Flavia Carraro is an anthropologist and ethnologist. She obtained her PhD at the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale - LAS and at the University of Paris 8 in 2010 and she is chercheur associé at the Centre Norbert Elias (Cnrs, Marseille) and at the Laboratoire Archéologie et Sciences de l’Antiquité - ArScAn (Cnrs, MAE, Nanterre). She has conducted research as invited researcher at the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 and she has been Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Copenhagen and DNRF’s CTR from 2014 to 2016. Since February 2017, she is postdoc researcher in the frame of the PENELOPE ERC Research Project hosted by the Institute for the History of Technology and Science of the Deutsches Museum in Munich.
Flavia Carraro’s research work focuses on technical and epistemic practices, technological devices and social structures of knowledge in both sciences and technology, and lies in the framework of the anthropology of technology and science, cultural technology, linguistic anthropology and anthropology of knowledge. Her ethnographic investigations concern the ancient as well as the modern world and different communities and scientific tribes. She is especially interested in the relation between material culture and symbolic forms as it can be explored through the intellectual and material technologies of writing and weaving from ancient times until modern innovations and computer science. In particular, her research addresses the code and coding/decoding practices of both signs and threads in an anthropological and epistemological perspective.