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Anna Ciannameo

Anna Ciannameo


PhD in Science, Technology, and Humanities, University of Bologna (2010-2014).
Temporary research fellow, Centre for International Health (CSI), DIMEC Dept. of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Bologna (2012-)


Office address:
CIS – Department of Philosophy and Communication
University of Bologna
Via Zamboni 38
40126 Bologna
Mobile phone: +39 347 6667641


The migration of Chagas: the bio-medical and socio-political construction of tropical infectious diseases.


2012-2013: Visiting periods, PhD Programin Anthropology, Rovira I Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain.

September 2011-January 2012: Visiting Period -Medical Anthropology and International Health PhD Program (Rovira I Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain).

July 2011: Summer School on Global Health & Migration: interdisciplinary tools to tackle health inequalities (GlobHe-M), Bologna-Venice.

June 2011: Summer school "Metodi per la Salute" . Analisi Quantitative e Qualitative, Department of Sociology and Social Research, Faculty of Sociology, University of Milano-Bicocca.

March 2009: Laurea Magistrale, Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, focus on medical anthropology, University of Bologna. Dissertation topic: “La malattia di chagas in Argentina. Esperienza soggettiva e presa in carico istituzionale. Una indagine antropologica nel contesto urbano bonaerense”.Supervisors: Professor Ivo Quaranta (Medical Anthropology), Luca Jourdan (Political Anthropology).

March-July 2008: Public Health Master's courses, Maestría en Salud Pública, Instituto de Investigaciones en Salud Pública, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

November 2004: Laurea, Ethno-Anthropological Sciences, University of Bologna. Dissertation topic:“Abitare il corpo. Donne e Politiche di Incorporazione”. Supervisors: Professor Zelda Franceschi (Cultural Anthropology).


Since 2005 I have been doing an anthropological fieldwork on Chagas disease (a tropical neglected infectious disease) in Argentina (interpretation of illness, access to health care, relationship withhealth services), working on two research projects financed by the ItalianUniversity Consortium for Argentina (CUIA), in the Chaco region (Wichí indigenous community) and in the health care institutions of the suburban areas of Buenos Aires. My main interests are focused on the areas ofmedical anthropology; biographies and subjective experiences of illness; socio-cultural determinants of health applied to migration; the relationship between cultural interpretation of disease and health policy organization and management; the relationship between social inequalities and the transmission of tropical neglected diseases. I am currently conducting a research on Chagas disease as a phenomenon related to migration, through national migratory routes (rural and urban areas in Argentina), as well as trans-national (migration flows among Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina) and trans-continental (from Latin America to Europe). Analysing the experiences related to migration, the research focuses on social implications in terms of definition and practice of genetic testing, organ transplants, blood donation, parental dynamics, and on relevant issues (citizenship, law/rights, formal and informal pathways), as well as processes (stereotyping, stigmatisation, marginalisation, discrimination) that become socio-economic and political determinants of health, affecting all the aspects of health, disease, and care.

Collaborations and other activities

Centre for International Health (CSI), research group (Angelo Stefanini, University of Bologna, Dept. of Medical and Surgical Sciences DIMEC).

The main field of interest is global health, approached through a multidisciplinary framework – grounded in the theory of the social determinants of health – that encompasses the fields of medicine, public health, medical anthropology, social and political sciences, and law. Consequently, the applied research methodology relies on both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

De Morbo, research group (Roberto Brigati, University of Bologna, Department of Philosophy)

Interdisciplinary community of studies on disease and illness, disability and corporeity. Main group activities are seminars, original papers presentation and discussion,reconstruction of debates on fundamental topics for the group.

Member of the Italian Team for:
European Project - Inequalities and multiple discrimination in access to health (D/SE/10/09), funded by The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

Member of SIAM Società Italiana di Antropologia Medica.
Member of EASA European Association of Social Anthropologists
Member of SIMM Società Italiana di Medicina delle Migrazioni


1) CIANNAMEO A. (2012) Storie di vita, racconti di malattia e migrazione.I simboli, le ragioni, i sintomi del Mal de Chagas nella periferia di Buenos Aires, in Franceschi Z. (a cura) Annuario di Antropologia Storie di vita/Autobiografie N.14, Milano, Ledizioni 2012, pp. 147-179.

2) CIANNAMEO A., Di Girolamo C. (2012), Corpo, società, politica: la malattia di Chagas a Buenos Aires. Un'indagine congiunta tra antropologia medica e salute pubblica, in Fossati A. (a cura) Quaderni di Thule XI. Atti del XXXIII Convegno Internazionale di Americanistica, Centro Studi Americanistici “Circolo Amerindiano” Onlus, Perugia, pp. 275-287.

3) Di Girolamo C., Bodini C., Marta BL., CIANNAMEO A.(et al) (2011), Chagas disease at the crossroad of international migration and public health policies: why a national protocol is not enough, Eurosurveillance, Volume 16, Issue 37, 15 September 2011.

4) Franceschi C., Yang Yao D., Sevini F., Santoro A., Luiselli D., Pettener D., Ferri G., Dasso MC., Perez de la Hoz R., Moretti R., Basso B., Castro I., CIANNAMEO A., Franceschi Z., Genetics and anthropology in studies on aging and Chagas disease, Journal of Anthropological Sciences Vol. 88 (2010), pp. 245-250.

5) Di Girolamo C., Marta BL., CIANNAMEO A.(et al) (2010), Chagas disease in a non endemic country: a studyin the district of Bologna (Italy). Multidisciplinaryanalysis of the disease in the Latin American migrant population. Ann Ig 2010, 22: 431-445.

6) Guerri-Guttenberg RA., Di Girolamo C., CIANNAMEO A., Milei J. (2009), Chagas Disease: An Emerging Public Health Problem In Italy?, Infez. Med. 2009 Mar 1;17(1):5-13.

7) Guerri-Guttenberg RA., Di Girolamo C., CIANNAMEO A., Milei J. (2009), Flussi migratori e nuove patologie di importazione: la cardiomiopatia chagasica cronica, G. Ital. Cardiol. 2009; 10 (4).

8) CIANNAMEO A. (2008), Mal de Chagas e povertà: i Wichì di Mision Nueva Pompeya (Chaco, Argentina), in Quaderni di Thule VII. Atti del XXIX Convegno Internazionale di Americanistica, Centro Studi Americanistici “Circolo Amerindiano” Onlus, Perugia, pp. 741-749.

9) CIANNAMEO A. (2006), Nuevos saberes y prácticas médicos-sanitarias en el contexto de medicina tradicional de los Wichí, Archivos, 2006 vol. IV: 261-273, Buenos Aires.


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