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Ambra Formenti is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Research in Anthropology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (CRIA-FCSH/NOVA). She completed her PhD in Anthropology at the Institute of Social Ciences, University of Lisbon (ICS-ULisboa), with a thesis on Guinean Evangelical Christianity in Lisbon. Her current research project explores the recent changes in migration patterns from Portugal to the UK, by comparing the onward migration of Guinean citizens and the new paths of Portuguese emigration. She conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Tanzania, Italy, Portugal, Guinea-Bissau, United Kingdom. Her research interests include mobility, labour and religion in Africa and in the African diaspora. Her work is published in international peer-reviewed journals such as African Diaspora, Pentecostudies, Journal of Religion in Africa, Etnográfica, and Int. J. Migration and Border Studies. In her Ciência Vitae curriculum, the most frequent terms in the context of scientific, technological and artistic-cultural production are: Anthropology; Future; Hope; Aspirations; Guinea-Bissau; Portugal; Evangelical Christianity; Modernity; African diaspora; Lisbon; Lusophony; Labour; Transnationalism.
Identification

Personal identification

Full name
Ambra Formenti

Citation names

  • Formenti, Ambra

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
5618-BFF7-C237
ORCID iD
0000-0002-9050-4661

Telephones

Mobile phone
  • (+39) 3891862386 (Personal)

Addresses

  • Cannaregio 888, 30121, Venezia, Venezia, Italy (Personal)

Languages

Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
English Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
French Intermediate (B1) Advanced (C1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1)
Spanish; Castilian Beginner (A1) Intermediate (B1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1)
Portuguese Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2)
Italian Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2)
Education
Degree Classification
2014/12/22
Concluded
II curso de doutoramento em antropologia (ICS-UL) (Doutoramento)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Portugal
"Going for God: Mobility, Place and Temporality among Evangelical Guineans in Lisbon" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
19/20
2007 - 2009
Concluded
Qualification to teach Philosophy and History (A037) (Postgraduate Certificate)
Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy
2002/11/07
Concluded
Degree in Philosophy, with social-anthropological specialisation (Licence)
Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy
"“The parish priest and the witch doctor: an inculturation experience in Bujora, Tanzania“" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
110/110 cum laude
Affiliation

Others

Category
Host institution
Employer
2015/11/15 - 2020/12/31 Bolseira de pos-doutoramento Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Portugal
2007/01/01 - 2007/06/30 Teacher of Italian as a foreign language (adult education) ENAIP Piemonte, Italy
2003/09/01 - 2006/06/30 Teaching and training activities in Medical Anthropology, Psychological Anthropology, Anthropology of Migration with cultural mediators. Azienda Formazione Professionale (AFP), Italy
2002/10/01 - 2003/06/30 Educational activities at the Museo Etnologico Missionario di Colle Don Bosco (Missionary Ethnological Museum of Colle Don Bosco). Museo Etnologico Missionario di Colle Don Bosco, Italy
Projects

Grant

Designation Funders
2015 - Current Novos padrões de migração de e para Portugal: comparação dos casos português e guineense
UID/ANT/04038/2013
Integration into Research Grant Fellow
Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Ongoing
Outputs

Publications

Book chapter
  1. Formenti, Ambra. "On the road again: onward migration and transnational subjectivity among Portuguese-Guinean migrants in Peterborough (UK)". In Onward Migration and Multi-sited Transnationalism: Complex Trajectories, Practices and Ties, edited by Jill Ahrens and Russell King. Berlin, Germany: Springer, 2022.
    Under revision
Encyclopedia entry
  1. Formenti, Ambra. "Portugal". In Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, edited by Michael Wilkinson, Conny Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson, 2019. https://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/brill-s-encyclopedia-of-global-pentecostalism/portugal-COM_033788?s.num=0&s.f.s2_parent=s.f.book.brill-s-encyclopedia-of-global-pentecostalism&s.q=Portugal.
    Published
Journal article
  1. Formenti, Ambra. "Migrant bodies and medical bordering: travelling for health reasons from Guinea-Bissau to Portugal". International Journal of Migration and Border Studies 5 4 (2019): 339. http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/ijmbs.2019.105807.
    Published • 10.1504/ijmbs.2019.105807
  2. Formenti, Ambra. "Holy Strangers". African Diaspora 10 1-2 (2018): 46-71. http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/18725465-01001003.
    Published • 10.1163/18725465-01001003
  3. Formenti, Ambra. "Winning Guinea-Bissau for Jesus: The Guinean Evangelical Minority, from the Origins to the Present". PentecoStudies: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Research on the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements 17 1 (2018): 54-76. http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/ptcs.34875.
    Published • 10.1558/ptcs.34875
  4. Formenti, Ambra. "Rumo a uma fé global: história do movimento evangélico na Guiné-Bissau". Etnografica 21 2 (2017): 293-318. http://dx.doi.org/10.4000/etnografica.4912.
    Open access • Published • 10.4000/etnografica.4912
  5. Formenti, Ambra. "The Second Coming, Successful Life, and the Sweetness of Guinea: Evangelical Thoughts about the Future in Guinea-Bissau". Journal of Religion in Africa 47 3-4 (2017): 346-379. http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15700666-12340112.
    Published • 10.1163/15700666-12340112
  6. Formenti, A.. "Towards a global faith: History of the Evangelical movement in Guinea-Bissau | Rumo a uma fé global: História do movimento evangélico na Guiné-Bissau". Etnografica 21 2 (2017): 293-318. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85023616480&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
    Published
  7. Formenti, Ambra. "Il Cristianesimo africano in Europa e a Torino, tra spinta missionaria e marginalità". Pagine. Il sociale da fare e pensare 1 (2011):
    Published
  8. Formenti, Ambra. "Chiese pentecostali africane a Torino". Afriche e Orienti 9 3-4 (2007): 101-115.
    Published
Journal issue
  1. Formenti, Ambra; Hasselberg, Inês; Mapril, José; Vacchiano, Francesco. "Editorial". International Journal of Migration and Border Studies 5 4 (2019): https://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticletoc.php?jcode=ijmbs&year=2019&vol=5&issue=4.
    Published • Editor
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. Formenti, Ambra. "Going for god : mobility, place and temporality among evangelical guineans in Lisbon". PhD, 2014. http://hdl.handle.net/10451/15798.
Activities

