DIANA Antonella

Qualifica Assegnista
E-mail antonella.diana@unive.it
Sito web www.unive.it/persone/antonella.diana (scheda personale)
Struttura Dipartimento di Studi sull'Asia e sull'Africa Mediterranea
Sito web struttura: https://www.unive.it/dsaam

EDUCATION

2009   PhD in Anthropology. Department of Anthropology, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University (ANU). Title of doctoral dissertation: Roses and Rifles: Experiments of Governing on the China-Laos Frontier. PhD passed without corrections and with distinction. Degree awarded: 11 December 2009

2004  Graduate Diploma in Arts (Anthropology). Department of Anthropology, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, The Australian National University. Grade: distinction. Degree awarded: 13 July 2004

2001  Bachelor in Oriental Languages and Literature (major in Chinese). Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. Title of   dissertation: Esplorazione di un microcosmo: la casa su pilotis e identità etnica dei Tai Lue, Sipsong panna, Cina [Exploring a microcosm: the house on stilts and ethnic identity of the Tai Lue, Sipsong panna, China]. Grade: 110/110 cum laude. Degree awarded: 27 February 2001

1993  Diploma of Classical Studies. Liceo Ginnasio Statale Duca degli Abruzzi, Ozieri-Bonorva. Grade: 58/60. Degree awarded: 16 September 1993

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

2020  Lecturer. Department of Asian and North African Studies, University Ca’ Foscari of Venice. 

          Course taught: Contemporary Society of Southeast Asia

2019-present    Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow. Department of Asian and North African Studies, University Ca’ Foscari of       Venice

2018    Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow. Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning, University of Sassari.

2017    Lecturer. Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Sassari.

           Courses taught (undergraduate and post-graduate level): 

           Chinese Linguistics (I, II, III)

           Chinese Linguistics (Masters’ level)

2012-2013 Research Fellow. International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, the Netherlands.

2011-2012   Assistant Professor. Dep. of Anthropology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

           Courses Taught (undergraduate and post-graduate level):

           Chinese Culture and Society

           Seminars in the Anthropology of China

           Cultures and Societies of Southeast Asia

           Ethnicity, Ethnic Relations, and Identities

           Seminars in General Anthropology

           Understanding Anthropology

           Human Rights and Political Violence

2011    Adjunct Assistant Professor. Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

2010-2011  Honorary Research Fellow. The Hong Kong Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong.

AWARDS/ACADEMIC ACKNOWLEDGMENTS/FELLOWSHIPS/GRANTS OBTAINED

2017   Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. Call H2020-MSCA-IF European Commission. Project title: URBAN_CHINA. “Urbanization in China’s Southwestern Borderlands. The case of Jinghong, Xishuangbanna”. Grant Agreement n. 748961.

2017   Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Seal of Excellence. Call H2020-MSCA-IF European Commission. Project title: URBAN_CHINA. “Urbanization in China’s Southwestern Borderlands. The case of Jinghong, Xishuangbanna”.

2014   Research Fund to implement the AnthroArt project ‘Beyond Archaism and Resistance: New Ways of Being Shepherds in Contemporary Sardinia’. Fondazione Banco di Sardegna (Bank of Sardinia Foundation).

2012-2013  Research Fellowship at the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, The Netherlands.

2010        PhD Dissertation nominated for the 2009 Australian Anthropological Society Prize.

2010        Best PhD dissertation of the College of Asia and the Pacific 2009, The Australian National University.

2010        PhD dissertation nominated for the JC Crawford Prize, The Australian National University.

2010        Master and Back Postdoctoral Grant. The Regional Government of Sardinia, Italy.

2009        Short-listed and reserve candidate for the Max Weber Fellowship. The European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

2004-2009   PhD Vice-Chancellor Scholarship, The Australian National University.

2004-2009 The Australian National University PhD Scholarship, The Australian National University.

