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Short biography

Elisa is a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at SOAS. Currently, Elisa is also a CCKF-ERCCT Research Fellow at the University of Tübingen and a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the department of Anthropology at SOAS for the Social Theory course. While carrying out her doctoral research fieldwork for 18 months in Taiwan, she has been a Visiting Associate in the department of Sociology at Academia Sinica (Taipei). Her PhD thesis interrogates the relations between modernity and practices of everyday life in Asian cities. After the Chinese Civil War, members of the Nationalist army and their families were settled in dedicated villages (juancun) in Taiwan. Against the background of urban renewal, the dwellers of these historical, vernacular villages are now being resettled into modern high-rise apartments. Based on 18 months of fieldwork carried out during the year of the imminent relocation in one of the last military villages in Taipei, her research aims to understand urban renewal as a process of rupture. It asks how three generations of juancun inhabitants cope with relocation and negotiate their personal and collective memories, their sense of belonging and their social and political identities.

Major publications

  • “Uncomfortable remembrance: juancun as a contested memory landscape”. Paper presented at the international conference “Inheriting the City: Advancing Understandings of Urban Heritage” (Iron Bridge International Institute of Cultural Heritage). Taipei, Taiwan, 31 March- 4 April 2016.
  • “Material histories: an architectural semiotic analysis of Taiwan’s military villages”. Paper to be presented at the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS). Venice, Italy, 2-4 March 2017.
  • “Anthropology of Moving House: the re-making of home among the mainlanders’ diaspora in Taiwan”. Paper to be presented at the 13th Congress of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF). Göttingen, Germany, 26-30 March 2017.

Research interests

Elisa's main anthropological interests include urban anthropology, critical theory, anthropology of memory, oral history, materiality, diaspora and post-authoritarianism in the Greater China context. I am interested in carrying out ethnographic research in Taiwan and China and on their respective diasporas elsewhere.

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