007-2008: Contract professor in Social Anthropology at Università della Calabria (Rende), Faculty of Humanities.

Academic Year 2007-2008: Contract professor in History of Material Culture at Università della Calabria (Rende), Faculty of Humanities..

March 2007: Contract professor in Interculturality at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Faculty of Arabic-Islamic and Mediterranean Studies.

Academic Years 2005-2006 and 2006-2007: Contract Professor in Anthropology of Institutions at the University of Florence (Polo di Prato), Faculty Music, Arts, and Textiles (ProSMArT).

Academic Year 2004-2005: Contract Professor in Anthropology of Europe at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Faculty of Theories and Practices of Anthropology.

Academic Years 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006: Contract Professor in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Florence, Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy..

June 2003: Professor of Anthropology of Borders at the Master “Politiche dell’incontro e mediazione culturale. Pratica dei saperi e dei diritti per una nuova cittadinanza in contesto migratorio”, at the University Roma3, Rome.

Academic Year 2003-2004: Contract Professor in Ethnology at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Faculty of Arabic-Islamic and Mediterranean Studies.

April 2000: Gave a lecture on “Re-shaping identities among Macedonians of western Greek Macedonia during the 1990s” at the summer school on “Divided Societies” organised in Dubrovnik (Croatia) by the Inter-University Centre.

Academic Year 1999-2000: Contract Professor in Social Anthropology at Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis – Fakulteta za Podiplomski HumanistiËni Študij, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Academic Year 1999-2000: Contract Professor in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Venice, Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy.

May 1998: Held two seminars at the University of Venice as part of professor Stuart Woolf’s advanced history research seminar, on the subject: The construction of ethnic and national identity among Macedonians in the border area of Western Greek Macedonia.

March 1998: Gave a lecture on Nationalism as narration: the Greek-Macedonian case at the University of Zagreb (Croatia).

May 1997: Gave two lectures on The «Macedonian Question» as a case of politicisation of cultural boundaries (1870-1950) in Prof. Stuart Woolf’s undergraduate history course “Comparative Nationalism in Europe” at the University of Venice.

April 1994: Appointed by “assessorato alla cultura della IX Comunità montana del Lazio” to contribute to a refresh course for high school teachers on “Agriculture, food and traditional medicine”. Gave a series of lectures on “Food habits and national identity: some example from the Italian case study”.

 

Professional and Research Activities

October 2008 to present: Researcher in Cultural Anthropology at the Department of Arts and Music of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”.

January 2007 to September 2008: Contract researcher (four year contract) in History of Material Culture at the Department of Archeology and History of Arts of Università della Calabria (Rende), Faculty of Humanities.

January 2006 to December 2006: Research Assistant in History of Material Culture at the Department of Archeology and History of Arts of Università della Calabria (Rende), Faculty of Humanities.

February 2003 to February 2004: Research Assistant in History of Material Culture at the Department of Archeology and History of Arts of Università della Calabria (Rende), Faculty of Humanities.

September 2000 to June 2002: Editor in chief of the editorial staff of the Publishing house Meltemi editore, Rome, specialised in social sciences. This involved the regular reading and selection of manuscripts for publication, working on final editions of articles and books, mostly of anthropological, sociological and linguistic subject.

May 1999 to September 1999: Research Assistant at the Department of Modern History of the University of Venice (Italy) for work on a project headed by professor Stuart Woolf (Contemporary History) and funded by MURST (Ministero per l’Università e la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica) which investigates the processes of formation of national identities in Europe. My own research focused n the relation between national identity and kinship along the border area of western Greek Macedonia in the twentieth century. In order to gather the relevant data, I undertook a three-month fieldwork in the area, collecting life histories and genealogies across the border between western Greek Macedonia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

October 1998 to May 1999: Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, Queen’s University of Belfast. The research project investigated the social cultural construction of social exclusion in peripheral Europe. Doing fieldwork on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, my main duties were: to analyse the literature on borders and social exclusion in Ireland; to interview those who are responsible for producing such literature in order to identify the model of border and social exclusion held by those in positions to formulate policy; to undertake ethnographic observation and interview a number of people living in the border area who are likely targets of that policy. In tandem I have collected interviews about the Irish land border and the ways it lays a role in everyday life for those living along it.

June 1995 to February 1997: Spent 20 months in Northern Greece (Thessaloniki and the villages in the Florina District, western Greek Macedonia) doing fieldwork for my Ph.D. project on the role of political borders in the construction of national, ethnic and personal identities.

October 1994 to present: Free lance translator into Italian. Among the others, I have translated essays and/or books of the following authors: Marvin Harris, Roy Rappaport, Clifford Geertz, Adam Kuper, Hastings Donnan, Dunja Rihtman Augustin, Slavoj Zizek, Arjun Appadurai, Michael Herzfeld.

