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Osvaldo Costantini

Short bio
Osvaldo Costantini was born in Napoli in 1985. He is a graduate in Cultural Anthropology at Sapienza – University of Rome, with an interest in migratory narratives and daily practices among Eritrean Refugees in Rome. He obtained a Ph.D from Sapienza - University of Rome, where he carried a research among Eritrean and Ethiopian Pentecostals in Rome. His focus was on the ways in which Pentecostal language allows people to confront the difficulties and the uncertainties of their lives within a new context and the relationship between conversion to Pentecostalism and the political past of the two countries. His main research interests are in the fields of Migration, Religion, Pentecostalism, Horn of Africa Studies, Religious cure, refugee studies, Witchcraft and Traditional medicine. He worked as cultural mediator with a reception center in Southern Sicily for 11 months, and in the last 6 months he was working as consultant for IOM (International Organization for Migration) and as translator, guide and consultant for an US NGO (The American Team for Displaced Eritreans) in a short survey in Eastern Sicily. He joined ISR’s research team in December 2016 as visiting researcher. His short project is about surveying all the institutions, NGO, associations, religious congregations (both Italian and diasporic) that work in Trento area in the field of migration.
Publications

2012: “quando sono partito io”. Memoria individuale e memoria collettiva nei racconti di viaggio dei rifugiati eritrei (“When I began my journey”. Individual and collective memories in the travel tales of Eritrean refugees), Archivio Antropologico del Mediterraneo, XV, 14 (2), pp. 43-54.

2013: Rifugiati politici eritrei a Roma. Retoriche del trauma, discorso umanitario e strategie quotidiane di rappresentazione (Eritrean political refugees in Rome. Trauma rhetoric, humanitarian discourse and daily strategies of representation), AM (Rivista della Società Italiana di Antropologia Medica), n. 35-36, pp. 129-150.

2015:  An informal way to social protection, in Narendra D., Bondla J., Smidt W., Furusaki Y., Ayele B. (a cura di), Cultural Landscapes of Ethiopia: Conference Proceedings, Mekelle University Printing Press, Mekelle 2015,  pp. 176 – 187.

2015b: Costantini O., Massa A., “And now I am Eritrean”. Mobilization Strategies and Multiple Sense of Belonging between Local Complexity and Global Immobility, in Gotz I., GutenkustM., Hackl A., Leoncini S. & J. Schwarz (eds.), Bounded Mobilities. Ethnographical Perspectives on Social hierarchies and Global Inequalities, Trascript, Forthcoming.

2015c: Le radici storico-culturali della diaspora Eritrea (Historical and Cultural Roots of Eritrean Diaspora), Scienza e Pace, Vol. VI.

2015d: “I have not mental problems: I believe in Jesus Christ”. Malattia mentale, certificati e status di rifugiato: il caso di un richiedente asilo eritreo pentecostale, inAM. Rivista Italiana della Società di Antropologia Medica, n. 37, pp.357-374.

2016, Mobility and its malcontents. Pentecostali eritrei tra asilo politico, viaggi e (im)mobilità, in Studi e Materiali di Storia delle Religioni, 82,1, pp.174-192.

2016, «ByesusSh’m». Breaking with the National Past in Eritrean and Ethiopian Pentecostal Churches in Rome , in Pavanello M. (ed.), Witchcraft, Religion, Medicine. Power and belief in the human destiny, post faction by Birgit Meyer, pp.165-184.

2016, Agire nella diaspora. Matrimoni, documenti, pratiche di riconoscimento e conflitti politici nelle vicende di due rifugiati eritrei, in Pinelli B., Machetti C.(eds), Cercare rifugio in Italia e Europa: accoglienze, transiti, barriere, Franco Angeli, Milano, Forthcoming.

Costantini O., Massa A., Yazdani J. (a cura di), Chi,Cosa. Rifugiati Transnazionalismo e Frontiere, Mincione Edizioni, Roma.

2016, Le interpretazioni pentecostali dell’immobilità tra i rifugiati eritrei a Roma, in Costantini O., Massa A., Yazdani J. (eds.), Chi,Cosa. Rifugiati Transnazionalismo e Frontiere, Mincione Edizioni, Roma,  pp.149-177.

2016, Vivere nella temporaneità. Il pentecostalismo Eritreo-Etiopico, la cittadinanza e gli orizzonti spirituali, in Studi e Materiali di Storia delle Religioni, 82,2, Forthcoming.

2016, Guarigione, modernità e conflitti sociali i discorsi sulla malattia tra i pentecostali etiopici a Roma, in Medicina nei Secoli, Vol. XXVIII, n.2.