My doctoral research focused on identity, alterity and belonging on the island of Corsica. The resulting book (Corsican Fragments, Indiana UP 2010) and a range of associated publications explored a number of interrelated themes: the historical politics of knowledge and mystery surrounding the island of Corsica and its emergence as a potent ‘internal other’ for France; the contemporary intersection between materiality, languages and senses of place on the island; the ways in which intimations of alterity and relatedness arise from everyday micro-interactions in village space; the politics and poetics of hospitality; dynamics of identity, racism and republicanism in contemporary France.


“There is Something”: Charlie Galibert’s Corsica. Anthropological Quarterly, 87, 525-540.


Derrida en Corse? Hospitality as scale-free abstraction. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 18, S34-S48. 


“Our Division of the Universe” Making a Space for the Non-Political in the Anthropology of Politics. Current Anthropology, 52, 309-334.

Fragments d’identité. Revue Fora!, 8, 49-51.


Anonymous Introductions: Identity and Belonging in Corsica. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 16, 119-137.


Fire and identity as matters of concern in Corsica. Anthropological Theory, 8, 201-216.


Arbitrary locations: in defence of the bounded field-site. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 13, 167-184.

reprinted as Candea, M. (2009) Arbitrary Locations: In Defence of the Bounded Field-site (with a new afterword). In Multi-sited ethnography : theory, praxis and locality in contemporary research, (Ed, Falzon, M.-A.) Ashgate, Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT, pp. 25-46.


Resisting Victimhood in Corsica. History and Anthropology, 17, 369-384.

Anthropology of Cross-Channel Debates. Anthropology Today, 22, 24.