Giacomo Loperfido holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and the Università degli Studi di Bergamo. His research deals with questions of political violence, political radicalism, cultural enclavization, social and economic disintegration, in the wider context of global-systemic crisis and the decomposition of larger political and institutional orders. His PhD focused on the disintegration of the mechanisms of political representation between citizens and institutions during the 70’s in Rome. Within this context, he analyzed the radical reactions and political violence that emerged in the wake of this process. His PhD thesis, titled “Spontanéisme Armé et les Formes Culturelles de la Radicalisation” was awarded the highest grade by the issuing institutions École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and the Università degli Studi di Bergamo.
In recent years, Giacomo has been a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the SarchI Chair in Social Change, University of Fort Hare, where he has undertaken research around the constitutional processes of a post-apartheid identity among white middle class South Africans. In South Africa, he has also been a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, where he has developed a comparative analysis of the economic, social, cultural, and representational processes of the Cold War, with specific attention to the ways in which “internal others” were produced – locally – within this particular global frame.
Some of his publications are:
Loperfido, Giacomo, 2014. “Integralismo culturale e xenophobia”, Riccio, Bruno (ed.) Antropologia e Migrazioni. Rome: Cisu, 221-232.
Loperfido, Giacomo, (forthcoming), 2014. “Neither Left Nor Right. Crisis, Wane of Politics, and the Struggles for Sovereignty”, Focaal Blog (accepted article).
Loperfido, Giacomo, (forthcoming), 2014. “Monstres, ou: le Sommeil de la Raison Anthropologique?”. Social Anthropology (submitted article).
Loperfido, Giacomo, (forthcoming), 2014. “The Dragon’s Eggs. Identity, time and the politics of violence among neo-fascist young militants, Italy”, late 70’s, Social Analysis (submitted article).