Research Assistant Professor

Current Research

My research centers on mutual constitutions of ecologies, scientific expertise, and infrastructures as conduits for people’s claims about livelihood and moral subjectivity. I am completing a large ethnographic and archival research project that examines the dynamic multivalence of wetlands. In Turkey, as in many other places, the wetland became an important site of everyday contestations over new and foreclosed possibilities in a time of uncertain politics and in precarious and rapidly changing environments. I am also starting new research on ecological precarity and mobility across the Mediterranean. In this work, I am exploring how Turkey’s yerel tohumlar and Italy’s semi tradizionali – open-pollinated garden seed varieties – channel concerns of ethnic, regional, religious, and national belonging in a time of rising authoritarianism, increased migration and displacement, and heightened climate crisis.

Recent Publications

Scaramelli, Caterina. “The Delta is Dead: Moral Ecologies of Infrastructure in Turkey.” Cultural Anthropology 34, no. 3 (2019): 388–416.

Scaramelli, Caterina. “The Wetland is Disappearing: Conservation and Care on Turkey’s Kızılırmak Delta.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 50, no. 3 (2018): 405–25.

Scaramelli, Caterina. “Fish, Flows, and Desire in the Delta.” Anthropology News 59, no. 2 (April 2018): 3–5