Cristiana Natali is a researcher in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at the School of Arts, Humanities, and Cultural Heritage, University of Bologna, where she teaches Cultural Anthropology and Methodologies of Ethnographic Research. She graduated in Literature and Philosophy at the University of Bologna and gained a PhD in Contemporary Anthropology at the Milano-Bicocca University. She has taught regular courses at the University of Milan (Italy) and given seminars at the University of Turin (Italy), University of Quebec (Canada), University of Sussex (UK), Jagiellonian University (Poland). She carried out field-work in the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) controlled areas in Sri Lanka and with the Tamil Diaspora. Her research interests focus around the processes of constructing Tamil identity, with particular attention to the funerary rituals and to the role of Bharata Natyam dance.