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Doctoral researcher
Spoken languages
English, Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch
Areas of expertise
  • Urban segregation
  • Radical geography
  • Social inequalities
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Informal economy
  • Performance studies



Chiara Feliciani completed her BA in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London and went on to study her MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology at KU Leuven. She has also has acquired different experiences in documentary photography and filmmaking outside of her academic trajectory. Her research for her MA thesis maintained a strong element of visual cultures and critical media studies, focusing on the performance of masculinity through illegal horse races in Sicily. She has experiences on the field in both Sicily and Peru, and her interest lays in exclusion and stigmatisation of communities and their 'informal' economies, ranging from indigenous rural communities to inhabitants of poor urban areas.

As part of the 'Ganglands' subproject of Gangs, Gangsters and Ganglands: Towards a Global Comparative Ethnography, she will be conducting her fieldwork in the townships of post-Apartheid Cape Town, looking at the interplay of stigma, representation and social mobility in the construction of visions of the future in contexts of high unemployment. She hopes, drawing from experiences in the past, to bring in elements of participatory theatre and popular education to her research, as well as the production of audiovisual material.