The researcher

My name is Giovanna Cavatorta and I’m a social anthropologist interested in migration, development and humanitarian governamentalities and sex/gender/generation systems.

I hold a Phd in Cultural Anthropology from EHESS – Paris and in Social Sciences from the University of Padua where, in 2014, I’ve defended my thesis on return migration from Italy to Senegal. A monograph has been recently published on this work: “Tornare è tuo dovere. Etnografie, genere e capitali in Senegal“.

In 2015 I’ve started a fieldwork in Djibouti on the abandonment of the so-called FGM/C practices and, since 2016 until 2018, I’ve been a post-doc researcher at the Department of Political Science, Roma Tre University. Here I’ve been project coordinator for the MAP-FGM Project, having co-organised its scientific activities in Italy such as the International Seminar “FGM/C: from Medicine to Critical Anthropology“. The proceedings of this event are here available.

At the University of Roma Tre I’ve also participated as teacher and tutor to the Master degree in Public Anthropology.

Since November 2018, I’m a Marie Sk-Curie post-doc researcher at the Centre Norbert Elias in Marseille where I carry out the INRES research project.