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Dr Matteo Benussi

Dr Matteo Benussi

Affiliated Lecturer


Matteo (Teo) Benussi is a social anthropologist specialising in the anthropology of religion, Islam in postsocialist Eurasia, and the political economy of virtue. For his PhD (University of Cambridge, 2018), he conducted fieldwork in Central Russia’s Idel-Ural region, where he investigated transnational Islamic movements amongst (mainly) the urban youth. Previously, he worked on memory and ritual in post-Chernobyl Ukraine. 

Teo’s current research interests include state-Muslim relations in the wake of the Soviet collapse; the interlocking of piety, class, and capitalism; the spatial manifestations of moral life; and the anthropological implications of Giorgio Agamben’s form-of-life hypothesis.