Virginia Monteforte (Rome, 1978) is an anthropologist, translator and photographer. Her work deals with social memory, politics, material culture, migration and literature in the Mediterranean. She studied at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy at La Sapienza in Rome where she graduated in Ethnology of Mediterranean Cultures and then at the EHESS, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (iiAC – LAIOS) in Paris where she was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology and Ethnology with a thesis entitled “Constructing the incurable. Memory and Political Opposition in Malta”.
Since then she has been involved in seminars and published academic articles about social and political memory, cultural policies and migration. She is also active in literary publishing and literary translation (prose and poetry from English, French and Maltese to Italian).
She is a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta where she teaches “Anthropology and Literature” in the Department of Anthropological Sciences and “Narratives of Displacement” for the NOHA Erasmus Mundus Master in International humanitarian Action. She is currently an associate member of Laboratoire ISIT Paris. As project coordinator she managed Malta based community projects such as Din mhix tazza (2012-13), Rima (2014-present) and Pathways of wellbeing (2019-20).
She is president of the NGO Rima, an organisation dealing with displacement and art, created in Malta in 2017 (named after the eponymous project) for which she curated workshops, film festivals, artistic exhibitions and publications ( Undertow and To be defined ). She is also a collaborator of the cultural centre and independent bookshop Kixott . She lives between Malta and Rome.