Maddalena has completed a BA in Philosophy of Communication at Università degli studi di Parma and a research MA in Philosophy of Language and Logic at Radboud Universteit Nijmegen both cum laude. She also holds a MA in Linguistics with bene meritum from Radboud University. During her MAs in Nijmegen she worked as student assistant at the department of Philosophy of Language and Logic of Radboud University and in several research groups of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen: The Language Archive, Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture, and Comparative Cognitive Anthropology in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (Germany).
Maddalena’s academic background is rooted at the intersection of Linguistics, Philosophy of Language and Anthropology. She is interested in organizations operating in multicultural and migration contexts, especially on issues of participation and identity. Her PhD research aims to enrich sociological understanding of people looking for a refuge in the UK by investigating processes of identity construction in migrants’ accounts and how these are linked to social practices of settlement and integration in British society. The study is distinctive for the constructivist approach that is developed in light of the linguistic data collected: rather than focusing exclusively on ideological discourses, it looks at communication in everyday interaction to investigate the ways natural communication shapes social identity.