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2020/07/01 On the road again: onward migration and transnationalism among Portuguese-Guinean migrants in Peterborough (UK) 17th IMISCOE Annual Conference - ONLINE
IMISCOE
2019/11/03 Superflexibility: Mobility, Work and the Future among Portuguese Migrants in Peterborough (UK) ANTHROMOB - Anthropology and Mobility Network, workshop “Mobility and the future of work”
University of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
2018/09/18 "Love covers everything": religious coexistence among Guinean migrant families in Greater Lisbon ASA 2018 – Sociality, matter, and the imagination
Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth (Oxford, United Kingdom)
2017/12/15 Migrant bodies and medical bordering: the case of Bissau-Guinean evacuated patients in Portugal Workshop “Bordering: A View from Portugal”
Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia (CRIA); FCSH-Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal)
2017/02/11 Lusophone Christianitities in the Postcolonial City: The Case of the Missão Evangélica Lusófona in Lisbon Workshop “Contemporary Christianities in the Lusophone World”
SOAS-University of London (London, United Kingdom)
2016/06/03 Novos padrões migratórios em Portugal: o caso da remigração guineense para o Reino Unido 6th Congress of The Portuguese Anthropological Association, “Disputed Futures”
Associação Portuguesa de Antropologia (Coimbra, Portugal)
2016/06/02 “Os meus filhos vão sentir a doçura da Guiné” 6th Congress of The Portuguese Anthropological Association, “Disputed Futures”
Associação Portuguesa de Antropologia (Coimbra, Portugal)

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2019/07/04 - Current MAYS 2019 - Medical Anthropology Young Scholars. Workshop 1: "On healing and religion again: on the manifold aspects of making research in these two competing and converging fields" (2019/07/04 - 2019/07/05)
Workshop (Co-organisor)
Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy
2018/09/18 - 2018/09/21 ASA 2018 – Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth, panel POL11 - “Conviviality and Religious Coexistence”. (2018/09/18 - 2018/09/21)
Symposium (Co-organisor)
University of Oxford School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, United Kingdom
2017/12/14 - 2017/12/15 Workshop “Bordering: A View from Portugal” (2017/12/14 - 2017/12/15)
Workshop (Co-organisor)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Portugal

Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Portugal
2016/06/02 - 2016/06/04 6TH CONGRESS OF THE PORTUGUESE ANTHROPOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION “DISPUTED FUTURES”, Panel T039 – “Imaginação e produção do futuro na esfera religiosa”. (2016/06/02 - 2016/06/04)
Symposium (Co-organisor)
Associação Portuguesa de Antropologia, Portugal
2016/06/02 - 2016/06/04 6TH CONGRESS OF THE PORTUGUESE ANTHROPOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION “DISPUTED FUTURES”, panel T068 – “Prática antropológica e dinâmicas de acção colectiva”. (2016/06/02 - 2016/06/04)
Symposium (Co-organisor)
Associação Portuguesa de Antropologia, Portugal

Course / Discipline taught

Academic session Degree Subject (Type) Institution / Organization
2020/02/03 - 2020/02/06 Ethnographic Methods Ethnography (Doutoramento) Escola Doutoral Pedro Hispano, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
2018/01/29 - 2018/02/01 The Essentials of Ethnography Ethnography (Doutoramento) Escola Doutoral Pedro Hispano, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
Distinctions

Other distinction

2018 Post-doc grant (competitive selection)
Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Portugal
2015 Post-doc grant (competitive selection)
Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Portugal
2009 PhD grant (competitive selection)
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal