My name is Mariangela Cardone, I come from Bologna, a beautiful city in north-east Italy.
I am currently carrying out my Civic Service in Vilnius at Tavo Europa, where I am mainly involved in the Project Management branch of the association.
I recently got my MS in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at the University of Bologna (November 2022). During this study experience I acquired advanced competences in demo-ethno-anthropological disciplines, in particular related to socio-cultural, religious pluralisms and dynamisms at local and global level and tools and techniques related to ethnographic, quantitative data gatherings and analysis. From September to January 2021 I participated in an Erasmus exchange with the University of Copenhagen, where I had the opportunity to deepen my knowledge on the topics of gender and sexuality, as well as social movements and our digital worlds.
In 2020 I graduated in Anthropology, Cultures and Eastern Religions with a final thesis on the links between the Ontological Turn anthropological theory and the recent cognitive studies related to the 4E Cognition model. Right before the pandemic started, I attended the University of California as an exchange student; there I conducted historic research on social movements as Occupy Wall Street.
While I was conducting my studies I worked firstly as a librarian assistant and as an university tutor, supporting the professors during lessons and in their student relations.
Thanks to the Civic Service I encountered the world of Erasmus+ and discovered my passion for Project Design. Indeed, before my landing in Vilnius with Tavo Europe, I worked with the italian organization Scambieuropei, where I had the chance to learn the basis of Erasmus+ project design, by working on and submitting my own projects. I assisted the implementation of their projects as well, by participating in management, evaluation and monitoring meetings and by taking part, as a facilitator, in Youth Exchanges and Training Courses.
I have a strong belief in the generative power of collaboration between people or entities of different and variegated backgrounds, that’s where new and unexpected things emerge.
I am a supporter of transparent and open communication, bias identification and creation of safe sharing spaces, where not only ideas but emotions as well are listened to.
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