Brocco, Giorgio

gbrocco85[at]gmail.com

I am an aspirant social anthropologist who graduated in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at the University of Palermo, Italy. Through a grant of the Ignazio Buttitta foundation, I was able to write my master thesis on Carnival practices in Sicily. Subsequently, I was hired by an Italian NGO, called Tulime Onlus, for implementing a project in Tanzania on behalf of people with albinism. After one year, I became the responsible for the project „No More Discrimination for People with Albinism“ within the same organization. During the time I worked for Tulime Onlus, I took the decision to pursue a Ph.D. at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin. After having spent six months in Berlin with a grant financed by the University of Palermo, this year (2014) I have started my doctoral research in Medical Anthropology, supported by the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) and supervised by Prof. Hansjörg Dilger.
My doctoral research, etitled „Zeruzeru and Diverse Shades of Difference: a Study of People with Albinism in Kilolo District, Tanzania“, examines the life situations and everyday experiences of people with albinism in Tanzania. The main goal of my study will be pursued through an investigation which will deal with the social, political and moral discourses and ideas about albinism in Tanzania, as they are articulated by diverse subjects between local and global settings.

 

Research Interests

East Africa (Tanzania); Europe (Sicily)

 

Research Area(s)

Ostafrika (Tansania, Sasibar, Äthiopien); Indien

 

Publications

Journal Articles

(Under review). “‘I am a normal woman’ versus ‘I am a disabled woman’: Albinism, stigma, subjectivity and global-local discourse in Tanzania.” In: Anthropology and Medicine.

(Under review). “The Strength of the Words: Epithets, Nicknames, Name Calling, and Discourses Surrounding People with Albinism In the Kilolo District, Tanzania“. In: Disability and Society Journal.

 

Conference Presentations (since 2007)

’”We are as Normal as Other Individuals”. Life Experiences and Subjectivities of People with Albinism in Tanzania’. Presentation given at the Seminar Series Medical Anthropology, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, 04 December 2014.

‘Zeruzeru and Diverse Shades of Difference. A Study of People with Albinism in Kilolo District, Tanzania’. Presentation given at the Workshop of the Work Group Medical Anthropology, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, 28-30 November 2014.

‘Finctional Narrative and Auto-Ethnography. Intertwined Methodologies for Ethnographic Fieldwork on People with Albinism in Tanzania’. Presentation given at the Workshop ‘Explorer une Disposition Anthropologique’ at the Université de Paris Ouest la Défense, Nanterre, 19-20 November 2014.

‘Albinism in Tanzania From the Point of View of a Positioned Researcher’. Presentation given at the 5TH Annual Medical Anthropology Young Scholars (MAYS) Meeting „Peer-to-Peer Aid“, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, 4-5 July 2014.

‘Living with Albinism in Iringa Region: Communitarian Perceptions and Subjective Experiences’. Presentation given at the Seminar Series Medical Anthropology, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, 30 May 2013.

‘Living with Albinism in Iringa, Tanzania. Between Local Worlds and Transnational Universes’. Presentation given at the Seminar Series Medical Anthropology, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, 14 June 2012.