Dr F. Cerchiaro (Francesco)
Assistant professor - Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies
Assistant professor - Radboud Social Cultural Research
Thomas van Aquinostraat 4
6525 GD NIJMEGEN
6500 HE NIJMEGEN
Francesco Cerchiaro is assistant professor at Department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and affiliated researcher at the Centre for Sociological Research (CeSO), KU Leuven (Belgium).
He is a cultural sociologist with a specific interest in the intersection of family, migration and religion. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences (2013) from the University of Padua (Italy). Before moving to Nijmegen Francesco has worked at KU Leuven as FWO senior fellow (2020-2022) with the project “Fighting for Love. Mixed/Christian-Muslim Families’ Associations in Belgium, France and Italy” and Marie Curie fellow (2018-2020) with the project “ReMix”, “Christian-Muslim families dealing with religious pluralism in everyday family life”.
His focus on mixed families and, in particular, on Christian-Muslim families, represents a way to examining cultural diversity and the wider social changes related to family, Muslim migration and religious pluralism in Europe. Next to his research on mixed families he has also conducted research on religious pilgrimages and on the phenomenon of the off-gridders. This last research exemplifies his interest for the so called “romantic turn” and its cultural consequences in the West by means of the ways people re-signify religious symbols and cultural practices. His research is characterised by the use of qualitative methods, in particular of ‘life stories’ and ethnography.
He has published in leading journals of sociology of religion (Social Compass and Journal of Contemporary Religion), gender (Journal of Gender Studies), migration (Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Identities), Sociological Theory (Sociology), and is the author of the book “Amori e confini. Le coppie miste tra islam, educazione dei figli e vita quotidiana” [Love and borders. Mixed couples amongst Islam, children’s education and everyday life] (Guida Ed., 2016).
- Cerchiaro, F. (2022). Displaying difference, displaying sameness: Mixed couples’ reflexivity and the narrative-making of the family, Sociology. Full text
- Cerchiaro, F. (2022). “When I told my parents I was going to marry a Muslim…”. Social perception and attitudes towards intermarriage in Italy, France and Belgium, Social Compass, 69(3), 329-346. Full text
- Cerchiaro, F. (2022). Advancing research in couples studies. Why, when and how to combine individual and couple interview, Quality & Quantity. Full text
- Cerchiaro, F. (2021). Dissonant masculinities? Migration, emotions and masculinities in marriages between Italian women and Moroccan men living in Italy. Journal of Gender Studies, 30(3), 256-269. Full text
- Cerchiaro, F. and Odasso, L. (2021). “Why do we have to circumcise our son?” Meanings behind male circumcision in the life stories of mixed couples with a Muslim partner, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies Full text
Research grants and prizes
- 2016 - February 2018 - February 2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Post-doctoral Fellow [Total score: 96.40/100 - Threshold: 70/100] Call: H2020-MSCA-IF-2016 Principal Investigator: Francesco Cerchiaro Funding scheme: MSCA-IF-EF-ST Proposal number: 747592 Proposal acronym: ReMix Project title: “Christian-Muslim families dealing with religious pluralism in everyday family life: Religious reconstruction in religiously mixed marriages”. Duration (months): 24
- 2018 - November 1st 2019 – November 1st 2022 FWO (Research Foundation Flanders) senior postdoctoral fellowship Call: FWO 2018 Principal Investigator: Francesco Cerchiaro Application number: 12X6120N Project title: “Fighting for Love. Mixed/Christian-Muslim Families’ Associations in Belgium, France and Italy”. Duration (months): 36