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Daniele Stolfi

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Year of start: 2010
Subject: Medical Anthropology

Research Topic/Provisional Dissertation Topic:

Refracted Truths:  Mediating Constructions of Identity through the Illness and Healing Experience of Homeless Native American Men along the Wasatch Front, Utah.


David Napier
Juliet Mitchell (School in Psychoanalytic Studies)
Roland Littlewood

Research interests

General areas of interest include spirituality, creativity and healing as performative and symbolic embodiment of social and cultural value and how this informs our understanding of social medicine across cultures, particularly from the perspective of masculine ideologies, masculine marginalization, and male resistance to help-seeking. Specific areas of interest include the illness and healing experience of Great Basin Native Americans, with an emphasis on Native American men in urban settings; adult male homelessness as an autonomous and non-representational spatial practice; and Mormonism as cultural production.

Academic Background/Education

2010 - MSc Medical Anthropology, University College London
2008 - MA Dramatherapy, University of Plymouth
– BA Honours, University of South Africa
1979 – BA, University of Witwatersrand

Conference Papers

  • ‘Hearts of Silence: Men and Restricted Emotionality - Affective Illiteracy or Strategic Resistance?’ – European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education Conference, Lucca, Italy, 2011.


  • Stolfi, D. (2011): “Jonathan Shailor, Performing New Lives: Prison Theatre” – Review. Dramatherapy 33:3, 176-178.
  • Stolfi, D. (2011): “Crossing Thresholds: Therapeutic Uses of Puppetry as a Dramatherapy Medium with Adult Populations.” European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education (ECArTE electronic publication).
  • Stolfi, D. (2010): “The Hunter’s Son: Reflections on a Therapeutic Puppetry Performance.” Dramatherapy 31: 3, 15-18.


Departmental Research Bursary 2011-12

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