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Research areas

I work interdisciplinary across the fields of cultural and medical anthropology, phenomenology of the body and illness, performing arts, dance and cognition in skilled performance. My research addresses notions of agency, presence and embodiment in different performative practices and cultural contexts. 

I have been awarded Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Science at Macquarie University, Sydney (2020); I graduated M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at the University of Bologna, Italy (2012), and B.A. in Visual Arts at the University Paris 1 – Pantheon-Sorbonne, France (2009), after I trained professionally in ballet and contemporary dance across Europe for several years, working and studying with international choreographers such as William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Angelin Preljocaj, Carolyn Carlson; among many others.

My work has been showcased internationally and received several acknowledgements including the 2019 CHASS Australia Prize for a Student in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and the 2018 Visual and Creative Ethnography Competition organised by the Australian Anthropological Society (AAS) and Australian Network of Student Anthropologists (ANSA) awarded to my short film ABISSO (2018). My visual works have been presented at international film festivals including Dance Cinema, [C]Screen-Spring Dancefilm Festival 2020, Moving Images International videodance festival 2020, IntimateLens 2019.

Students Supervision

I welcome graduate and post-graduate students who are planning to work on projects related to the moving body, illness, health, cultural and medical anthropology, dance and performance studies, enthnographic, auto-ethnographic and visual methods, and research-creation. 

Research interests

Phenomenology of the body

Illness experience

Dance and Performance

Cognitive Ecology

Ethnographic and Auto-ethnographic Methods



Education/Academic qualification

Cognitive Science, PhD, Macquarie University

Nov 2013Nov 2019

Award Date: 16. Apr 2020

Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Master of Arts, University of Bologna

Oct 2010Nov 2012

Award Date: 20. Nov 2012

Visual Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Sep 2008Oct 2009

Award Date: 2. Nov 2009

Research areas

  • Anthropological Methods
  • Ethnography
  • Auto-ethnography
  • Participant Observation
  • Cultural Forms of Expression
  • Dance
  • Movement Practices
  • Phenomenology
  • Phenomenology of the Body
  • Phenomenology of Illness
  • Philosophy and Cognition
  • Cognitive Ethnography
  • Cognitive Ecology
  • Performance
  • Performing Arts


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