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Dr. Gisella Orsini
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Dr. Gisella Orsini obtained a B.A in Intercultural Communication and a Master degree in Sociology from the University of Torino. She completed her Ph.D in Anthropology at the University of Malta in 2015, with a dissertation entitled “An imperfect body reflects an imperfect person: An ethnographic study of Eating Disorders in Malta and Italy”, due to her interest in in exploring the relation between mind, body and culture. Her ethnographic fieldwork in Malta and in Italy involved an analysis of the socio-cultural factors determining the incidence and meaning of eating disorders and was based on participant observation and supported by fieldwork in online communities.  In 2012 Dr. Gisella Orsini has also worked as a researcher for the project “Consultative Assessment on the Integration of Third Country Nationals” with the supervision of Dr David Zammit, in cooperation with the IOM (International Organisation for Migration) Malta.


Conferences and Seminars

Orsini, G. (2017). ‘Access to Medicines in small states of Europe’. Ideas in Brown Bags Research Seminar Series. Institute for European Studies – University of Malta 5 April 2017 

Orsini, G. (2016) 'Compliance and Resistance to Treatment. The Case of Eating Disorders'. 6th Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference, University of Bergamo June 9-11 2016 

Orsini, G. (2015). “Starving is not pain; it’s a cure!” An Anthropological Perspective on eating disorders in Malta and Italy. Senior Research Seminar. Department of Anthropological Sciences – University of Malta 6 March 2015.


Orsini, G. (2017). ''Hunger Hurts, but Starving Works". The Moral Conversion to Eating Disorders; Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, Vol. 41, No. 1, pp 111-141.




Anthroplogy Study-Exchanges in the EU
The Department of Anthropological Sciences has a number of active Erasmus links to various Anthropology Departments in the EU (see list below).  This results in a two-way exchange. We have hosted students from various universities who normally spend one term/semester with us. This enhances student-learning experiences.  University of Malta students of Anthropology can also take advantage of these exchange links to pursue their studies abroad.
Last Updated: 21 April 2017

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