Meet the team

Marco Di Nunzio (founder & publisher) 

an anthropologist, urban ethnographer and militant wanderer. He has spent the last ten years researching the street economy and the politics of city building in Addis Ababa. He has way too many side projects and hopes to write and research more about the politics of housing in Lagos and activism and horizons of justice in his hometown Naples. He teaches anthropology at the University of Birmingham and is the author of The Act of Living. Street life, marginality and development in urban Ethiopia.

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Fatima Raja

(coordinating editor) 

an editor who works with researchers in anthropology and sociology, and consults as an editor, writer and reporting specialist for various United Nations agencies. Formerly a newspaper editor, cricket correspondent, beekeeper and a higher education drone, she gave it all up for life on the road until the pandemic hit. 


Francesca Meloni
(poetry editor)

an urban ethnographer and Lecturer at King's College London. She has conducted research on processes of migration and social exclusion in Canada, the UK and Italy. She is interested in the different experiences of belonging of young people and the effects of legal status and racism on these experiences.

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Jose Sherwood

(visual and sound editor)

a British Mexican artist and visual anthropologist with research interests in memory, storytelling and truth-making through visual, sensory and digital methods. Since 2014, he has worked in Mexico City, investigating the ways in which families create and embody myths through storytelling. A recent graduate from the MA in Visual Anthropology at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, José is an international researcher who balances the practical and theoretical aspects of digital and visual anthropology through comics and other creative/participatory methods.


Letizia Bonanno

(visual editor)

a social anthropologist currently teaching sociology of health at Loughborough University. Besides painkillers and gendered labour regimes of care, her research deals with biomedicine and statecraft processes in austerity Greece. Using only cheap black pens, she has been experimenting with drawings and illustrations for the past six years. She has written a couple of articles on why drawing is a great methodological tool to reflect on what doing ethnographic fieldwork means and takes. She gets very emotional when she listens to HC Punk and Lana del Rey.


Asiya Islam

a sociologist and ethnographer, currently a Junior Research Fellow at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. Her research aims to address the underrepresentation of women’s experiences in studies of youth and class in the Global South, by seeking and engaging with women’s narratives about their identities and aspirations at the interconnected sites of family, work and leisure.

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Ewa Majczak


an anthropologist currently finishing her doctoral dissertation at the University of Oxford. Her research discusses issues of gender in the aftermath of Cold war reforms in Cameroon. She has a background in photography.

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Koreen Reece

an Assistant Professor in Social Anthropology at the University of Bayreuth. She conducts research in Botswana on families and the ways in which they manage -- and create -- change in contexts of crisis, specifically HIV and AIDS and the raft of governmental and non-governmental interventions launched in response. Koreen is also an experienced editor with a background in English Literature, who delights in a well-turned phrase and a well-told story.


Lindsay Sawyer

an urbanist and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. She has been doing research in Lagos for the last ten years, working to understand its urbanization processes on its own terms and creating reciprocal conversations with urban theory and methodologies. Her current project unpacks notions of urban governance. Lindsay is also an editor at CITY: Analysis of urban change, theory, action.

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Manal Massalha

an urban ethnographer and documentary photographer working on questions of urban conviviality, urban health, infrastructure, housing inequalities and their intersection with gender, race, class, and (post)coloniality. As a Consultant, she worked for UN Habitat, the WHO, UNICEF and UN Women. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, University of London.

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Orkideh Behrouzan

a physician and medical anthropologist based in London. A bilingual author and poet in Persian and English, she is the author of Prozak Diaries: Psychiatry and Generational Memory in Iran (2016, Stanford University Press). 

Her ethnographically informed creative writing has been published in journals including Consequence and Frontiers and adapted to the theatre stage in the UK. She teaches at SOAS University of London.

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(Advisors and contributors)

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Ubah Cristina Ali Farah

Ubah is a Somali Italian poet, novelist, playwright, librettist and performer. She has published two novels, Madre piccola (Little mother) and Il comandante del fiume (The commander of the river). She is the recipient of the Lingua Madre and Vittorini Prizes. In addition to her literary work, she holds a PhD in African Studies, focusing on Somali popular theatre.


David Berliner

David is a Belgian anthropologist. He is a professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He writes about social memory, nostalgia and cultural transmission. He describes himself as an immobile nomad, a nostalgic futurist, a relativist in search of universalism, a theoretical empiricist.


Alcinda Honwana

Alcinda is Professor of Anthropology and International Development. She is currently Inter-Regional Adviser on social development policy at the United Nations in New York. Her extensive research and analysis of youth politics and social movements, especially in Africa, earned her the reputation as one of the most influential scholars in the field. Her latest books include Youth and Revolution in Tunisia (2013) and The Time of Youth: Work Social Change and Politics in Africa (2012). Alcinda is the Chair of the International African Institute and an editor of the African Arguments Book Series. 

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Anand Pandian

Anand teaches anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. His recent books include A Possible Anthropology: Methods for Uneasy Times (2019) and Crumpled Paper Boat: Experiments in Ethnographic Writing (2017), which he co-edited with Stuart McLean.

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Aman Sethi

Aman is a journalist and author of A Free Man. He works on technology, surveillance, labour and autonomy.


Abdoumaliq Simone

For three decades, AbdouMaliq has worked with practices of social interchange, technical arrangements, local economy, and the constitution of power relations that affect how heterogeneous cities are lived. He has worked on remaking municipal systems, training local government personnel, designing collaborative partnerships among technicians, residents, artists, and politicians. AbdouMaliq is Senior Professorial Fellow at the Urban Institute, University of Sheffield.

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Alisse Waterston

Alisse is a professor of anthropology at City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her recent books include the graphic novel, Light in Dark Times: The Human Search for Meaning, illustrated by Charlotte Corden, and My Father’s Wars: Migration, Memory, and the Violence of a Century. She is a fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, and editor of the Berghahn Book series “Intimate Ethnography.”

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Helena Wulff

Helena is a Swedish anthropologist, professor at Stockholm University. Her research interests are in expressive cultural form and aesthetics, based on a wide range of studies of the social worlds of literary production, writing, dance and visual culture. Currently, she is engaged in a study of migrant writing in Sweden. Among her recent publications are the monograph Rhythms of Writing: An Anthropology of Irish Literature (2017) and the edited volume The Anthropologist as Writer: Genres and Contexts in the Twenty-First Century (2016).

Otherwise is published in Newport, UK