Jasmine Clotilde Pisapia

Jasmine Clotilde Pisapia

Research Interests

Research Concentrations

Literary Theory, Psychoanalysis, Visual Representation (Photography and Moving Images), Historical Anthropology, Theatre and Performance, Magic and Healing Practices, Sound Studies, Political Ecology, Gender Theory


Jasmine Pisapia's doctoral research begins with the study of Italy's anthropological archive on magic and healing and traces its relationship to the representations of modernity in the postwar period through the work of Ernesto De Martino. Ethnographically, she focuses on the environmental devastation of Italy’s postindustrial South, in particular on how such toxic realities shape notions of aesthetics, inheritance and death in the city of Taranto. She is interested in ethnographic mediation in its most varied forms: writing, sound, film and photography. She worked in Montreal as a curator of experimental cinema and performance for the Festival du nouveau cinéma and for the media studies journal Intermédialités. In New York, she co-founded Columbia's CSER Media Working Group and currently is affiliated with Richard Maxwell's theater company the New York City Players, in particular on their Incoming Theater Division project. Moved by the possibilities of collaborative research, she co-founded collettivo epidemia, a research collective and independent journal invested in political ecology, aesthetics and grassroots organizations mobilized around food and agroecological practices in Italy. She continues to write, research, and curate in Italy and New York.

2020. "Visioni di polvere. Lutto, lavoro e bonifica nel cimitero di Taranto." Il ritmo dell'esperienza. Nove casi etnografici per ripensare l'etnografia dei conflitti ambientali (Valentina Bonifacio, Rita Vianello eds.), Cooperativa Libraria Editrice Università di Padova. 

2019. “L’urlo dell’asino e i suoi echi da Taranto,” Epidemia 02: L’urlo dell’asino di Michael Taussig e altre storie da Taranto: 3-11.

2017. “Slow Motion and Sports: Corporeal 'Imageries,' Hypnosis and Transfigured Time." INCITE Journal of Experimental Media 7/8: 259-275.

2016. "Through the Keyhole: (Photographic) Desire and the Astronomical Imagination,” Scapegoat: Architecture, Landscape, Political Economy, Issue 09 “The Night,” (Will Straw, Christie Pearson eds.): 259-275. 

2013. “Archives of Pathos. Image, Survival and Ernesto de Martino’s Interdisciplinary Ethnography.” Visual Ethnography 2, no. 1: 1-26.

2011. “Archives du pathos. Ernesto de Martino et la survivance.” Intermédialités 18 (automne): 45-69.


Selected Publications