Dr Olivia Casagrande

Honorary Research Associate

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My research focus on place-making, memory and imagination. My interests centre on indigenous lived experience and epistemologies, particularly in Chile, exploring the interplay between affectivity, narratives and spatial and political performances.

I am currently Marie Curie Research Fellow at the School of Social Sciences of the University of Manchester and at the Instituto de Estudios Urbanos at the Pontificia Universidad Católica (Chile) with the project MapsUrbe – The Invisible City: Mapuche Mapping of Santiago de Chile (H2020-MSCA-IF-2015, GA707537). Through this project I am exploring performance, theatre and art as practice-based and collaborative ethnographic methodologies.

In 2014 I started collaborating with the Latitude Platform for Urban Research and Design (Brussels), a research organization engaging in multidisciplinary methodologies for the study of urban contexts, further engaging with the multiple dimensions of space and spatial perceptions.

Previuos to that, I studied anthropology at the Universities of Bologna, Venice and Verona in Italy, where I received my PhD in 2014, working on issues of political violence, exile and memory in Southern Chile.



External positions

Directory Board, Latitude Platform for Urban Research and Design

1 Feb 2016 → …

Areas of expertise

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2014 - PhD in Historical and Anthropological Sciences (Doctor Europaeus mention), University of Verona (2011 - 2014)
  • 2009 - MA in Anthropology, Ethnology and Ethnolinguistic (Distinction), Ca' Foscari University of Venice (2006 - 2008)
  • 2006 - BA in Ethno-Anthropological Sciences, Universita Degli Studi Bologna (2002 - 2005)

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