Vignato, Silvia

Silvia Vignato is Associate Professor in anthropology at the Università di Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB). Beside a monography about Indonesian Tamil migrants, other Sumatranese ethnic minorities and their levels of subjective integration into the State (Au nom de l’hindouisme, L’Harmattan, 2001), she has published articles and edited collections about Malaysian factory workers and about post-conflict and post-disaster young Acehenese people (children, teenagers, young parents). She now carries out research on work, marginal environments, gender, evolving structures of families (with a focus on matrifocality) and independent children in Indonesia (Aceh) and Malaysia.

She was WP leader in Seatide (Southeast Asia: Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of Exclusion), 7th Frame Project of the European Commission and is now in charge of a section in Crisea, a Horizon 2020. She was chief editor in Antropologia and is currently president of Euroseas (European Association of Southeast Asian Studies). She has recently edited Dreams of Prosperity: Inequality and Integration in Southeast Asia, Silkworm, Chiang Mai, in press.

Summary of Project:

Silvia Vignato, anthropologist at the Università di Milano-Bicocca, coordinates the group of CRISEA researchers in WP2 specifically adopting a bottom-up methodology to study welfare as in connection to work/unemployment in some Southeast Asian countries. She aims to develop a local knowledge about how “workers” (groups of workers, unemployed people, former workers, retired or old workers, formal workers, informal workers, migrant workers, “illegal” workers, unpaid workers, highly paid workers) conceive their and their ascendants-descendants-relatives personal security and well being in the interface with different kinds of welfare, state organized as well as based on networking, kinship or other relational practices. Her personal contribution to the research concerns the construction of a “safe transgenerational self”  for low-skilled workers in the circuit linking Aceh, Batam and Malaysia.


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