Flavia Cangià

Chaire Ressources Humaines et Organisation
Université de Fribourg
Bd. de Pérolles 90
CH-1700 Fribourg

Bureau E420 Bâtiment 21

Tel: +41 26 300 82 41


About Flavia

Flavia Cangià is a social anthropologist conducting interdisciplinary research on diversity, mobility and migration issues. She received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology in 2010 at the Department of Social Anthropology of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) with a specialization on minority issues in Japan. Between 2012 and 2014, she was Post Doc at the Italian National Research Council and Research Assistant at the Department of Social Anthropology of the University of Fribourg, conducting research on the relationship between complexity and socio-cultural diversity among youths. 


Currently, she is Senior Researcher at the Chair HRO of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) as part of the NCCR LIVES IP6 Gender, mobility and vulnerability and the nccr on-the-move IP38 The Digitalization of Work and the (Im)Mobilities/Boundaries Paradox of IT Specialists. She previously worked at the Institute of Psychology and Education of the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) as part of the nccr on-the-move collaborating on a project on mobile professionals and their families. 


Her areas of interest and specialization are mobility, migration, work and life transitions, imagination, emotions, precariousness and socio-cultural diversity.


Her hobbies include yoga, running and wine tasting.


Recherches et publications

Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals


Hercog, M., and Cangià, F. (in press). Skills on the Move: Highly Skilled Migrants in Switzerland and Beyond. Population, Space and Place

Cangià, F., Zittoun, T., (2020) Exploring the Interplay between (Im)mobility and Imagination, Special Issue for Culture & Psychology Journal, February 2020

Cangià, F., (2020). (Im)mobile Imagination. On Trailing, Waiting and Imagining Work in Mobility. Culture & Psychology, February 2020

Suter, B., and Cangià, F., (2020) Time and Family On the Move: ‘Accompanying Partners’ in Geographical Mobility. Time and Society. February 2020

Cangià, F., (2019). “Switzerland doesn’t want me”. Work, precarity and emotions for mobile professionals’ partners. Migration Letters 16 (2), 207-217.

Cangià, F. (2018). Precarity, Imagination and the Mobile Life of the ‘Trailing Spouse’. Ethos 46 (1), 8-26

Cangià, F. (2018). Book Review: Julia L. Cassaniti & Usha Menon (Eds). Universalism Without Uniformity. American Ehnologist 45 (4): 569-571.

Cangià, F., & Zittoun, T. (2018). Editorial: When Expatriation is a Matter of Family. Opportunities, Barriers and Intimacies in International Mobility. Migration Letters 15 (1), 1-16.

Cangià, F., Levitan, D., & Zittoun, T. (2018). Family, Boundaries and Transformation. The International Mobility of Professionals and Their Families. Migration Letters 15 (1), 17-31.

Zittoun, T., Levitan, D., & Cangiá, F. (2018). A sociocultural approach to mobility: the case of repeated mobility of families. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology 24 (4): 424–432.

Cangià, F. (2017).  (Im)Mobility and the Emotional Life of the Expat Spouses. Emotion, Space and Society 25, 22-28.

Cangià, F. (2017). Childhoods as Political Projects. A Comparison between Cultural Nationalism and Minority Activism in Japan. Global Studies of Childhood  7, 6-16.

Cangià, F. (2017). Emotions and Symbolic Boundaries. Reflections on Italian Youths’ Views About Migration. Ethnic and Racial Studies 40 (10), 1720–1738.

Cangià, F. (2015). Book Review: Schiller, Glick Nina and Andrew Irving (eds.). Whose Cosmopolitanism? Critical Perspectives, Relationalities and Discontent. Social Anthropology Journal. 23 (3), 391–392.

Cangià, F. (2014). The Hindu Rights Action Force and the Definition of the “Indian Community” in Malaysia. Sociological Research Online 19 (4), 1-14.

Cangià, F. (2014). Written Emotional Disclosure and Boundary Making. Minority Children Writing about Discrimination. Multicultural Education Review 6 (2), 25-52.  

Cangià, F. and Pagani, C. (2014). National Borders and Emotions in Italian Youths' Views on Immigration. Etnofoor, Borders, 26 (1), 107-124.

Cangià, F. and Pagani, C. (2014). Youths, Cultural Diversity, and Complex Thinking. The Open Psychology Journal 7, 20-28.

Cangià, F. (2013). From Heterotopias to Cultural Landscapes. On Reconstructing Buraku Leather Towns into “Japanese National Spaces”. Urbanities 3 (1), 44-62.

Cangià, F. (2013). Images of Edo. Reinterpreting “Japanese History” and the “Buraku” Through Minority Narratives. Contemporary Japan 25 (1), 17-40.

Cangià, F. (2012). “Children of Kinegawa” and the Transformation of the “Buraku Identity” in Japan. Childhood 19 (3), 360-374.

Cangià, F. (2010). “Towards a Mutual Anthropology of Identity in Japan and the West”. The Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies. Available at http://www.japanesestudies.org.uk/discussionpapers/2010/Cangia.html.

Cangià, F. (2009). Performing the Buraku Culture. Taiko Drums From Factory to Stage. Phoenix in Domo Foscari, The Online Journal of Oriental Studies 2, 73-94.

Cangià, F. (2008). Buddhismo Giapponese e Diritti Umani. Il Fondamento Religioso del Burakumondai. La Critica Sociologica 167, 43-55.



Cangià, F., (in press). Liminal Moves. Travelling Along Places, Meanings and Times. Berghahn Books.

Cangià, F. (2013). Performing the Buraku. Narratives on Cultures and Everyday Life in Contemporary Japan. Münster:  LIT Verlag


Contribution to books

Cangià, F., Zittoun, T., and Levitan, D. (2019). “Work and Geographical Mobility: The Case of the Male Accompanying Spouses.” In Culture, Work and Psychology: Invitations to Dialogue, edited by Pedro Bendassoli, Charlotte, NC: Advances in Cultural Psychology.

Cangià, F., (2019). “The Human Relationship with Sociocultural Diversity in the Social Sciences”, in Pagani, C., Diversity and Complexity. Nova Publishers.

 Levitan, D., Zittoun, T.  & Cangiá, F. (2018). Relocation experts for families in geographical itinerancy: beyond the “cultural problem”. In S. Schliewe, N. Chaudhary, & P. Marsico (Eds.). Cultural Psychology of Intervention in the Globalized World. Charlotte, NC: Advances in Cultural Psychology.