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Cecilia Pennacini (Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology, Univ. of Turin) teaches Ethnology and Visual Anthropology at Turin University and Suor Orsola Benincasa Univesity of Naples. She has gained her PhD in Cultural Anthropology at Turin University (1996). Since 1988 she carries out researches in the African Great Lakes region (especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Burundi, in Tanzania and in Uganda) about themes like aesthetics, visual anthropology, symbolic and religious anthropology, focusing in particular on the study of spirit possession. Since 2004 she is director of Italian Ethnological Mission in Equatorial Africa.

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Francesco Remotti teaches Cultural Anthropology at the University of Turin where he is the Director of the Master Course in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology. He has carried out ethnohistorical researches on Equatorial African kingdoms. In 1979 he has established the Italian Ethnological Mission in Zaire, later known as Italian Ethnological Mission in Equatorial Africa. Since the Seventies he works in the Kivu region (Democratic Republic of Congo), focusing on Banande’s history and culture.

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Serena Facci (Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, Univ. of Rome Tor Vergata) teaches Ethnomusicology at the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy at Rome University “Tor Vergata”. Member of the Missione Etnologica Italian since 1986, she has carried out researches in the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire), Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda, mainly focusing on relations between music and society.

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Vanna Crupi (PhD candidate, University of Rome La Sapienza), graduated with a dissertation in Ethnomusicology about the endara xylophone, she is member of the Missione since 2005 and she studies Ugandese musics. She is now working at her PhD theses entitled “Relations between music and language in konzo culture (Uganda): vocal repertories, sung proverbs, poetical and narrative genres”.

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Luca Jourdan, Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Bologna, teaches Cultural Anthropology and Political Anthropology. He has worked within International Cooperation (Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo and Vietnam) and he is carrying out researches in the Great Lakes region, especially in Congo and Uganda, focusing on conflicts in present-day Africa, youth and childhood crisis, informal economies and the frontier.

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Cristina Zavaroni (Master in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Univ. of Turin). Intercultural educator since 1992, Cristina Zavaroni gained a Master of Science in “Anthropology of Learning and Cognitione” at the London School Of Echonomics in 2003 and she is currently attending the Master di II livello in Ethnomedicine and Ethnopsychiatry at Genoa University. She has carried out field work since 2004 (Togo, Uganda) and she is currently working in Bakonzo area for the Missione.

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Stanley Baluku (Master in History, Makerere University). Central to his research are the history of environmental heritage, the communal projects, the preservation of traditional cultural heritage. He took part to Missione’s work and to the organization of the conference “Rwenzori: Cultures and Histories of an African Mountain in the context of the Great Lakes Region” in June 2006, he has carried out a research about historical sites in the Rwenzori National Park (2007) sponsored by the African Program in Museum and Heritage Studies and he has worked with the Western Cape University for ethnographic researches. He is currently member of the Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu (Rwenzururu kingdom) Recognition Council, konzo cultural institution.

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Alessandro Gusman (PhD in Anthropological Sciences at Turin University). He carried out field work in Uganda; his main interests are anthropology of religions, urban anthropology and sensoriality.

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Henri Mèdard is lecturer (Maitre de Conférence) in African History at Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, Centre d’Etudes des Mondes Africains. He is a specialist in pre-colonial history of Eastern and Central Africa. Among is most recent publications, Le royaume du Buganda au XIX siècle. Mutations politiques et religieuses d’un ancien Etat d’Afrique de l’Est (2007) and Slavery in the Great Lakes Region of East Africa (co-editor with Shane Doyle, 2007).

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Anna Baral is a Master Student in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at the University of Turin.

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Francesca Rosa is a Master Student in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at the University of Turin.

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Sara Gardoncini is a Master Student in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at the University of Turin.

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Ilaria Buscaglia is a Master Student in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at the University of Turin.