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Flavia Cangià
Post Doc Researcher Institute of Psychology and Education, University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland)National Center of Competence in Research NCCR – On the Move


Flavia Cangià is Post Doc Researcher at the Institute of Psychology and Education of the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) collaborating on a project on families in repeated geographical mobility as part of the National Center of Competence in Research NCCR – On the Move. She has conducted ethnographic and qualitative research in various contexts (Japan, Malaysia, Italy, Switzerland), and she is interested in migration and mobility, work transitions, imagination, sociocultural diversity, emotions, precarity, childhood and youth.​

NCCR – on the move | National Center of Competence in Research – The Migration-Mobility Nexus |

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Ariel Cascio
Postdoctoral researcher Institut de recherches cliniques de MontréalPragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit



Ariel Cascio is trained as an anthropologist and currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in pragmatic health ethics. Her research focuses on social issues related to autism spectrum conditions, especially identity, subjectivity, and biopolitics. She has conducted research on these issues in Italy, France, Germany, the US, and Canada. Dr. Cascio is currently based in North America, but she choosed to join the ENPA because most of her research has taken place in Europe (Italy, mostly).

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Julia Cassaniti
Associate Professor of Psychological and Medical Anthropology, Washington State University Visiting Associate Professor – Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University


Julia Cassaniti studies the psychology of mental health and religious culture in and across transnational Southeast Asia, with an ethnographic focus on Theravada Buddhist practice in Thailand. She is especially interested in processes of mental categorization, and the ways that people construct reality through shared categorical engagements, along with the implications these have for health and well-being. Her projects include a long-term study of change through the Pali concept of impermanence in Northern Thailand; a comparative ethnography of mindfulness’ global circulations across Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar; and an analysis of ghosts, affect, and the supernatural agency of interpersonal energies in Southeast Asia. New research will examine the cross-cultural psychology of cognitive heuristics involving attention and perception, along with continued work on social patterns and reality-construction. Dr. Cassaniti is the author of Living Buddhism: Mind, Self and Emotion in a Thai Community (Cornell U. Press, 2015); Remembering the Present: Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia (Cornell U. Press, 2018); and Universalism Without Uniformity: Explorations in Mind and Culture (U. Chicago Press, 2017).

Remembering the Present: Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia (2018) and Living Buddhism: Mind, Self and Emotion in a Thai Community (2015) are available at here. Universalism Without Uniformity: Explorations in Mind and Culture (2017) can be found here.

A recent podcast on Remembering the Present is now available here.

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Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo
Sociocultural anthropologist Humboldt University BerlinInstitute of Asian and African Studies



Rosa Cordillera Castillo is a Filipina sociocultural anthropologist. Her dissertation (2017, FU Berlin), an ethnography of Maguindanaon adherents of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Southern Philippines, explores the workings of imagination in the formation of subjectivities and in the (un)making of the Bangsamoro imagined community by giving attention to imagination’s links with memory, temporality, emotions, and action. Her current research among Filipino supporters of Rodrigo Duterte, Alternative für Deutschland, and Donald Trump in the Philippines, Germany, and the United States respectively, looks at how social categories are conceptualized, discussed, and deployed by these Filipinos in their understandings of, and stances towards, certain pressing issues in the Philippines and in their countries of residence abroad.


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Tirthankar Chakraborty
Doctoral researcher Freie Universität BerlinInstitute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Tirthankar is pursuing Dr. phil. in Anthropology at the Freie Universität, Berlin theorizing the institutionalisation of fear in a democracy to create a subservient citizenry, using the analytical framework of political affect. He has an MA in English and an MA in South Asian Studies (specializing in Anthropology and Politics). At Heidelberg (Germany), he devised a survey and intervention to address sexual harassment and assault at the university space. He has worked with suppressed groups across rural and urban India for over five years through research, advocacy and rights-based empowerment.

