Antea Paviotti

Antea Paviotti is an anthropologist and holds a PhD in Development Studies (2021, University of Antwerp, Belgium), obtained after a Master Degree in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology (2013, University of Bologna, Italy). In her PhD research, Antea analysed the notions of "us" and "them" in contemporary Burundi, focusing on reciprocal perceptions and interactions between Hutu and Tutsi. Through ethnographic research, she studied the work of boundary making and remaking in the way Burundians identify themselves and the others in everyday life. She examined processes of boundary making on social media too, specifically on Twitter.

Antea’s current research focuses on the reception of social media content by different categories of the Burundian population. Antea also worked as a researcher at the University of Antwerp (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences), as a research assistant at the Van Vollenhoven Institute (Law Faculty) at Leiden University, and as an external consultant for different NGOs in Burundi and the DRC. 

Recent publications:

Ingelaere, B., Paviotti, A. 2023. “The Waxing and Waning of Ethnic Boundaries. Violence, Peace, and the Ubwoko in Burundi”. Journal of Modern African Studies 61(2): 235-256.

Paviotti, A., Ndayiragije, R. 2021. “Burundi”. In Awedoba, A. et al. (eds). Africa yearbook. Politics, economy and society south of the Sahara in 2020. Leiden: Brill (295-305).

Paviotti, A. 2022. “Online and offline research : Twitter, social media, and social sciences in Burundi”. In Ducarme, G. et al. (eds). Les journalistes et leurs médias en Afrique : pensées mêlées en souvenir de Marie-Soleil Frère. Bruxelles : Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles (81-92).