MFEA-EVAA Ethnocafé

The MFEA-Malinowski Forum for Ethnography and Anthropology and EVAA-the Anthropological Association South are pleased to invite you to the Ethnocafé by Dr. Valentina Fusari on mixed unions, genealogical resources and migration dynamics in colonial and postcolonial Eritrea, on 18 December at 6 p.m. online in Italian language.

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MFEA-EVAA Seminar

The MFEA-Malinowski Forum for Ethnography and Anthropology, and EVAA-the Anthropological Association South are pleased to invite you to the socio-cultural anthropology seminar by Dr. Federica Toldo on ritual and kinship relationality within three Angolan dances in connection to the history of slavery in this country, on 11 December at 5 p.m. online in Italian language.

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The Malinowskis in South Tyrol: A Relational Biography of People, Places and Works in Bérose – Encyclopédie internationale des histoires de l’anthropologie

Salvucci, Daniela, Elisabeth Tauber & Dorothy L. Zinn, 2019. The Malinowskis in South Tyrol: A Relational Biography of People, Places and Works, in Bérose – Encyclopédie internationale des histoires de l’anthropologie, Paris.

This article draws on biographical and bibliographical sources, as well as on archival data, in order to examine two under-investigated and intertwined aspects of the life and career of Bronislaw Malinowski (1884-1942): his working collaboration with his first wife, the Australian writer and journalist Elsie Masson (1890-1935), and their connection to South Tyrol (Northern Italy), where they lived in 1920s and 1930s and where they purchased a house that is still in the family. We aim to highlight the biographical relationality between the Malinowskis, some of their friends, relatives and colleagues, the places they inhabited, the houses in which they dwelled and the works they produced in that period and left to us. The research upon which this essay is based was conducted under the aegis of the Malinowski Forum for Ethnography and Anthropology (MFEA), coordinated by Dorothy Zinn and Elisabeth Tauber with the scientific collaboration of Daniela Salvucci at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.


ANUAC vol 7 n 2 (2018) The Malinowskian legacy in ethnography

Elisabeth Tauber, Dorothy L. Zinn, 2018. Back on the verandah and off again: Malinowski in South Tyrol and his ethnographic legacy, in ANUAC Rivista della società italiana di antropologia culturale, Vol 7, n. 2, pp. 9-25


This essay introduces Anuac’s thematic section on Malinowski from two perspectives. The first part looks at Malinowski and Elsie Masson’s life in South Tyrol, contemplating the historical-political context of the region and bringing to light the Malinowski family’s presence and relations in the local setting. The verandah of the villa in Oberbozen is the starting point for a panoramic look on the land and its people, serving as a frame for a reconsideration of Malinowski. The second part traces the development of Malinowski Forum for Ethnography and Anthropology (MFEA) at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, a project that since 2016 has been bringing to light new knowledge about the Malinowskis’ presence in South Tyrol. The Malinowski Forum is the backdrop to a Symposium that stimulated the articles presented here, with the aim of reflecting on ethnography today in terms of its continuities and discontinuities with respect to the canon established by Malinowski nearly a century ago.


Helena Malinowska Wayne (17 May 1925 – 31 March 2018)

Helena Paula Wayne, 1953
Helena Paula Wayne, 1953

On behalf of the staff of MFEA-The Malinowski Forum for Ethnography and Anthropology project, we honour the memory of Helena Wayne, née Malinowska, who recently died in Brighton, England, at the age of 92.

Helena Malinowska was the third, and last surviving, daughter of the Polish social anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski and his wife, the Australian journalist Elsie Masson. She was born in Bolzano-Bozen in 1925.

Her work and research deeply inspired the MFEA project, prompting us to investigate the life and work not only of Bronislaw Malinowski but also of Elsie Masson, and their strong connection to South Tyrol.

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