UCL Anthropology


Giulia Cavicchioli De Togni

Giulia Cavicchioli De Togni

Email: giulia.cavicchioli.14@ucl.ac.uk & 820588@stud.unive.it
Websites: https://it.linkedin.com/in/giulia-cavicchioli-de-togni-7450ba55
Year of Start: 2015
Supervisors: 1st Dr Alexandra Pillen (UCL, UK); 2nd Prof Ben Rampton (King’s College, UK); 3rd Professor Ito Kimio (Kyoto University, Japan)
Subject: Social, Linguistic, and Legal Anthropology
Fieldsites: Japan, Italy

Doctoral Project & Biographical Note

I am the teaching assistant for the module Linguistic Anthropology at University College London, and a final year PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at UCL (Final Examination scheduled in March 2019). I hold a Bachelor in Laws and Economics of East Asia (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 2011), a MPhil in Japanese Studies (INALCO Paris, Ritsumeikan University Kyoto, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 2014), and a MSc in Social Anthropology (University of Oxford, 2015). I carried out fieldwork in Japan for two years, first in 2012-2013, then in 2016-2017. My doctoral project focuses on the current living conditions of the Fukushima survivors who moved to temporary housing facilities in western Japan after the triple disaster of March 2011. The project is titled “SURVIVING THE DISASTERS: An Ethnographic Account of Japan 3.11 Survivors’ Coping Strategies with the Risk of Radiation”, and is fully funded by the AHRC/LAHP Scheme.

Research Interests

  • Social, Linguistic, and Legal Anthropology
  • Risk, Disaster, and Resilience Studies
  • Human Rights, and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Political Ecology, and Environmental Studies
  • Japanese & East Asian Studies

Presentations and Conferences

  • April 2019. Aarhus, Denmark (Annual Conference of the Japan Anthropology Workshop). Delivered a paper: “FUKUSHIMA KIZUNA: The Role of Social Bonds between NGO’s Volunteers and Nuclear Victims in Building Resilience to Crisis”.
  • November 2018. San Jose, California U.S. (American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting). Delivered a paper: “RIGHT TO EVACUATE: Language, Class and Inequality in Public Trials between Fukushima Nuclear Refugees and the Japanese Authorities”. Panel of the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology: “The Role of Language and Class in Legal Identity Formations”. Discussant: Justin Richland (University of Chicago).
  • September 2018. University of Oxford, U.K. (Annual Meeting of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth). Co-organised and chaired the panel “Semiosis as Orchestration.” Delivered a paper: “SILENT PLAYGROUNDS: Non-Verbal Communication Among Children Moving and Playing in a Multicultural Setting”. Discussant: Adam Kendon (University of Cambridge)
  • March 2018. University College London, United Kingdom. Presented my doctoral project “SURVIVING THE DISASTERS” at the “Social Anthropology PhD Presentation Day”.
  • February 2018. SOAS, United Kingdom. Japanese Studies Postgraduate Workshop. Delivered a paper on the theme “Bridging the Academic Worlds of the UK and Japan”.
  • March 2017. University of Kyoto, Japan. Delivered a paper (in Japanese): “FORGOTTEN PROTESTS: A Socio-Historical Analysis of the ‘Failure’ of Japan’s Anti-Nuclear Movement”.
  • March 2017. University of Kyoto, Japan. Co-organised and chaired the conference “3.11 - Fukushima Six Years On.” Invited at the conference were Japanese journalists, film-makers and artists who have worked in the areas affected by earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in northeastern Japan. I delivered a paper during the conference (in Japanese): “LESSONS FROM FUKUSHIMA: Building Resilience After a Nuclear Disaster”.
  • December 2016. University of Kyoto, Japan. Delivered a paper (in Japanese): “NUCLEAR PROPAGANDA: The Role of the Media in Promoting the Nuclear Industry in Japan”.

Teaching Experience

  • Post Graduate Teaching Assistant (PGTA) at UCL Anthropology for the Course Module ANTH7028, Linguistic Anthropology (2017-2018).

Experience in Humanitarian Assistance

I have volunteered for the populations affected by the Great East Japan Triple Disaster (earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear catastrophe) since April 2011, initially as an interpreter and translator at charity events, then as an organiser of regenerative camps for Fukushima children and their families in Japan and in Italy.

Education History

  • 2015-2019 PhD in Social Anthropology at University College London (U.K.)
  • 2016-2017 Visiting Research at the University of Kyoto (Japan)
  • 2014-2015 MSc Social Anthropology University of Oxford (UK)
  • 2011-2014 MPhil Japanese Studies Ca'Foscari University of Venice (Italy) cum laude
  • 2012-2013 Visiting Research at Ritsumeikan University (Japan)
  • 2011-2012 MSt in Japanese Studies INALCO Paris (France) EU Erasmus Programme
  • 2008-2011 Bachelor Degree Language, Law and Economics of Japan and East Asia Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy) cum laude

Honours, Awards & Funding

  • Won first prize at the three-minute-thesis competition of the LAHP Annual Research Day held on May 23, 2018 at Southbank Centre (London, UK)
  • PhD Funding: London Arts and Humanities Partnership (Arts and Humanities Research Council)
  • MSc Funding: Oxford University Graduate Scholarships
  • MPhil Funding and Awards: Italian Government, Erasmus scholarship, and JASSO (MEXT - Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan)
  • Bachelor Funding: Italian Government


  • Fluent: Italian (native speaker), Japanese, French, English
  • Intermediate: German, Spanish

Active Fellowships and Memberships

  • Member of the American Anthropological Association since 2018.
  • Member of the APLA (Association for Political and Legal Anthropology) since 2018.
  • Research Fellow of the JAWS (Japan Anthropology Workshop) since 2015.
  • Research Fellow of the RAI (Royal Anthropological Institute) since 2015.
  • Student Fellow of the Japan Foundation (U.K.) since 2015.
  • Student Fellow of St Antony’s College, University of Oxford since 2014.