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Ester Gallo

Research Fellow, Cultural Pluralism  


Email: ester.gallo@eui.eu

Tel. [+39] 055 4685 784





Biographical Note

Ester Gallo holds a BA in Philosophy and Social Sciences and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Siena (Italy), and has been Marie Skłodowska Curie Visiting Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Migration Studies (SCMS), University of Sussex (UK). Between 2005 and 2011 she has held research and teaching positions in Anthropology, Migration Studies and South Asian Studies at the University of Sussex (Department of Anthropology and SCMS), the University of Edinburgh (Department of Anthropology and Centre for South Asian Studies) and the University of Perugia (Dipartimento ‘Uomo e Territorio’). Between 2011 and 2016 she has been Assistant Professor in Sociology and Anthropology at Gediz University (Izmir, Turkey). Ester has joined the Global Governance Program – Cultural Pluralism Research Area in October 2016 as a Research Fellow to work with Anna Triandafyllidou on the management of religious and cultural diversity in south/southeast Asia, in the context of a wider pluri-annual research programme on Globalising and Pluralising Culture: A Comparative Perspective.


Research Interest

Migration and religion; diaspora and transnationalism; gender and family relations; migrant care/domestic labour; colonial history and memory; global middle-classes; new mobilities and ethnographic methods. On these topics she has conducted extensive research in India, Italy and UK, and more recently in Turkey.



Italian: Native

English: Fluent

French: Very good

Turkish: Intermediate

Spanish: Intermediate


Selected Publications

Authored Books

  • 2017 (in press): The Fall of Gods. Memory, Kinship and Middle Classes in South India. New Dehli: Oxford University Press.   
  • 2016 (co-authored with F.Scrinzi) ‘Migrant Men, Masculinities and Reproductive Labour. Men of the Home. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship Series). With a Foreword by Raewyn Connell. 

Edited Volumes and Special Issues  

  • 2015 (with Anthony Goreau-Ponceaud) L’immigration Sud-Asiatique en France: Routes Migratoires, Parcours de Santé et Intégrations, Guest co-Editor – Special Issue for Migrations Société Revue 161 (September-October).
  • 2014 (ed) Religion and Migration in Europe. Comparative Perspectives on South Asian Experiences. Farnham: Ashgate.

Journal Articles

  • 2016 (in press) ‘Diaspora by Design? Conversion and Belonging in Contemporary Global Catholicism’ Diaspora. A Journal of Transnational Studies.
  • 2016 (with F.Scrinzi) ‘Outsourcing elderly care to migrant workers. The impact of gender and class on the experience of male employers’ Sociology 50(2): 366-382. Online: http://soc.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/04/28/0038038515573688.full.pdf.
  • 2015 ‘Village Ethnography and Kinship Studies. Perspectives from India and Beyond’ Critique of Anthropology 35(3): 248-62.
  • 2015 ‘The Irony of Kinship. Conflicts and the Control of Emotions among Malayali Migrants’ Emotions, Space and Society 16: 108-115. Online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2014.12.001
  • 2013 ‘Migrants are Not All the Same. Families, Remittances and Morality in Southern India’ Migration Letters 10 (1, January): 33-46.
  • 2006 ‘Italy is Not a Good Place for Men. Narratives of Place, Marriage and Masculinity Among Malayali Migrants in Rome’Global Networks: 6(4):159-174.
  • 2005 ‘Unorthodox Sisters: Gender Relations and Generational Change in Malayali Transnational Marriages’ Indian Journal of Gender Studies, vol. 12(1-2): 217-251.

Book Chapters

  • 2016 (forthcoming), ‘Similar but not quite the Same. Masculinity and Asian Catholicism in the Holy Centre of Rome’, in Yeoh, B. and Brown, B. (eds) Asian Migrations and Global Religions: Studies on Transnational religious Movements. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press (New Mobilities in Asia Series).
  • 2014   ‘A Suitable Faith. Christianity and Domestic Labour among Malayalis in Rome’. In Gallo E. (ed), Religion and Migration in Europe. Comparative Perspectives on South Asian Experience. 249-65. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • 2013  (with Silvia Sai) Should We Talk About Religions? Migrant Associations, Local Politics and Representations of Religious Diversity in Central Italy. In Mapril J. and R.Blanes (eds). The Best of All Gods. The Sites and Politics of Religious Diversity in Southern Europe, pp.279-308, Leiden: Brill.
  • 2011 ‘The Unwelcome Ethnographer, or What ‘Our’ People (May) Think of Multi-sited Research. In Coleman S. and P. von Hellerman (eds) Multi-sited Ethnography. Problems and Possibilities in the Translocation of Research Methods, 54-72. London: Rutledge.   
  • 2009 ‘In The Right Place at the Right time? Some Reflections on Multi-sited Ethnography in the Age of Migration’. In M.A. Falzon (ed) Multi-sited Ethnography. Theory, Praxis and Locality in Contemporary Social Research, pp. 87-102. Farnham: Ashgate.