1997-1998 Ten-month Erasmus Scholarship by the Department of Chinese, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy, towards studying at the Sinologisch Instituut Reijksuniversiteit, Leiden, the Netherlands.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2019     2-month ethnographic fieldwork in Jinghong, Xishuangbanna, China, within the Marie Sklodowska Curie Project URBAN_CHINA. “Urbanization in China’s Southwestern Borderlands. The case of Jinghong, Xishuangbanna”. Grant Agreement n. 748961.

2018     3-month ethnographic fieldwork in Jinghong, Xishuangbanna, China, within the Marie Sklodowska Curie Project URBAN_CHINA. “Urbanization in China’s Southwestern Borderlands. The case of Jinghong, Xishuangbanna”. Grant Agreement n. 748961.

2017     1-month ethnographic fieldwork in the provinces of Phongsaly and Sekong, Lao PDR within the project ‘Women’s Organized for Rural Development, CARE International in Lao PDR.

2015     1-month ethnographic fieldwork research in Lao PDR. Research topic: Chinese Capital and Shared Sovereignty in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone, Lao PDR.

2013     1-month ethnographic fieldwork in Mengman, Xishuangbanna (China) and Muang Sing (Lao PDR). Research topic: cross-border socio-economic dynamics and border governance on the China-Laos frontier.

2010     4-month post-doctoral research (fieldwork and archival) in Lao PDR. Research topic: Tracing the Flows of Chinese Capital, Trade and Investment in Lao PDR.

2008     2-month ethnographic fieldwork in Luang Namtha, Lao PDR. Research topic: Chinese agribusiness in Luang Namtha.

2004-2013   20-month ethnographic fieldwork on the China-Laos frontier. Research topic: governing of border regions, trans-border socio-economic and cultural links, Chinese migration, globalization, regional integration and ethnicity in the Upper Mekong.

2002     4-month ethnographic fieldwork in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. Research topic: cultural change and religious practices in Luang Prabang.

1999-2000   10-month ethnographic fieldwork and archival research in Kunming and Xishuangbanna (China). Research theme: domestic architecture, social structure, religious beliefs, and ethnic identity of a Dai/Tai Lue community.

INVITED TALKS/LECTURES

2019     “Urbanizzazione di frontiera nella Cina Sud-Occidentale nell’ era post-socialista” Liceo Scientifico Pozzomaggiore, associated seat of the school “A. Segni” di Ozieri (SS) Italy, (17 December 2019) and Liceo Classico “G. Manno” Alghero (SS), Italy (19 December 2019)

2019     “La dialettica tra ville e cité in un’ emergente città di frontiera nella Cina sud-occidentale”, the Department of Asian and North African Studies’ “Research Day”, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Venice, 9 December 2019.

2018    “The History of Urban Anthropology and Theoretical Introduction”and “Methods in Urban Anthropology” School of Ethnology and Sociology, the Yunnan University, Kunming (China), 16-17 May 2018.

2016     “Borders in the Upper Mekong. An Anthropological Analysis”. Course: History and Institutions of Asia, taught by Dr. Nicola Mocci, Department of Political Sciences, Communication Science and Information Engineering, University of Sassari, Sassari, 15 December 2016.

2015     “Space, Power and Knowledge in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone”. Laboratorio Demo-Etno-Antropologico (DEA), Department for the Humanities, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 16 November 2015.

2015     “The Anthropology of Borders: Methodological and Ethnographic Notes on the Governance of the China-Laos Frontier”. Course: Cultural Anthropology, Department of History and Humanities. University of Sassari. Sassari, 17 April 2015.

2014     “New Chinese Engagements in Lao PDR in the early 21st century”. Course From Geohistory to Geopolitics taught by Prof.ssa Annamaria Baldussi. Department of Social Science and Institutions, University of Cagliari, 13 May 2014.

2013     “Chinese Casino Capitalism in Northern Laos: Soft territoriality, Exception, or Ordinary frontier experimentation?” Multilevel Governance and Transnational Economic Actors Seminar Series. IIAS Centre for Regulation and Governance and Clingendael Asia Studies. Leiden, 31 Jan 2013.

