Dr Giuseppe Bolotta, PhD in Anthropology
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.
- 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
- Anthropology of Childhood
- Anthropology of Religion
- Anthropology of Catholicism
- Political Anthropology of Development
- Anthropology of Humanitarianism
- Psychological Anthropology
- Thailand, Sierra Leone, UK
- Bolotta, Giuseppe, Fountain, Philip & Feener, R. Michael (Accepted). Political theologies and development in Asia: Transcendence, sacrifice and aspiration. Manchester University Press.
- Bolotta, Giuseppe, Boone, Damien, Chicarro, Gladys, Collomb, Natacha Dussy, Dorothee & Sarcinelli, A. Sophie (2017). A quelle discipline appartiennent les enfants? Croisements, echanges et reconfigurations de la recherche autour de l'enfance [Which Discipline Do Children Belong to? Crossroads in Research on Childhood]. Construction des savoirs. Les Editions la Discussion.
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- Bolotta, Giuseppe (2019). Making Sense of (Humanitarian) Emotions in an Ethnography of Vulnerable Children: The Case of Bangkok Slum Children. In Affective Dimensions of Fieldwork and Ethnography. 29-48.
- Bolotta, Giuseppe (2018). “Development Missionaries” in the Slums of Bangkok: From the Thaification to the De-Thaification of Catholicism. In The Mission of Development. 135-164.
- Bolotta, Giuseppe (2017). Playing the NGO System: How Mothers and Children Design Political Change in the Slums of Bangkok. In Dreams of Prosperity: Inequality and Integration in Southeast Asia. Vignato, Silvia Silkworm Books. 203-234.
- Bolotta, Giuseppe (2017). The Good Child's Duties: Childhood in Militarized Thailand. In The Blooming Years: Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia. Pavin Chachavalpongpun Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University. 551-556.
- Bolotta, Giuseppe, Scheer, Catherine & Feener, R. Michael (2019). Translating religion and development: Emerging perspectives from critical ethnographies of faith-based organizations. Progress in Development Studies 19(4): 243.
- Bolotta, Giuseppe (2017). "God's beloved sons": Religion, attachment, and children's self-formation in the slums of Bangkok. Antropologia 4(2): 95-120.
- Bolotta, Giuseppe & Vignato, Silvia (2017). Introduction: Independent Children and Their Fields of Relatedness. Antropologia 4(2): 7-23.
- Bolotta, Giuseppe (2014). Moving within Urban Hierarchical Spaces: Children's Trajectories in the Urban Scenario of Bangkok, Thailand. Antropologia 1(1): 105-125.
- Bolotta, Giuseppe & Vignato, Silvia (2017). Independent Children. Antropologia, 4 (2).