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Lisa Spinelli holds a MA in Chinese Studies and a MSc in Cultural Anthropology obtained in Venice, Beijing and Utrecht. She is currently studying for a PhD in Anthropology in Lisbon, at ISCTE/Nova Universities, and working as a visiting researcher at CRIA (Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia), where she is affiliated with NAR (Network for the Anthropology of Religion). Her research focuses on the intersections between lived religion, popular culture and well-being practices. She explores these as individual and collective creative responses in cultural contexts dominated by hegemonic political actors, with a focus on the effects of globalization. Her geographical areas of expertise are Eastern Asia (south-western China, Tibet) and Mediterranean Europe (Portugal). She conducted ethnographic research in Yunnan, China and in Lisbon, Portugal. In the first case, she studied the connections between the landscape and the religiosity of Naxi people under the influence of Chinese environmentalist policies. In the second, she explored the musical and religious practices of a group of young fado musicians living in a southern European globalized urban center. Today, she is conducting a comparative research between Tibetan and Naxi folk music and religiosity in Nepal and Yunnan.
Identification

Personal identification

Full name
Lisa Spinelli

Citation names

  • Spinelli, Lisa

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
E71B-1DD4-3383
ORCID iD
0000-0001-8750-8445

Email addresses

  • lispinelli@hotmail.it (Professional)
  • lsiai@iscte-iul.pt (Professional)

Knowledge fields

  • Social Sciences - Sociology - Anthropology
  • Humanities - Languages and Literatures - Specific Languages

Languages

Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Italian (Mother tongue)
English Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2)
Portuguese Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Chinese Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Spanish; Castilian Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2)
French Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1)
Education
Degree Classification
2021/09/20 - 2025/08/31
Ongoing
Doutoramento em Antropologia (Doutoramento)
Major in Cultural and Social Anthropology
ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal

Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Portugal
2019/08 - 2021/08
Concluded
Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformations (Master)
Major in Cultural Anthropology
Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands
"Spirituality in Contemporary Europe: Popular Beliefs and Practices among Portuguese Fado Practitioners." (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2021/03 - 2021/06
Concluded
Euro-Mediterranean Intercultural Trends" (Postgraduate Certificate)
Major in European cultures and international relations
Unione delle Università del Mediterraneo, Italy

Anna Lindh-biblioteket, Sweden
2021/03 - 2021/05
Concluded
Seminar series: "Interfacing the (In)Formal City" (Postgraduate Certificate)
Major in Urban Anthropology
Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands
2016/08 - 2018/11
Concluded
Languages and Civilizations of Asia and Mediterranean Africa (Master)
Major in Chinese Studies (Linguistics, History and Culture)
Università Ca' Foscari, Italy
"The Relational Landscape of Xinzhucun's Naxi People: An Anthropological Study of a Rural Village of North-Western Yunnan." (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
110 cum laude
2013/09 - 2018/11
Attended
DEA Seminars (Demo-Ethno-Anthropological disciplines) (Master)
Major in Cultural and Social Anthropology
Università Ca' Foscari, Italy
2015/08 - 2017/07
Concluded
Teaching Chinese to Students of Other Languages (Master)
Major in Chinese Linguistics, Comparative Cultural Analysis
Capital Normal University, China
"Traditional Values in Contemporary Chinese Fairy Tales: A Cross-Cultural Perspective." (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2012/08 - 2015/07
Concluded
Languages and Cultures and Societies of Asia and Mediterranean Africa (Bachelor)
Major in Chinese Studies (Linguistics, History and Culture)
Università Ca' Foscari, Italy
"The Long (Chinese Dragon) as a Symbolic Figure in Ancient China." (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
110 cum laude
2014/08 - 2015/01
Attended
Course in Chinese Language (Bachelor)
Major in Linguistics
Tianjin Foreign Studies University, China
Affiliation

Science

Category
Host institution
Employer
2020/09 - Current Visiting Researcher (Research) Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Portugal

Others

Category
Host institution
Employer
2018/11 - 2019/02 Assistant examiner in the department of Social Anthropology Università Ca' Foscari, Italy
2017/05 - 2017/09 Cultural mediator in Venice's International Art Exhibition (Chinese language) Università Ca' Foscari, Italy
Outputs

Publications

Online resource
  1. Spinelli, Lisa. Nunca o Fado foi tão saudade como agora: The Spirituality of Fado during the Pandemic.. 2021. https://aries.aibr.org/articulo/2021/20/3622/nunca-o-fado-foi-tao-saudade-como-agora-the-spirituality-of-fado-during-the-pandemic.
  2. Spinelli, Lisa. Lisbon and the Pandemic: Urban (In)Formal Structures and Practices. 2021. https://urbaninterfaces.sites.uu.nl/lisbon-and-the-pandemic-urban-informal-structures-and-practices/.
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. Spinelli, Lisa. "The Relational Landscape of Xinzhucun's Naxi People: An Anthropological Study of a Rural Village of North-Western Yunnan.". Master, Università Ca' Foscari, 2018.
Activities

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2021/07/27 "Nunca o Fado Foi Tão Saudade Como Agora": The Spirituality of Fado During the Covid-19 Pandemic. Humanity: Unity and Diversity. 7th AIBR International Conference of Anthropology.
AIBR Ibero-American Anthropologist Network (Vila Real, Portugal)
2021/05/15 Fado Music and Contemporary Spirituality NAR (Network for the Anthropology of Religion) Seminar Series
CRIA (Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia) (Lisbon (online), Portugal)