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Gaibazzi Paolo 180x180 Paolo Gaibazzi, PD Dr.
Gaibazzi Paolo 180x180

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Anthropology


  • July 2020 - October 2022: Heisenberg Position on "AfroEuropean Frontiers," Chair for Social Anthropology, University of Bayreuth

Scientific Career

  • Feb. 2012 - Dec. 2019: Senior Researcher and Vice-Coordinator (2015-19) of Research Unit: “Progress: Ideas, Agents, Symbols”, ZMO–Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin
  • Mar. - July 2019: Guest Lecturer, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität, Berlin
  • July 2017: Habilitation for Professorship in Social and Cultural Anthropology granted by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research (Abilitazione Nazionale Scientifica Settore Concorsuale 11/A5, Seconda Fascia)
  • May 2017: Visiting Fellow, Academy of Advanced African Studies, University of Bayreuth
  • Oct. 2016 – Mar. 2017: Guest Lecturer, Humboldt University, Institute for Asian and African Studies (IAAW), Berlin
  • 2006 – 2016: Research Associate, Ethnological Mission in Benin and West Africa (MEBAO) (PI: A. Bellagamba), University of Milan-Bicocca. Funder: Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Clusters: “Historical Legacy and Current Practices of Mobility”; “Memories of Slavery”.
  • 2013 – 2016: Research Associate, PRIN Project “State, Plurality, Change in Africa” (PI: P. Valsecchi), University of Pavia. Funder: Italian Ministry for Education and Research.
  • Aug. - Sept. 2016: Visiting Professor of Anthropology, University Agostinho Neto, Faculty of Social Sciences, Angola
  • Oct. 2010 – Jan. 2012: Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Philology, University of Latvia, Riga
  • Aug. – Sept. 2011: African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE) Visiting Researcher, Centre for African Studies, ISCTE, Lisbon. Supported by an Exchange Visit Grant from the European Science Foundation,
  • Nov. 2005 – May 2010: PhD in Anthropology of the Contemporary World, University of Milan-Bicocca. Dissertation: “Soninke Young Men, Migration and the Dynamics of Staying Behind, The Gambia”, Supervisor: Prof. Alice Bellagamba
  • Sept. 2009 – Apr. 2010: Programme Coordinator, Postgraduate Specialisation Degree Anthropology of Migration, University of Milano-Bicocca.
  • Sept. 2004 – Sept. 2005: MSc in Visual Anthropology, University of Oxford
  • Oct. 1999 – July 2002: BA in Social Anthropology (First Class Honours), University of Kent at Canterbury
Gaibazzi Paolo 180x180

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Anthropology


I am interested in the social possibilities emerging from movement and stasis.