Emanuel Valentin

PhD Student, Faculty of Education, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, President of EVAA (South Tyrol Anthropological Association)

Emanuel is a social and cultural anthropologist. He graduated in 2007 with an MA degree in social and cultural anthropology, ethnology and religious studies from Eberhard Karls University Tübingen (Germany), with a thesis about ritual and social change among Sicilian migrants in Germany. Currently, he is a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. He is the President of EVAA (South Tyrol Anthropological Association).

Emanuel is member of the Ladin community, a Raetoroman language minority group which lives in the Dolomites, a mountain landscape inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2009. Attempting to contribute both empirically and theoretically to the “decolonization of science,” Emanuel decided to do his PhD research in/on/with his own community by examining critically at what participative and community-based approaches in identification and safeguarding of heritage could look like.

Emanuel’s interest in cultural heritage, especially intangible heritage, arose thanks to his involvement as researcher from 2010-2013 in the project “E.CH.I. Italo-Swiss Ethnographies for the Valorization of Intangible Heritage”, in which seven institutions from Italy and Switzerland built up an online inventory of “living traditions” in the border area between Switzerland and Italy.

The IPinCH topics Emanuel is especially interested in are: community involvement, decolonizing methodologies, access to knowledge, participatory action research and collaborative research, visual anthropology, capacity building, (indigenous) (intangible) cultural heritage, participatory data management, digital archives, heritagisation of geomorphological sites, indigenous anthropology, (indigenous) knowledge, minority communities, community-based safeguarding of heritage.