Postdoctoral Fellow at the INET-md, University of Aveiro. He received his PhD from the University of Granada (2013), a 1 year MA in Scienze della Cultura from the Collegio San Carlo di Modena (2006) and a graduation in humanities – ethnomusicology chair – from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (2005). He has been postdoctoral fellow (2013-2014), researcher (2010-2013) and recipient of scholarship (2008-2009) at the University of Granada, where he also taught from 2009 to 2014 in anthropology, sociology, education, tourism and social work graduation programs. He carried out ethnographic music-related research in Portugal (2002-2004, with afro-lusitan rappers) and Colombia (2009-2013, on music and ethnicity). During the last one, he began to use participatory audio-visual methodologies and realized music videos with some research subjects. He realized the documentary film Por la verea. Routes of transhumance in Andalusia (2013, 41'), that has been shown in ethnographic film festival and bought by the RAI – Radiotelevisione Italiana; and the testimony film Testimonios de usuarios y familiares PEPSA (2014, 30'), with users of the only existing therapeutic heroine supplying centre in Spain. He also worked in international cooperation for the NGO Vides Internazionale in Gran Buenos Aires (2006-2007). Currently, he is designing a participatory action research project on artistic performative practices about the European Union in times of crisis. He is also a member of the research team of the project Emergent Processes and Agencies of the Commons: Collaborative Social Research Praxis and New Forms of Political Subjectivation, directed by prof. Aurora Álvarez Veinguer (U. of Granada). The most part of his academic publications is accesible at https://aveiro.academia.edu/DarioRanocchiari
Ginger/Europe is an archipelago. Participatory ethnography of performative ‘artivist' practices in the European Union in times of crisis
This project seeks to address the emergence of new modalities of activist actions during and after the demonstrations of 2011 against the austerity measures in the European Union. Its aim is to study the ‘artivist’ (artistic + activist) performative practices that address the idea of ‘the European Union at the time of the crisis’, and that involve musical, choreographic or theatrical elements. At the same time, in calling upon the performing social movements, artivist collectives and individuals to participate actively in it, the project wants to try out an innovative ethnographic research praxis that centres on symmetric participation and on an intense synergy between academic and non-academic research, and artistic practice. It has a highly transdisciplinary approach by going beyond the conventional limits that distinguish between social sciences, humanities, artistic and activist practices. Its methodological framework involves new concepts and dimensions (e.g. ‘transmodality’), but it is nonetheless solidly founded upon the existing literature on participatory action-research and ethnography. Audio-visual and new media research techniques play an essential role in this methodology, and the principal final outcomes (a public audio-visual archive, a non-linear web documentary, and a series of open source analytic texts) will be characterised by a constructive tension between expert and grassroots knowledge. Engaging people from at least 7 European member states, the project long for improving the transnational networks between the artivist subjects and the European citizenship in general, engaging them in a wide ‘performative debate’ on the idea of EU in times of crisis. Unlike recent anti-European social trends –widely spread along the European countries in times of crisis– this project constitute an exciting room for a trans-European, constructive discussion about the consequences of the economic crisis on our idea of Europe as a Union.