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Leide Porcu

Columbia University

Sardinian Hybrid Memories: A Recapitulation of Conflicting Histories in the Making of the "I"


Leide Porcu received her B.A. in French Literature from the University of Cagliari, Italy. Subsequently, she completed a Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology at Columbia University. Her dissertation is entitled "The Way We Deal with Harsh Reality: Humor and Theft. The Rhetorics of Stealing, Selling, Hoarding and Humor in the Fish Market of Cagliari, Italy." She is also currently in training at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, NY. Her work is interdisciplinary and draws from the theoretical traditions of Anthropology, Psychoanalysis, and Literature.
At the Italian Academy, Leide Porcu is studying emigration and imagination. Her work focuses on Sardinian emigration to the Italian Peninsula and New York, and how Sardinian traditions and practices of the past have survived emigration. She is exploring these hybrid traces of history to show how they have empowered and enriched the lives of Sardinians and their sense of self.