2013     “Experimentation under Hierarchy. Sovereignty and Mobility on the China-Laos Frontier under Economic Integration in the Mekong Region”. Global Encounters Research Seminar Series. Vrije Universiteit. Amsterdam, 24 Jan 2013.

2011     “Subverting the Border, Defending the border: Akha (il)licit Rubber Practices across the China-Laos Frontier”. Anthropology Seminar Series, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 24 March.

2010     “Chinese Transnational Entrepreneurial Migration to the Global South” (post-doctoral fellowship selection) Central European University, Budapest 28 July 2011.

2006     “Construction of Xishuangbanna as a Tourist Destination: Reshaping Dai Ethnic Identity”. Course ANTH1003 Global and Local, taught by Dr. Patrick Guinness. Department of Archeology and Anthropology, Faculty of Arts, The Australian National University, 20 March 2006.

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Diana, Antonella (fortcoming), Roses and Rifles: Experimental Governing and Authority on the China-Laos Frontier (Under Revision).

Book Chapters

Diana, Antonella (2009) “Re-configuring belonging in Post-socialist Xishuangbanna, China”, in Tai Lands and Thailand. Community and State in Southeast Asia. Edited by Andrew Walker. Singapore/Copenhagen: NUS Press/NIAS Press, pp. 192-213.

Peer Reviewed Articles

Diana, Antonella (2017) “Liquid Labourscape: ad hoc Experimentation in a Chinese Special Economic Zone in Laos”. Made in China (Chinese Labour in a Global Perspective) Vol. 2, Issue 3. pp. 32-35.

Diana, Antonella (2013) “The experimental governing of mobility and trade on the China-Laos frontier: The Tai Lue case”. The Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 34. pp. 25-39.

Diana, Antonella (forthcoming) “Proliferating borders and graduated mobility under regional integration in the Upper Mekong”.

Diana, Antonella (forthcoming) “Chinese metamorphoses of northern Laos: entrepreneurship, heterotopia, and (shared) sovereignty”.

Diana, Antonella (forthcoming) “Sauté urbanisation’: the dialectic of ville and cité in an emerging city in China’s South-western borderlands under post-socialism”

Diana, Antonella (forthcoming) “Striving for a modern urban identity: spatialized consumption and class-making among the Tais in a Chinese border city”

Book Reviews

Diana, Antonella (2015) Impact of China's Rise on the Mekong Region, edited by Yos Santasombat (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015). In Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 37, No. 3 (2015), pp. 499–501

Diana, Antonella (2007) Empire at the Margins: Culture, Ethnicity, and Frontier in Early Modern China, edited by Pamela Kyle Crossley, Helen F. Siu and Donald S. Sutton. In The China Journal, Jan 2007, 57, pp. 219-20.

Newspaper articles

Diana, Antonella (2014) ‘Promuovere il multiculturalismo, forse si può’. La Nuova Sardegna. 21 Novembre 2014.

Ethnographic Films

Diana, Antonella (2019) “Tai and the City”

Radio Interviews

Released interview on the theme: “Doing Ethnographic Research in Laos” for the show "Bagamundus. Sardus a Travessu" (Vagabonds. Sardinians across the world). Radio RAI Sardegna.

CONFERENCE PAPERS/CONVENED PANELS/INVITED PANEL DISCUSSANT

2019 Convener and Presenter. Roundtable ‘The Land Where China Meets Southeast Asia: Sipsong Panna in the Wake of China’s Rise’, AAS in Asia Conference, Bangkok, 1-3 July 2019.

2019 Presenter. “‘Sauté urbanisation’: the tension between ville and cité in an emerging border city in China’s”. 4th ItaSEAS (Italian Association for Southeast Asian Studies) Conference, Procida, Italy, 23-24 May 2019.

2018  Presenter. “Urbanization at the Margins: Spatial Restructuring, State Legitimacy and Ethnic Resilience in China’s South-West”. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San José, California, 14-18 November 2018.

