Organisation och personal

Mirko Pasquini

doktorand vid Institutionen för kulturantropologi och etnologi, Kulturantropologiska avdelningen

Thunbergsvägen 3 H
Box 631
751 26 UPPSALA

Nyckelord: body medical anthropology vulnerability emergency construction global health actor network theory

Mina kurser


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September 2016

Doctoral student in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Uppsala and member of the "Engaging Vulnerability" project:

2014-2015 (academic year): 

Master in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at the University of Bologna (third session of graduation, march 17th 2016) (research interests: medical anthropology), title of the dissertation: “Beyond Mental Health, Bodies, Objects and Efficacy. An Ethnography of a Sewing Workshop”,  graduate full marks with honors.

August 2014- December 2014 (Overseas study period): 

Winner of the “Overseas” scholarship to study abroad at “Indiana University” of Bloomington IN, USA.

April 2014- June 2014: 

Course on Primary Health Care (PHC), certification of attendance and contribution to the C.S.I. (Center for international Health of Bologna) 

Febburary 2012: 

Visual Anthropology field research “Sardegna 2012, il Carnevale Barbaricino” with I.R.F.O.S.S. (Institution for Research and Formation on Social Sciences). 

2009- 2013: 

Bachelor degree in “Anthropological Science” the University of Bologna (research interests: medical anthropology), title of the dissertation: “The Improper Health, Social Problems in The Emergency Department”, graduate full marks with honors 


The construction of the “improper user” in the Triage process of an Emergency Department in Northern Italy. 

The research project aims at addressing how some users of Emergency Departments are thought of as improper. In so doing, the ethnographic research will focus on the role of official and unofficial practices in defining appropriateness inside the Triage evaluation process (that is the sorting of patients according to the urgency of their need). I will rely on the description of everyday practice to foreground spaces of iteration and reinvention of the standard Triage process, unveiling daily affirmation and questioning of medical epistemology.

Furthermore, emergency wards are unique places of observation where fights between biomedical criteria and grassroots health needs literally explode, especially when emergent urban vulnerabilities, in particular due to the economic crisis, are bounded together into the same category of illegitimate users (homeless people, drugs addicts, migrants, disabled and lonely elderly people).

Through analyzing the dynamic entanglement of ploys, official practice and department material setting, I will address the daily negotiation of what constitutes an emergency inside the Emergency Department. Addressing this issue of access to treatment is fundamental to rethink vulnerability as capable of leading to social change, highlighting social injustice and advocating claims for a broader part of society.

Research questions:

  1. What is the role of ploys into the E.D. daily practice, and in the Triage process in particular?
  2. On what kind of basis are improper claims thought of as illegitimate inside the department?
  3. On the base of the previous findings, how do the department setting (care relations, outside inside interactions) is redefined through unofficial practice?


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