June 1994 to June 1997: Member of the editorial staff and then Editor in Chief of the periodical Il Mondo3. Rivista di teoria delle scienze umane e sociali. This involved the regular reading and selection of papers for publication, working on final editions of articles, writing reviews and critiques, and providing translations of articles into Italian from English, French and Modern Greek.

1989 to 1992: Worked with Prof. Mario Bertini and Prof. Cristiano Violani (Heads of Psychophysiology - Faculty of Psychology - University “La Sapienza” of Rome) on the elaboration of a semantic model of oneiric production, with emphasis on psycholinguistic analysis of dream reports and the relationship between psycholinguistic features of dream reports and subjective and polysomniographic sleep characteristics.

 

 

Publications:

 

1989 to present: Participated and presented papers in various conferences and study sessions in Italy and abroad, amongst which:

Trieste 25-28 Sept. 1989. VIII Congresso Naz. della Div. Ricerca di Base in Psicologia.

London, July 25-29, 1989. Sixth Int. Conference of the Ass. for the Study of Dreams.

Strasbourg May 20-25, 1990. 10th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society.

Budapest 9-13 July, 1990. Vth International Congress of Psychophysiology.

Bologna 26-29 Sept. 1990. IX Congresso Naz. della Div. Ricerca di Base in Psicologia.

Sofia 29-31 August 1996. International conference on “Ideology and Balkan Anthropology” organised by the Association for Balkan Anthropology.

September 1997. Presented a paper at the Seminar on “Ethnicity and Race in Europe and the non-European World” at the European Graduate School for Training in Economic and Social Historical Research, University of Essex (Colchester, UK). Paper title: History and personal memory as sources of national and ethnic identity.

September 1998. Presented two papers at the annual EASA (European Association of Social Anthropology) Conference in Frankfurt on the following subjects: When People Write their ‘own’ Ethnographies: Primary Literature among Slavonic-Speakers in Greek Macedonia (Panel on “The Futures of Ethnography: Visions from ‘The Field’”); The twofold Border of Persons and Nation-State in Western Greek Macedonia (Panel: “Liminal no more: Toward an anthropology of the border”).

September 1998. Presented a paper at the University of Wales, Lampeter and Swansea, for the Symposium on “Negotiating Boundaries: The Past in the Present in South-Eastern Europe”. Paper title: What is to be done with a Deep and Sharp Wound? The Borders of the Nation-State Between Institutional Amnesia and Strategies of Local Recall in Western Greek Macedonia.

December 1999. Presented a paper at the University of Perugia, for the Symposium on “Nationalism and Ethnicity. Anthropological and Historical Perspectives”. Paper title: The Ingredients of Macedonian Identity.

November 2000. Presented a paper at the University of Turin, for the Symposium on “Nationalism and Nationalists in South-Eastern Europe”. Paper title: After the Nation: Emerging Forms of Belonging among Macedonians in Western Greek Macedonia.

February 2001. Rome. Presented a paper at the University of Rome ‘Roma Tre’, for the International Symposium on “La società di tutti. Multiculturalismo e nuove identità”. Paper title: The ethnicization of identitites in western Greek Macedonia (1985-1999).

January 2003. Rome. Presented a paper (with two colleagues) at the VII National Congress of the Italian Association of Anthropology (Associazione Italiana per le Scienze Etno-Antropologiche) on: “The Kurds of Rome: ethics, theory and applied anthropology”.

January 2004. Venice. Presented a paper at the International Conference “Borders. Multimedia research on borders today” on: “The sign of Hermes. National borders and collective identities”.

September 2005. Florence. Invited key note at the international conference “The dialects of the tribe”, organized by the Réseau Européen de Littérature Comparée/European Network of Comparative Literature, on “Does it exist a European identity?”.

August 2008. Ljubljana (Slovenia). Presented a paper at the biennual conference of EASA (European Association of Social Anthropology), on “Forgetting and remembering new Albanian identities through Italian media”.

November 2009. Presented a paper at XII edition of Tertio Millennio Film Fest - La Storia dopo il cinema. Percezione, senso, azione nel mondo visto - Rome, 24- 25 November 2009 on “National fiction. Refractions of Chinese identity through the prism of TV narration”.

August 2010. Presented a paper at EASA (European Association of Social Anthropology) Biennual Conference at Mynooth (Irelanda). Paper title: “Diversly globalized Rome. Criticizing the global city theory through a visual representation of the cultural dimensions of globalization”.

November 2010. Presented a paper at the Conference Contemporary Rome: Changing Faces of the Eternal City, held at the American University of Rome. Paper title: “Diversly Globalized Rome”.

March 2011. Presented a paper at the conference La comunicazione costruisce la nazione, Bologna 24-26 marzo 2011. Paper title: “The national nobody in Italian media”.

