Curriculum

Main research interests

Anthropology of religion, death studies, shamanism, indigenous cultures, religion and popular culture (comics and video games), anthropology of music.

Education

2014-2019PhD in Religious Studies, Durham University, UK PhD Supervisors: Professor Douglas Davies and Dr. Simon Mills PhD Examiners: Professor Martin Clayton (Durham University) and Professor Fiona Magowan (Queen’s University Belfast) Dissertation title: Healing the Individual, Healing the Community Shamanic Rituals and Funerals of the Wana People of Morowali
2009-2013Master of Ethnomusicology, University of Roma “La Sapienza”, Italy Major: Ethnomusicology Minor: Religious Studies and Anthropology Mark: 110/110 cum laude
2005-2009Bachelor of Arts, University of Palermo Major: Music Minor: Anthropology, Ethnomusicology and Religious Studies Mark: 110/110

Teaching Qualification

Since 2019           Fellowship of Higher Education Academy, UK

Teaching Experience

2021Lecturer (Online) University of Padua, Italy Anthropology of death, for the post-graduate degree Death studies & the end of life for the intervention of support and the accompanying
2021Guest Lecturer (Online) University of Udine, Italy Ethnopsychiatry for the BA in socio-health professional educator
2021Guest Lecturer (Online) NOVA University Lisbon, Portugal Ethnomusicology and anthropology of emotion for the Recent Trends in Ethnomusicology module (BA)
2015 – 2019Teaching Assistant Durham University, UK Modules: “Introduction to the Study of Religion”, “Death, Ritual and Belief, Emotion”, “Identity and Religion”, and “Sects, prophets and gurus” (BA)
2017 – 2018    Lecturer Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Rome, Italy Anthropology of Death for the post-graduate degree Autopathological and microbiological diagnostic techniques
2016Guest Lecturer University of Tadulako, Indonesia Indigenous religions for the BA in Religious Studies
2010 – 2015  Guest Lecturer University of Palermo, Italy Ethnomusicology for the Music of the world course (BA)

Grants and fellowships

2015                AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (Full cover for PhD tuition fees and fieldwork, and £14054 per year)

2011                Indonesian government scholarship Darmasiswa (Full economic cover for a 6-month language and culture course in Indonesia)

2010                University “La Sapienza” of Rome scholarship Wanted the best (Full cover for MA tuition fees)

Research Experience

2019 – PresentPostdoctoral Researcher on The Healing and Emotional Power of Music and Dance project NOVA University Lisbon
2014-2019Research Assistant for Professor Douglas Davies, Durham University, UK
2016PhD dissertation fieldwork in Tana Wana, Morowali Natural reserve, Indonesia
2013Fieldwork in Tana Wana, Morowali Natural reserve, Indonesia
2011MA dissertation fieldwork in Tana Wana, Morowali Natural reserve, Indonesia

Publications

Monograph

2022                Scalici, G., Pain, Play and Music: Death and Healing Rites among the Wana, London: Bloomsbury

Articles and Book Chapters

2022                Scalici, G., Smiling pain: coping with illness and death through humour, in Religion and Senses of Humour, Stephen E. Gregg (Ed.), Sheffield: Equinox Publishing

2021                Scalici, G, Who framed Tetebua?, in Patterns Of Change In The Traditional Music Of Southeast Asia, Giovanni Giuriati (Ed.), Udine: Nota: 160-185

2020                Testoni, I.; Dorsa, M.; Iancona, E.; Scalici, G., Necronym: The effects of bearing a dead sibling’s name, in Mortality, Vol. 3, pp.1-18

2020                Scalici, G., 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) Vol. 21. 114-134

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

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

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

Conference presentations

2021                Mafia kills only in summer: the role of death, dying and mafia in the everyday life of Palermitans, The Canadian Association for Italian Studies Annual Conference, Online conference, June 4-5 and 11-12

2021                Playing together to heal together: healing, music making and playfulness among the Wana people of Morowali, The Healing and Emotional Power of Music and Dance Symposium, NOVA University Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, May 20-21

