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Francesco Faeta was born in Rome, where he attended  the University "La Sapienza" and where he lives.  

He graduated with a fieldwork thesis in Sociology with professor Franco Ferrarotti, in 1969. He has carried out studies as a research volunteer assistant at the Institute of Sociology of  "La Sapienza" and was, first, an adjunct professor and, later, a researcher at the University of Calabria (Campus Arcavacata of Rende), from 1980 to 1988; to follow was an associate professor at the University of Messina, from 1989 to 2001. Since 2001, he is professor of the M-DEA/01 area (Disciplines ETHNOGRAPHY, ANTHROPOLOGY FOLKLORE), at the University of Messina, where he teaches Cultural Anthropology and Visual Anthropology and has been Coordinator of the PhD "Anthropology, historical and linguistic studies" (Doctoral School in Cognitive Sciences) from XXII to the XXVIII cycle. He now teaches also Visual Anthropology at the School of Specialization in Cultural Heritage (postgraduate) of University "La Sapienza".

He has taught on invitation or contract, and held series of seminars, at many universities in Italy and abroad (University of Calabria, University of Rome "La Sapienza", University of Siena, University of Turin, Institute "Suor Orsola Benincasa" of Naples, University "Federico II" of Naples, University of Salzburg, University of Toulouse, University of Paris "La Sorbonne", École Pratique des Hautes Études, École Française de Rome, University of Valladolid, University of A Curuña, Columbia University, New York, etc.). He has been Director of Studies invited to École Pratique des Hautes Études ("La Sorbonne") in 2004, and fellow and associate researcher of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University in New York, in 2012.

He carried a long practice of ethnographic and anthropological researches (1975-2016) in Europe (Calabria, Lucania, Sardinia, Lombardia, Castilla y Mancha, Maramuřeş), with particular attention to Southern Italy, and worked specifically on visual ethnography and visual anthropology, social and cultural organization of space and architecture, folk architecture and ritual spaces, museography and museology, the popular religiosity and the festive dynamics.  He  dealt with the relationships between Anthropology and History, with particular reference to the religious context; the study of cultural events and the imaginary underlying the formation of the national ideology and the Nation-State form; the study, on a European scale, in the theoretical perspective of the anthropology of memory, of cemeteries and mnemonic techniques in urban and rural areas.

Photographer and ethnographic filmmaker, he has produced (or collaborated on) some films for RAI (Italian National Broadcasting Company). Numerous exhibitions of his images have been hosted in the main Italian cities and abroad (Berlin, Zurich, Berne, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Valladolid). His essays and his ethnographic photographs have appeared in the most accredited Italian scientific journals and in some of the most qualified foreign magazines, including, in France, "Terrain" and "Gradhiva". His essays or books have been translated  into French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Hungarian.

He was the creator and curator of important exhibitions of Photography (with the catalog care) in cultural institutions or national museums of Rome, such as the National Gallery of Modern Art (1980), the "Palazzo Braschi" Museum (1984), the National Institute for Graphics and Engraving (1989), the International Festival "Photography" (2006), the National Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions (2015-2016).

He was in the scientific reorganization staff of the "Casa Museo" of Palazzolo Acreide (Siracusa), of the "Museum of Folklore 'Raffaele Corso'" of Palmi (Reggio Calabria), and was the founder and scientific director of "Museum of Economy, Labour and Social history of the  Sila highlands" of San Giovanni in Fiore (Cosenza). He has been a member of the Scientific Council of the IDEA (Central Institute for Folkloric, Ethnological, Anthropological Studies), from May 2013 to May 2016, and of the Scientific Committee of the "International Puppet Museum 'Antonio Pasqualino' '' of Palermo (starting from 2016).

He was Director of Research under the Targeted Project "Cultural Heritage" of National Council of Researches - C.N.R.  (Project of primary national interest), and subsequently of the PRIN of the Ministry of Education (1998-2002), and was a member of the National Commission of Study on Cultural Heritage instituted by the Minister of Culture, from 1998 to 2002. He has been  a founding member  of the AISEA (Italian Association of Ethno-Anthropological Sciences), and is currently a member of its Steering Board, and also a member of the Executive Committee of the SISF (Italian Society for the Study of Photography). He is a member of the Italian National Commission of UNESCO.

He has been invited speaker or chairman in numerous national and international conferences and seminars in Italy and abroad, and has played consistently as expert reviewer and evaluator in several rounds of national academic competitions and in ANVUR - National Agency for the Valuation of the University System and of Research (ASN and VQR), from the birth of the Agency to date. 

He is part of the Editorial Board of the international studies, English language, magazine, "Visual Ethnography"; of the Scientific Committee of the magazine" Antropologia" and of the Editorial Board of "RSF - Journal of Photography Studies ". He runs for the Editor Franco Angeli in Milan, the collection of studies  "Imagines. Visual studies and practices of representation".

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