May 2011. Presented a paper at Sensibilia 5. Colloquium on Perception and Experience held in Villa Mondragone (Monte Porzio Catone). Paper title: “Onore e vergogna nel dibattito antropologico: etnografie, teorie e decostruzioni di una gendered opposition”.

 

Main Publications

Casagrande M., Vereni P., Violani C., & Bertini M. (1989): “Bidimensionality of thought: validation of a psychometric scale for the linguistic analysis of dream reports”. Sixth Annual International Conference of the Association for the Study of Dreams, University of London, London, England, July 25-29, 1989, summary p.6.

Casagrande M., Vereni P., Violani C., Lucidi F. & Bertini M. (1990): “Validity of two sets of linguistics measures for assessing dream reports: preliminary data”. Sleep Research, 19: 132.

Casagrande M., Violani C., Lucidi F., Vereni P. & Bertini M. (1990): “Relationships among sleep characteristics and two psycholinguistic measures of dream reports”. Paper presented at the 5th Meeting of the International Organization of Psychophysiology, Budapest, 1990 (abstract p. 44).

Casagrande M., Bertini M., Violani C., Vereni P. & Lucidi F. (1990): “A linguistic analysis of dream reports based on a cognitive psycholinguistic model of dreams production”. Paper presented at the 10th European Congress of Sleep Research, Strasbourg, 1990. (abstract p.200).

Casagrande M., Vereni P., Violani C., Lucidi F. & Bertini M. (1990): “A linguistic analysis of dream reports based on a cognitive psycholinguistic model of dreams production”, in J. Horne (ed.) Sleep ‘90, Pontenagel Press, Bochum, pp. 87-89.

Vereni P., (1993): “L’evoluzione del pensiero di Marvin Harris. Note sul materialismo culturale” [The rise of Harrisian theory: notes on Cultural Materialism], L’Uomo. Società tradizione sviluppo, vol. VI n.s. - nn. 1/2: 267-289.

Vereni P., (1994): “Intervento sull’antropologia dei confini” [Comment on anthropology of borders], Ossimori, 4 (I semestre): 31-33.

Vereni P. (1994): “Il vocabolario degli antropologi. Alcune idee sull’etnicità” [The vocabulary of anthropologists: some reflections on ethnicity], Il Mondo3, I,2: 112-130.

Vereni. P. (1995) “Lo sviluppo fallito: per una lettura antropologica dell’autobiografia ‘Il Salumificio’ di E. Mileo” [The unsuccessful development: towards an anthropological interpretation of the autobiography ‘Il Salumificio’ by E. Mileo], in F. Mangiameli (ed.), La scrittura popolare. Quaderni del dottorato I, Università “la Sapienza” di Roma, Roma: 147-183.

Vereni P. (1996): “Boundaries, Frontiers, Persons, Individuals: Questioning ‘Identity’ at National Borders”, Europaea, 2,1: 77-89.

Vereni P. (1996): “Introduzione” to the Italian translation of “Culture, Identity, and the Project of a Cosmopolitan Anthropology”, by Adam Kuper, Il Mondo 3 edizioni, Roma, pp. 5-16.

Vereni P. (2000): “Os Ellin Makedonas. Autobiography, Memory and National Identity in Western Greek Macedonia”, in Jane Cowan (ed.), Macedonia. The Politics of Identity and Difference, London, Pluto Press, pp. 47-67.

Vereni P. (2001): “Il paradosso nazionale in un’autobiografia di confine” [National paradox in a border autobiography], in A. Iuso (ed.), Vite di carta, Napoli, L’Ancora del Mediterrraneo.

Vereni P. (2001): “Il discorso nazionale e le voci del confine: il caso greco-macedone e quello irlandese a confronto” [National Discourse and border voices: a comparison between the Greek-Macedonian and the Irish case studies], in A. Pitassio (ed.), L’intreccio perverso. Costruzione di identità nazionali e nazionalismi xenofobi nell’Europa Sud-orientale, Perugia, Morlacchi, pp. 177-212.

Vereni P. (2001): “Wir Sind einfach Griechen - wir sind keine Griechen - wir wissen nicht, wer wir sind. Die Neuformulierung von Identitäten unter Makedoniern im westlichen griechisch Makedonien nach 1990”, in Ulf Brunnbauer (a cura), Umstrittene Identitäten. Ethnizität und Nationalität in Südosteuropa, Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang.

Vereni P., (2002): “Dopo l’identità.Appartenenenza etno-nazionale in Macedonia greca (1985-1999)” [After identity: ethno-national belonging in Greek Macedonia (1985-1999)”, Passato/Presente, vol.XX, n. 55, pp. 81-108..