2021                Singing together to grieve together music, communitas and playfulness in the Wana funeral, Indonesia, Music, Mortality, and Ritual Symposium, Durham University, Durham, UK, May 15

2021                Healing the individual to heal the community and vice versa: shamanic rituals and funerals of the Wana people of Morowali, ASA Annual Conference, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK, March 29 – April 2

2020                (Invited) Sydney Sacred Music Festival Forum Seminar Session, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia, September 9

2020                Mafia and the city: a death studies view on the Mafia phenomenon in Palermo, Death & Culture III, York University, York, UK, September 3-4

2020                Is Fictional Death Really a Fiction? Death, readers and comic book superheroes, Alt-ac.Uk: The Conference at the End of the World, Online conference, July 14

2019                It isn’t dead yet: the conception of dead and life among the Wana people, Self-Determination in the Twilight: Reflections on Advanced Healthcare Directives, Padua, Italy, September 28

2019                The crumbling of kasintuwu: death and communitas among the Wana people of Morowali, Indonesia, Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EARS), Tartu, Estonia, June 25-29

2018                Marginalized centre: Wana people and the geography of power, Annual Conference of the British Association for the Study of Religion (BARS), Belfast, Northern Ireland, September 3-5

2018                Gender at a funeral: Roles, spaces, and time in the Wana funeral, Indonesia, ASEAS-UK Postgraduate Seminar, York, UK, April 26

2017                Music and the hidden world: the role of music in the healing ritual of Wana people, Nordoff Robbins Plus Research Conference, London, UK, December 9-10

2017                From physically dead to culturally dead: funeral rituality of Wana people, Indonesia, Death, Dying and Disposal conference, Preston, UK, September 6-10

2015                Smiling Pain: A Healing Ritual among the Wana People of Morowali, Indonesia, Biannual Conference of the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS), Vienna, Austria, August 11-14

2015                Music and emotion in the healing rituals of the Wana people, Antropologia e Musica, Palermo, Italy, April 9-10

2014                Musica e sciamanismo dei Wana di Morowali, Sulawesi Centrale, Annual Meeting of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) – Italian Committee, Rome, Italy, January 15-17

2013                The ritual music of Wana people, Central Sulawesi, Annual Conference of the International Conference for Asia Pacific Arts Studies (ICAPAS), Yogyakarta, Indonesia, November12-13

Conference Organization

2021                The Healing and Emotional Power of Music and Dance Symposium, NOVA University Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, 20-21 May

2021                Music, Mortality, and Ritual Symposium, Durham University, Durham, UK, 15 May

Memberships

Since 2020       Member of the Endilife NoteBook Research Group of the University of Padova, Padua, Italy

Since 2020       Member of the Association of Social Anthropologists, UK.

Since 2019       Membership Secretary of the Association for the Study of Death and Society (ASDS)  

2017-2019       Secretary and founder of Society for The Study of Religions, Durham University, UK

Since 2015       Member of the Advisory Board of Durham University Centre for Death and Life Studies, Durham, UK

Additional training

2018-2019       Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), Durham University, UK

2017-2018       Durham University Learning Teaching Award (DULTA), Durham University

2017-2018       Interreligious Understanding Today, Woolf Institute (Online course)

2016-2017       Religion is…, Woolf Institute (Online course)                                                             

Languages

 SpeakingReadingWriting
ItalianNativeNativeNative
EnglishExcellentExcellentExcellent
BahasaVery goodVery goodVery good
SpanishVery goodVery goodGood
WanaVery goodN/AN/A

Technical Skills

Audio Editing: Adobe Audition CC, Audacity, Cubase Pro 10, FilmoraPro

Creator and administrator of the HELP-MD project’s website (help-md.eu), of my personal website (giorgioscalici.eu) and of the Facebook page of the Durham University Centre for Death and Life Studies

Microsoft365

Teleconferencing and distance education: Cisco Webex Meeting, Google Meet, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Zoom

Video Editing: Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Elements, Filmora, Pinnacle Studio