Elisa Spampinato – our newest associate

Elisa Spampinato – our newest associate

Elisa Spampinato is a researcher and consultant based in London, with a varied international background. She studied Anthropology and Sociology at the University La Sapienza in Rome and completed her studies with field research in Brazil, focusing on local governance and experiments in direct democracy. Since 2005 her work has included participation at international seminars and diverse research projects in both Italy and Brazil. Elisa has worked in Brazil as a consultant and researcher, collaborating with the Federal University of…

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The women of the Jequitinhonha Valley

The women of the Jequitinhonha Valley

A guest blog by Elisa Spampinato Fighting with art for their independence The Jequitinhonha Valley (in Minas Gerais, Brazil), once a prosperous region whose economy was driven by the gold mines, today is one of the poorest areas in Brazil. Poor only from an economic perspective – very rich in culture and humanity. The inhabitants of the valley are mainly women, known as “the widows with alive husbands”. In fact, due to lack of employment in the region, the men…

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