2018 Presenter. “New Frontier Urbanscapes: Ethnic Spatialization and Tourism-driven Urbanization in China’s South-west”. SPACE International Conference 2018 on Architectural Culture and Society, London, 14-16 September 2018.

2017  Presenter. “Labour limbo: inequality, precarity, and creative survival in a Chinese-established Special Economic Zone in Lao PDR.” Made in China Summer School. Labour and Rights in an Era of Global Precarity: Views from China. San Servolo, Venice. 17-21July 2017.

2016  Presenter. “Producing space, power and knowledge in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone” 3rd  itaSEAS Conference, Università l’Orientale, Procida, 20-21 June 2016.

2015  Convener and Organizer. Symposium LIMBO: Encounter with Forcibly Clandestine Immigration. Associazione TransCultura. Bonorva, 11 April 2015.

2015  Presenter. “Asylum Seekers in Sardinia between 2014 and 2015: Refuge, Profit and Denied Citizenship”. Symposium LIMBO: Encounter with Forcibly Clandestine Immigration.Associazione TransCultura. Bonorva, 11 April 2015.

2014  Presenter. Roses and Rifles: Experimental Governing and Authority on the China-Laos Frontier. Questioni di Confine. Prospettive e Pratiche del Contemporaneo. University of Cagliari. Cagliari, 22-23 May 2014.

2013 Presenter. "The new Chinese presence in (mainland) Southeast Asia. An anthropological perspective". The EU and South-East Asia. EEAS – RTD joint policy seminar, Brussels, 28 November 2013.

2013 Presenter. “Experimentation under hierarchy: peripheral mobility and central authority on the China-Laos frontier”. Conference Relocating Borders: A Comparative Approach Conference, Humbold University. Berlin, 11-13 January 2013.

2012  Presenter. “State power and Akha potency: reconnecting centres and margins in the Upper Mekong”, Workshop Borders and Borderlands: Contested Spaces between States, 15th Berlin Roundtable on Transnationality at Irmgard-Coninx-Stiftung. Berlin, 27-31 March 2012.

2011 Main discussant in the panel Asian Border-Crossing Mobilities II: The Rise of Asian Overseas Volunteering. AAS/ICAES Conference, Honolulu, Hawai’i, 31 March-3 April 2011.

2010  Presenter. “Foot binding and unbinding, rebinding and re-unbinding: The experimental governing of mobility and trade on the China-Laos frontier”. 6th EuroSEAS Conference. Gothenburg, Sweden, 26-28 August 2010.

2010  Presenter “Subverting the border, defending the border: Akha (il)licit rubber practices across the China-Laos frontier”. Workshop Transnational Flows and Permissive Polities in Asia. Xiamen, China, 12-14 January 2010.

2007  Presenter “The constraints of petty trade along the China-Laos border in the era of ‘graduated sovereignty’. 5th EuroSEAS Conference. Naples, Italy, 12-15 September 2007.

2007  Convener and organizer of the panel Borders Re-drawn: Re-asserting Nation-states in Contemporary Southeast Asia. 5th EuroSEAS Conference. Naples, Italy, 12-15 September 2007.

2007  Presenter “‘The Chinese know the way’: Rubber as enticement to modernity or as a means of economic expansionism?” Conference Critical Transitions in the Mekong Region. Chiang Mai, Thailand, 29-31 January 2007.

2006  Presenter “Belonging and modernity in the construction of the Dai youth identity in Xishuangbanna, China”. Australian Anthropology Society Conference. Cairns, Australia, 26-29 September 2006.

CONSULTANCY REPORTS

2017     Endline evaluation of the project ‘Women’s Organized for Rural Development in the provinces of Phongsaly and Sekong, Lao PDR’. Written for CARE International in Lao PDR.

2008     Navigating the way through the market. A first assessment of contract farming in Luang Namtha (Lao PDR). April 2008. Written for GTZ (German Organization for Technical Assistance and Cooperation).

2006     The socio-economic dynamics of rubber in the borderlands of Laos (Muang Sing, Luang Namtha). April 2006. Written for GTZ (German Organization for Technical Assistance and Cooperation).

