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Dr. Daniele Cantini

Dr. Daniele Cantini

Dr. Daniele Cantini

Senior Research Fellow and Academic Coordinator

Member of the LOST-Group    


Anthropology of the Middle East, Hochschulen und Institutionen, Islam und Subjectivität, soziale Ordnungen und travelling models, Jugend, politische und soziale Anthropologie, Migration.

Laufende Forschungsprojekte

SCHO.MO.RES. Scholarly Mobility, knowledge production and Research capacity building

The project explores the relationship between research training, scholarly mobility, career paths and social science knowledge production in the Arab region, concentrating on Beirut as one of its main hubs, and on recent developments in the local provision of postgraduate training. The main research question is to examine the role of recently established local programs and institutions offering postgraduate training and research grants in altering the conditions of doing research as well as career paths in social sciences both in Lebanon and throughout the region, in contrast with an earlier, and still predominant, mode of graduate education abroad, mostly in the ‘global north’. Combining biographical 'tracer' studies of individual academics with institutional ethnographies, the project develops comparative insights into research career pathways and the practice of social science in the Middle East.

This analysis has the aim of discussing not only the effects of mobility on the knowledge being produced – issues currently discussed inside the academia, the contents of legitimate PhD theses and appropriate topics of research for young scholars – but also to the institutional context within which it is produced. From a theoretical point of view, the project makes a major advancement by proposing a new way of understanding knowledge as being intertwined with movement, co-constituted through it.

Anthropology in the MENA region – institutional developments, key figures and research topics

Workshop- und Publikationsprojekt, gefördert durch die Volkswagenstiftung. Die Veranstaltung wird voraussichtlich im April 2023 stattfinden.

Das Projekt untersucht die institutionelle Entwicklung der Disziplin in arabischen Ländern, auch durch die Analyse von besonders relevant Wissenschaftler*innen und Forschungsthemen.

EGYCLASS - A Network on Social Classes in Egypt

EGYCLASS    is an International Research Network that aims at providing a  comprehensive analysis of social classes in Egypt. While this country  has gone into disruptive political and economic transformations since  the 2011 Revolution, little is known about the social impacts of these  transformations. A systematic and multi-dimensional study is needed to  understand how the social morphology is quickly changing.

Building on existing links and scientific exchanges between leading  researchers in sociology, anthropology, political science, history and  economics, the network associates 6 institutions: CEDEJ (France), the  Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the American University in  Cairo (Egypt), the Orient Institute Beirut (OIB, Germany), the Society  and Culture in Motion research cluster (SCM, University of  Halle-Wittenberg, Germany), the Centre for Anthropological Research on  Affect and Materiality (CARAM, Ghent University, Belgium) and the  Department of Social Anthropology of Oslo University (Norway). It also  associates more than 60 individual researchers, from different  backgrounds and generations.


Ägypten, Deutschland, Italien, Jordanien, Libanon, Syria


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