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Liana Chase
Doctoral candidate SOAS University of LondonAnthropology



Liana Chase is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at SOAS University of London and hold a M.Sc. in social and transcultural psychiatry from McGill University. Her research is situated at the intersection of anthropology and psychiatry, engaging ethnographic methods to generate insights into processes of suffering, healing, and care in humanitarian settings. Her current research looks at the post-earthquake mental health response in Nepal.

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Yu-Chun Chen
PhD candidate, Social-Anthropology Centre for Research in Evolutionary, Social and Inter-Disciplinary AnthropologyDepartment of Life Sciences, University of Roehampton


Yu-Chun Chen embarks on a PhD program in social anthropology at the University of Roehampton, with a project of ‘Become and becoming a dancer: the ethnography of the Taipei Dance Circle’. Before this PhD degree, she studied Sociology for eight years in the Universities in Taiwan. She was also an editor for Renlai Monthly magazine from 2010 to 2013 which concerning on the cultural, social and spiritual issues in Asia and throughout the world. |

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Dimitri Chubinidze
Ph.D. Department Head Scientific Research & Development Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, GeorgiaFaculty of Psychology & Educational Sciences



Dimitri Chubinidze received his Ph.D. in psychological anthropology from Tbilisi State University (“Georgian Proverbs & Cultural Models of Adaptive Behavior, 2018).  During his dissertation project, D. Chubinidze was trained in psychological anthropology at Emory University and UC San Diego.

Dimitri Chubinidze’s research interests include the study of theoretical and methodological issues of cultural cognition with a central focus on cultural models of person and action, ritualized behavior, problem-solving and adaptive behavior strategies, metaphorical reasoning, meaning-making, theory of mind, psychology of set (Einstellung) and extrospection.

He teaches courses on Intro to Anthropology, Psychological Anthropology, Cultural Cognition, Cognitive Psychology, Attitude Theory, Social and Evolutionary Psychology.

Currently, Dimitri Chubinidze is the head of the Scientific Research & Development Department at the faculty of psychology & educational sciences, TSU; Invited lecturer at Tbilisi State University, Free university of Tbilisi and Agricultural University of Georgia; member of the working group Study of Psychological Set & Attitude Correction at Tbilisi State Medical University and the executive manager of the international Georgian Psychological Journal.

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Tiffany Cone
Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology Zayed University Abu Dhabi, UAECollege of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Tiffany Cone is an anthropologist and filmmaker from New Zealand with experience conducting research and producing documentaries in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific. Her primary research areas are psychological anthropology, visual anthropology and pedagogy in higher education. Her research in psychological anthropology focuses on cross-cultural understandings of consciousness, subjectivity and the self. Dr. Cone is currently exploring how Eastern process philosophy (specifically Buddhism and Daoism) could impact understandings of consciousness within psychological anthropology.

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Jessica Cooper
Lecturer School of Social and Political Science, University of EdinburghDepartment of Social Anthropology


Jessica Cooper is a psychological, medical, and political anthropologist who is interested in the connections among care, ethics, and justice. Her current research is set in sites of criminal justice reform, mental health clinics, and homeless encampments in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she explores emergent ethics in relationships between staff and clients. Jessica’s research and teaching engage questions of affect, care, and ethics; madness, psychoanalysis, and critical psychiatry; liberalism, punishment, and the state; critical theory; and ethnographic methods and modes of representation.


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Florin Cristea
PhD candidate, Student Assistant Freie Universität BerlinDepartment of Social and Cultural Anthropology


Florin Cristea is a PhD candidate at the Insitute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin. His current research combines methods and epistemologies stemming from psychological and medical anthropology and focuses on the emotional dimension of mental illnesses. In his previous work he surveyed diagnostic uncertainty and clinical experience. He has conducted a six-month research in a psycho-social reintegration center in Romania, and a three-month research in a mental hospital in Tanga, Tanzania. He is a member of the working group Psychological Anthropology of the German Association of Social and Cultural Anthropology.