Moretti Federica


 federica.jpg (Federica Moretti)           

Doctorante ERC

Religions, migration, arts

Institut de sciences sociales des religions (ISSR)

Office: Anthropole 5096
Email: federica.moretti<at>

Fields of interest:
Art and activism
Italian migrations, imaginaries, returns
Migration and Mobilities studies
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Visual Anthropology

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Presentation (French version below)


Her first research investigated, from a socio-historical perspective, the processes of immigration to Germany and analysed the developments in the migration policies for the second generations.

Then, a desire to adopt a more qualitative approach to delve deeper into the dynamics animating the movement of people drove her into the anthropological studies. Here, she developed a research on the imaginaries of young Italians living in Belgium, aiming at disclosing how both imaginaries and people are – or not – set in motion.

Soon after the master, she engaged in a yearly governmental project on the old and new Italian migration to Switzerland. Within it, a recent bilateral agreement between the Confederation and Italy laid the foundation for a new research. The cognitive/normative tensions characterizing the discourses and actions of the Italian community living in the Swiss Confederation became the focus of the new analysis.

Currently, she is involved in the ERC-ARTIVISM project, investigating artivist actions within carnival and festive events and carnivalesque elements within political demonstrations. Ultimately, the research aims at understanding social transformations generated by artistic activism.


Federica holds a B.A. in Cross-Cultural Communication from the Università degli Studi di Torino (I) and a M.Sc. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (B).

She is currently a PhD student within the ERC-project ARTIVISM: Creativity and Performance as Subversive Forms of Political Expression in Super-diverse cities, led by Prof. Dr. Salzbrunn. 




Federica est titulaire d’un diplôme universitaire en communication interculturelle de l’Università degli Studi di Torino (I) et d’un diplôme de master en anthropologie sociale et culturelle obtenu auprès de la Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (B).

Elle est maintenant engagée dans le projet ERC-ARTIVISM : Creativity and Performance as Subversive Forms of Political Expression in Super-diverse cities, géré par la Prof. Dr. Salzbrunn.


Avant de commencer le projet doctoral sur les formes artistiques d’expression politique, ses recherches ont analysé les processus migratoires en Allemagne et les politiques d’intégration pour les nouvelles générations, les imaginaires italiens et les tensions normatives et cognitives qui animent la communauté italienne résidant en Suisse.