I am a social anthropologist focusing on the politics of multiculturalism in North Africa and Southern Europe, with particular interest in the Spanish Enclaves of Morocco (Ceuta and Melilla) and Malta. Currently I am pursuing my interest in social conflict and resolution by doing ethnographic and multidisciplinary research on the politics of conservation and the destructive conflict between hunters and NGOs in Malta.
To be interested in Mediterranean cosmopolitanism, of course, implies attention to a broad range of topics ranging from the macro-processes of migration, border-making, national identity, public spectacle and political memory to the more intimate dimensions of kinship, mixed marriages, naming, trust, informal economic relations, carnival, hospitality, nostalgia and conflict resolution.
I have undergone solid training in Social Anthropology and the social sciences. I obtained a BA in Anthropology and Geography from the University of Malta in 2009. One year later, I received my MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Kent. Following that, I was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology by the University of Kent in 2013. Funded by the RAI Emslie Horniman Research Grant, my doctoral project explored how the inhabitants of the Spanish enclave of Ceuta were using the notion of convivencia (cohabitation) to revise strongly held models of Spanish national identity and manage the mounting ethno-religious tensions in the face of intense economic recession.