Vereni P., (2004), Vite di confine. Etnicità e nazionalismo nella Macedonia occidentale greca [Lives on the border. Ethnicity and Nationalism in Western Greek Macedonia], Roma, Meltemi, 240 p.

Vereni P., (2005), “La soapizzazione dell’anima” [The soul is a soap opera], in AA.VV., Best off. Il meglio delle riviste letterarie italiane. Edizione 2005, Roma, minimum fax, 2005, pp. 99-106.

Vereni P., editor, (2005), Sicuri da morire. La violenza etnica nell’epoca della globalizzazione, by A. Appadurai, Roma, Meltemi, 189 p.

Vereni P., (2005), “Il pericolo della purezza: Appadurai e la violenza etnica” [The Danger of Purity: Appadurai and ethnic violence], in A. Appadurai, Sicuri da morire. La violenza nell’epoca della globalizzazione, Roma, Meltemi, pp. 173-184.

Vereni P., editor, (2005), Matthew Hibberd, Il grande viaggio della BBC. Dagli anni Venti all’era digitale, Roma, Rai-Eri, 409 p.

Vereni P., (2005), “Il pensiero confinante / The Bordering Thought”, in Borders. Ricerca multimediale sui confini oggi / Multimedial Research into Frontiers Today, Venezia, Patagonia art, pp. 52-56.

Vereni P., (2007), “Identità comunitaria” [Community Identity], in Marcello Flores, Tania Groppi e Riccardo Pisillo Mazzeschi (a cura di), Diritti umani. Cultura dei diritti e dignità della persona nell’epoca della globalizzazione. Dizionario ii H-W, Torino, Utet, pp. 710-716.

Vereni P., (2007), “Pastori e pinocchi, balordi e ballerini. Il mutamento dell’immagine degli albanesi nei mezzi di comunicazione italiani (1997-2006)” [Shepherds and Pinocchios, Dolts and Dancers. The Changing Image of Albanians in Italian mass media (1997-2006)], Achab. Rivista di antropologia, IV, 11, ottobre 2007, pp. 47-58.

Vereni P., (2008), Identità catodiche. Rappresentazioni mediatiche di appartenenze collettive [Teleidentities. Media Representations of Collective Belongings], Roma, Meltemi, 168 p.

Vereni P., (2008), “A Sud della fiction. L’immagine del Meridione italiano nella narrativa televisiva (1988-2007)” [South of Fiction. The Image of Southern Italy in television dramas], Meridiana, LXI (1), pp. 29-50.

Vereni P., (2009), “Media”, AM/Antropologia museale, anno 8, numero 22, speciale 2009, pp. 75-77.

Vereni P., editor, (2009), Passato identità politica. La storia e i suoi documenti tra appartenenze e uso pubblico [Past Identity Politics. History and its Documents between Belonging and Public Use] Roma, Meltemi, 96 p.

Vereni P., (2009), “Introduzione” [Introduction], in P. Vereni, a cura di, 2009, Passato identità politica. La storia e i suoi documenti tra appartenenze e uso pubblico, Roma, Meltemi, pp. 7-11.

Vereni P., (2009), “Il potere è passato. Riflessioni antropologiche sull’uso politico della storia” [Power Gone Past. Anthropological Reflections on the Political Usage of History], in P. Vereni, a cura di, 2009, Passato identità politica. La storia e i suoi documenti tra appartenenze e uso pubblico, Roma, Meltemi, pp. 81-95.

Vereni P. (2009), “Blogging Lévi-Strauss”, AM/Antropologia museale, anno 8, 23/24, pp. 61-63.

Truglia N., Vereni P., (2009), “Appiglio e zavorra. Per un’antropologia di quel che succede”, AM/Antropologia museale, anno 8, 23/24, pp. 86-87.

Vereni P. (2009), “Fieldwork a Pandora. Riflessioni sulle audience globali e la perdita del punto di vista del nativo”, AM/Antropologia museale, anno 8, 23/24, pp. 7-18.

Vereni P. (2010), “Fieldwork in Pandora. What does Anthropology have to do with a Blockbuster?”, Paradigmata. Zeitschrift für Menschen und Diskurse, 1, Juni, pp. 113-115.

Vereni P., (2010), “La finzione nazionale. La rifrazione dell’identità cinese nel prisma della narrazione televisiva”, in Silvio Grasselli e Serafino Murri (a cura di), La realtà dopo il cinema. Percezione, senso, azione nel mondo visto, Roma, Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo, pp. 71-82.

Broccolini A., Vereni P., (2010), “Giovani ‘etnografi sperimentali’”, AM/Antropologia museale, anno 9, 25/26, pp. LIII-LVI.

 

Referees

Professor Hastings Donnan, School of Anthropology and History, The Queen’s University of Belfast

Professor Michael Herzfeld, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University

Professor Stuart Woolf, Università di Venezia – Dipartimento di Studi Storici