01/10/2019 – PresentNOVA University Lisbon
Post-Doc on “The Healing and Emotional Power of Music and Dance”


01/10/2014 – 27/08/2019Durham University
PhD Religious Studies
Emotion, religion and music among the Wana people of Morowali: Sense of community, shamanism and death. Supervisors: Prof. Douglas Davies and Dr. Simon Mills. Examiners: Prof Fiona Magowan and Prof. Martin Clayton.  
01/10/2009 – 22/01/2013Sapienza University of Rome
MA in Ethnomusicology, with honors

When we did not have the guitar: traditional and ritual music of the Wana people.  
01/10/2005 – 18/03/2009University of Palermo BA in Music Studies, with honors

Research Interests

  • Death studies
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Shamanism
  • Religious Studies

Other Qualifications

2018 – 2019Durham University Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice  
2017 – 2018Durham University Durham University Learning Teaching Award (DULTA)  
2017 – 2018Woolf Institute Interreligious Understanding Today Certificate, online course  
2016 – 2017Woolf Institute Religion is… Certificate online course            

Field Research

2016 – 2016Six months of doctoral field research in the natural reserve of Morowali, Sulawesi, Indonesia.  
2011 – 2011Six months of field research in the natural reserve of Morowali, Sulawesi, Indonesia.


2015 – AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership

2017 – Shortlisted for the Photographic contest “Dying Matters – Celebrating Life in the Face of Death”

2011 – Indonesian government scholarship “Darmasiswa”

2010 – University “La Sapienza” of Rome scholarship “Wanted the best”


Testoni, Ines; Dorsa, Maurizio; Iancona, Erica; Scalici, Giorgio

2020 – Necronym: The effects of bearing a dead sibling’s name, in Mortality,

Scalici, Giorgio

TBA – Pain, Play and Music: Death and Healing Rites among the Wana, London: Bloomsbury.

2020 (Accepted) – Who framed Tetebua?, in Patterns of Change in the Traditional Music of Southeast Asia, Giovanni Giuriati (Ed.), Udine: Nota.

2020 – Marginalized center: Wana people and the geography of power, in joint special issue of the Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (JISASR) and Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religions (JBASR).

2019 – Music and the invisible world: music as a bridge between different realms, in Approaches, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 150-165.

2017 – Eating together to grieve together: the funeral meal of Wana people of Morowali, FEAST journal, The Meal, Issue 3.

2013 – The ritual music of Wana people, Central Sulawesi, International Conference for Asia Pacific Arts Studies (ICAPAS), Vol. 1, No. 1, pp.19-30.

Scholarly Presentations

2020 – Alt-ac.Uk: The Conference at the End of the World, “Is Fictional Death Really a Fiction? Death, readers and comic book superheroes”

2019 – Self-Determination in the Twilight: Reflections on Advanced Healthcare Directives, “It isn’t dead yet: the conception of dead and life among the Wana people”

2019 – The European Association for the Study of Religions (BARS), “The crumbling of kasintuwu: death and communitas among the Wana people of Morowali, Indonesia”

2018 – British Association for the Study of Religion, “Marginalized centre: Wana people and the geography of power”

2018 – ASEAS-UK Postgraduate Seminar, “Gender at a funeral: Roles, spaces and time in the Wana funeral, Indonesia”

2017 – Nordoff Robbins Plus Research Conference, “Music and the hidden world: the role of music in the healing ritual of Wana people”

2017 – Death, Dying and Disposal, “From physically dead to culturally dead: funeral rituality of Wana people, Indonesia”

2015 – ICTM – Italian Committee, “Musica e sciamanismo dei Wana di Morowali, Sulawesi Centrale”

2015 – EUROSEAS, “Smiling Pain: A Healing Ritual among the Wana People of Morowali, Indonesia”

2013 – International Conference for Asia Pacific Arts Studies, “The ritual music of Wana people, Central Sulawesi”

Teaching Experience:

2015 – 2019Durham University Teaching Assistant Level 1 Course “Introduction to the Study of Religion” Teaching Assistant Level 2 Course “Death, Ritual and Belief” Teaching Assistant Level 3 Course “Emotion, Identity and Religion”
 Work involved Marking, planning and implementing seminar work.
 For Death, Ritual and Belief and Emotion, Identity and Religion, lectured on course sections regarding death, emotion and music. For Introduction to the Study of Religion, lectured on course section regarding shamanism.  
2017 – 2018Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Rome Guest Lecturer for the first level Professional Master’s Programmes in “Autoptic, histopathological, microbiological and radiological diagnostic techniques”  
2016University Tadulako, Palu, Indonesia Guest Lecturer for the Religious Studies module (MA in Religious Studies)  
2010 – 2015University of Palermo, Italy Guest Lecturer for the Music of the World module (MA in music disciplines)

Administrative Experience

2019 – PresentAssociation for the Study of Death and Society (ASDS)
 Membership Secretary
2014 – 2019  Durham University Research Assistant to Professor Douglas James Davies
 Work involved conducting literature reviews, preparing materials for submission to granting agencies and foundations, managing and responding to project related email, preparing, maintaining, and updating website materials, attending meetings and taking minutes

2017 – 2019      Secretary and founder of Society for the Study of Religions at Durham University

Archivist Experience:

2017 – 2018Discovery Museum, Newcastle Placement
2012 – 2012Ethnomusicological Archive of “Accademia Santa Cecilia”, Rome Internship

Professional Affiliations:

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Dying matters

Advisory Board of the Durham University Centre for Death and Life Studies

Association for the Study of Death and Society (ASDS)

Language proficiencies:

Italian – Native

English – Speaking: Fluent; Reading: Fluent; Writing: Fluent. Certificate of Proficiency in

English TOEFL 2014)

Spanish – Speaking: Very good; Reading: Fluent; Writing: Very good. Diploma 2005

Indonesian – Speaking: Very good; Reading: Basic; Writing: Basic. Conversational level PBIPA

Wana – Speaking: Very good; Reading: N/A; Writing: N/A.