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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion


Dr Giuseppe Bolotta, PhD in Anthropology

PDRA in Catholic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religion

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I am Assistant Professor (Research) in Anthropology at the Department of Theology and Religion’s Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS) of Durham University (UK), having previously held postdoctoral positions at the University College Dublin (Ireland) and at the National University of Singapore. 

I'm a socio-cultural anthropologist and psychologist, specialised in the political anthropology of childhood, religion, and development. I have conducted extensive research on marginalised children, Catholic and Buddhist faith-based organisations, and the moral economy of humanitarian aid in West Africa and Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Thailand.

I am co-editor of the Special Focus (2017) “Independent Children” with Antropologia, co-editor of Political Theologies and Development in Asia: Transcendence, Sacrifice and Aspiration (Forthcoming, Manchester University Press), and author of several articles and book chapters on religion, humanitarianism, selfhood, and the cultural politics of childhood.

While in Durham, I am co-investigator on the CCS’s Boundary Breaking Project, a three-year research project investigating the cultural-ecclesial dimensions of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Chruch.

International Collaboration

  • Asia Research Institute's Religion and Globalisation Cluster, National University of Singapore
  • CRISEA (Competiing Regional Integrations in Southeast Asia), EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.
  • European Association for Southeast Asian Studies
  • European Association of Social Anthropologists
  • European Network for Psychological Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Anthropology of Childhood
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Anthropology of Catholicism
  • Political Anthropology of Development
  • Anthropology of Humanitarianism
  • Psychological Anthropology
  • Thailand, Sierra Leone, UK

Selected Publications

Edited book

Chapter in book

Journal Article

Edited Journal

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