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Paolo Heywood

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Junior Research Fellow
Social Anthropology
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01223 334402
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I am a social anthropologist interested in political activism, ethics and projects of self-cultivation, financial regulation, and the intersection of philosophy and anthropology. My PhD focused on queer activism in the Italian city of Bologna, and the paradoxical ways in which people can be brought together by a rejection of identity politics. I have also published a number of contributions to debates surrounding the notion of ‘ontology’ in anthropology and other social sciences. I am currently involved in two ongoing research projects: an investigation into the ways in which ‘judgment’ is cultivated, monitored, and exercised by regulators at the Bank of England; and a large-scale comparative study of the notion of ‘free speech’ in Europe.

Research Interests: 

Italy, Europe, the anthropology of ethics, gender and sexuality, identity and difference, activism, Catholicism, philosophy and anthropology, finance.

Teaching And Professional Interests: 

I have been lecturing in the Division of Social Anthropology since 2014, and teach a number of courses based on my research interests. I have also supervised across all Parts of the Social Anthropology section of the HSPS Tripos, as well as the MPhil course in Social Anthropology.


MA (Cantab), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Cantab).


Making a difference: ethics, activism, and anthropological theory.


Under contract. Making a difference: ethics, activism, and anthropological theory. Berghahn: Oxford.

2015. Agreeing to disagree: LGBTQ activism and the Church in Italy. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 5: 59-78.

2015. Equivocal locations: being ‘red’ in ‘Red Bologna’. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 21: 855-871.

2015. Freedom in the code: the anthropology of (double) morality. Anthropological Theory 15: 200-217.

2014. Neoliberal nation? Mobbing and morality in northern Italy. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 20: 151-153.

2013. One more turn and you’re there. Anthropology of this Century 7. With James Laidlaw.

2012. Anthropology and what there is: reflections on ‘ontology’. Cambridge Anthropology 30: 143-151.

2009. The two burials of Aldo Moro: sovereignty and governmentality in the anni di piombo. Cambridge Anthropology 29: 1-29.

2009. Topographies of love: two discourses on the Russian mail-order bride industry. Cambridge Anthropology 29: 26-45.

2009. Conference review: the topography of happiness. Cambridge Anthropology 29: 104-107.

2009. Internet-svakha. In Topografiya Schast’ya: Russkaya Svad’ba (ed.) Olga Sosnina. Tsaritsino Museum: Moscow.

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