Caterina Scaramelli (History, Anthropology, Science, Technology, and Society, MIT)
Agrarian Studies Program Fellow
Caterina Scaramelli received her PhD in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016. She is coming to Yale from Amherst College, where she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology and the Center of Humanistic Inquiry from 2016-18. During the year at Agrarian Studies, she will complete revisions to her book manuscript Liminal Ecologies: Making Wetlands and Livable Nature in Turkey. This project – situated at the intersection of anthropology, science studies, and environmental history – examines the dynamic multivalence of wetlands throughout the twentieth century. She shows that wetlands in Turkey were produced through regulatory processes, scientific research programs, and civil society activism. Yet, residents have transformed ‘received’ meanings of the wetland, reclaiming these spaces as sites for imagining democratic formations against authoritarian politics. Upon completing Liminal Ecologies, Caterina will commence work on her next project, Seeds of Change: Roots of Community in Turkey, in which she examines the cultural significance of “heirloom” seeds to explore the changing meanings of health, labor, nation, and belonging in contemporary Turkey.