PEER REVIEWER FOR ARTICLES IN ACADEMIC JOURNALS

2012     The China Journal, The Journal of Current Chinese Affairs.

OTHER RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE

2017     Consultant: CARE International in Lao PDR. Endline evaluation of the project ‘Women’s Organized for Rural Development’ in the provinces of Phongsaly and Sekong, Lao PDR.

2016     Interpreter: (Chinese-Italian-Chinese) for the Court of Sassari, Italian Ministry of Justice, Sassari, 26 February and 8 March 2016.

2014-2015   Consultant: Centre for Asylum Seekers, Baja Sunajola, Casterlsardo (Sassari). Sept 2014-Jan 2015.

2010     Cultural mediator: B2B Meeting between Chinese and Italian firms, organized by Marche Union of the Chambers of Commerce and Italian Marche Region, Shanghai-Nanjing, 1-4 June 2010.

2009-2010   Cultural adviser: UNESCO Culture Office Beijing, China.

2010     Interpreter (Chinese-Italian-Chinese): Opening ceremony of the exhibition “Matteo Ricci. Incontro di Civiltà nella Cina dei Ming” Beijing Capital Museum, China.

2008     Consultant: GTZ (German Organization for Technical Assistance and Cooperation). Socio-economic assessment of Chinese-driven contract farming in Luang Namtha Province, Lao PDR.

2005     Consultant: GTZ (German Organization for Technical Assistance and Cooperation). Socio-economic study of rubber development and cross-border connections in North-western Lao PDR.

2005     Cultural adviser: UNESCO Project: Revitalising Tai Traditional Buddhist Arts and Temple Crafts in the Sipsong Panna, Jinghong, China.

TRAINING COURSES AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2019     Workshop ‘Audiovisual Theories and Practices. Filming a Person, a Place’, taught by Cecilia Mangini e Paolo Pisanelli. Nuoro, Istituo Superiore Regionale Etnografico, 30-31 January-1 February 2019. 

2018-2019   Etnofilm School of Ethnographic Documentary. Centro Studi sull’ Etnodramma. Monselice (PD), September 2018-May 2019.

2018     Workshop ‘Full Immersion in Video-making and Photography Ripresa’, Scuola Sentieri Selvaggi. Roma. Docente: Giovanni Bruno. 24-25 Feb

2015     Teacher’s Training Course. Diploma of Teacher of Yoga (Yoga Siromani). The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Neville aux bois, Orlèans, France. 17 Nov-18 Dec 2015.

2014-2015   Teachers’ Training Course in Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda. International School of Yoga and Ayurveda C.Y. Surya. Milan/Cagliari/Ozieri.

2012     Workshop: “Presenting an Interesting Talk”. University of Leiden, The Netherlands, 13 Dec 2012.

2011     Workshop “Becoming an Excellent Teacher”. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 15-19 Aug 2011.

2004     Course in visual anthropology: “Thinking with the video-camera”, taught by David and Judith MacDougall, The Australian National University.

2002     5-month private course of Lao language in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR.

1999     10-month Course of Chinese (Mandarin) at the Nationalities Institute, Kunming, China.

1997-1998   10-month Erasmus studentship at the Sinologisch Instituut Reijksuniversiteit, Leiden, the Netherlands.

1999     6-month course of Chinese (Mandarin) at the Capital Normal University, Beijing, China.

LANGUAGES KNOWN

Italian and Sardinian: mother tongues

English: native level proficiency (written and spoken)

French: advanced (written and spoken)

Chinese (Mandarin): advanced (written and spoken)

Yunnanese: good knowledge (passive)

Spanish: intermediate (written and spoken)

Lao and Dai/Tai Lue: intermediate (written and spoken)

Thai: basic knowledge (written and spoken)

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

American Anthropological Association

Association for Asian Studies

European Association for Southeast Asian Studies

Italian Association for Southeast Asian Studies

Royal Anthropological Institute