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Maddalena Tacchetti

Research Associate, Faculty of Social Sciences

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I have joined the School in October 2018 as Research Associate for Professor Dimitris Papadopoulos' UKRI ODA grant of the project Mending the New: A Framework for Reconciliation Through Testimonial Digital Textiles in the Transition to Post-Conflict Colombia. The project is a Newton-Colciencias collaboration aimed at developing a new methodological tool - a digital electrotextile - as a way to research how different Colombian women's textile crafting collectives promote alternative forms of reconciliation and reparation within their communities, which have been among the most affected by the armed conflict in Colombia.

Before joining the School, I have completed a PhD research at the University of Leicester, which aimed to enrich sociological understanding of people looking for a refuge in the UK on the ground of their claimed sexuality by investigating processes of identity construction in their accounts and how these are linked to social practices of settlement and integration in British society. I also hold a BA in Philosophy of Communication at Università degli studi di Parma (Italy) and a research MA in Philosophy of Language and Logic as well as a MA in Linguistics at Radboud Universteit Nijmegen (the Netherlands). During my MAs in Nijmegen, I worked as student assistant at the department of Philosophy of Language and Logic of Radboud University and in several research groups of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen: The Language Archive, Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture, and Comparative Cognitive Anthropology in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (Germany).

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My academic background is rooted at the intersection of Activism, Linguistics, Philosophy of Language and Anthropology. I am interested in organizations operating in multicultural and migration contexts, especially on issues of power, participation and identity. My PhD research was distinctive for the constructivist approach that was developed in light of the linguistic data collected: rather than focusing exclusively on ideological discourses, it looks at communication in everyday interaction to investigate the ways natural communication shapes sexuality and its intersection with other key aspects of identity.

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