Franca Marquardt

Allievo del Corso di Perfezionamento/PhD

Political Science and Sociology


Franca is a PhD candidate in Sociology and Political Science at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence. She’s an anthropologist and filmmaker, seeking ways to combine visual experiments and research to support change. She holds a Bachelors in visual anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London and a Masters in Anthropology from the University of Leipzig. As an activist researcher, she is focused on social movements and expressions of solidarity for a good life for all. Franca is active in a Marxist-feminist collective, the degrowth movement, and is an editor of the ethnographic storytelling journal Thirdshelf.

Highlighting the importance of building relation as an anti-capitalist imperative, Franca’s PhD research focuses on how alliances are created between specific movements in specific places, and what this means for transforming the understanding of democracy, equality and the “good life for all”. As such, it will be concerned with different expressions of revolutionary love and “new” internationalism present in climate justice and eco- feminist movements in Germany and their actions and visions towards radical justice. The aim of the project not only is to understand the multitude of affective and practical relations within the movements but also to co-create a compass for transformation. This includes building the infrastructural and material conditions of a new internationalism while combining the rootedness of political action with a common desire for liberation.

Research Interests

Ecofeminism, emotions, degrowth, solidarity building, visual narratives.