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Chiara Bassetti


Chiara Bassetti is Post-doc Research Fellow at the Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology, Italian National Council of Researches (LOA-ISTC-CNR), where she works on the interdisciplinary project VisCoSo - Detection of crisis in socio-material systems via visual-cognitive-social processes, carried out in collaboration with the VIPS Laboratory (Vision, Image Processing & Sound) of the Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona. Dr. Bassetti also works on the interdisciplinary project OZ - Observing Attention, in collaboration with the VIPS Laboratory and the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Trento. She teaches Qualitative Methods for Social Research (both B.A. and M.A. courses) at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Trento

Dr. Bassetti holds a Master Degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Bologna and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Trento. Working within an ethnomethodological paradigm, she has extensive experience in ethnography, conversation analysis and video-based field studies. Doing research in field as diverse as, e.g., emergency response centers, airport security, theatrical dance, and sport spectator crowd, her research focus rests on the minute details of human action-in-interaction, with particular attention to nonverbal and embodied aspects, and the role of tools and technologies. She is particularly interested in multimodal interaction in socio-technical systems. 

Dr. Bassetti has been visiting scholar at the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences of the University of California Riverside, and at the Work, Interaction and Technology Research Centre of the King’s College, London. Since 2012, she is coordinator of the editorial board of the Journal Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa / Ethnography and Qualitative Research (il Mulino) and co-organizer of the Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference (biannually held at the University of Bergamo) and the International Summer School in Urban Ethnography (annually held at the University of Trento).


Selected recent publications (see also publications thematically organized)

  • BASSETTI, C. (submitted), ‘Airport Security Contradictions. Organizational cultures and techno-organizational change’. Submitted to Organization Science.
  • BASSETTI, C. (2016, in press), ‘A novel interdisciplinary approach to socio-technical complexity. Sociologically-driven, computable methods for sport spectator crowds’ semi-supervised analysis’, in F. Cecconi (ed.), New Frontiers in the Study of Social Phenomena, New York: Springer (ISBN: 978-3- 319-23938-5).
  • BASSETTI, C., BOTTAZZI, E. (2015), ‘Introduction. Rhythm in Social Interaction’, Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa, 8, 3, pp. 367-381.
  • BASSETTI, C., BOTTAZZI, E. (2015), ‘The Power of Rhythm. From Dance Rehearsals to Adult-Newborn Interaction’, Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa, 8, 3, pp. 453-478.
  • SETTI, F., RUSSEL, C., BASSETTI, C., CRISTANI, M. (2015), ‘F-formation Detection: Individuating Free- standing Conversational Groups in Images’, PLOS One, 10, 5, e0123783.
  • BASSETTI, C., M.L. M. CAMPOS, R. FERRARIO (2015), ‘Airport security checkpoints: an empirically- grounded ontological model for supporting collaborative work practices in safety-critical environments’, Palen, Büscher, Comes & Hughes (eds.), Proceedings12th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2015), Kristiansand, Norway, 24-27 May 2015 (ISSN: 2411-3387, ISBN: 978-82-7117-788-1).
  • BASSETTI, C., C. GIORGETTA, R. FERRARIO (2015), ‘Work- and Job-related Stress, Emotions, and Performance in Critical Situations. An interdisciplinary study in the context of airport security’, in Airenti, Bara, G. Sandini (eds.), Proceedings of the EuroAsianPacific Joint Conference on Cognitive Science (EAP-CogSci 2015), Torino, Italy, September 25-27, 2015, CEUR Workshop Proceedings (ISSN 16130073), vol. 1419 (http//
  • CONIGLIARO, D., F. SETTI, C. BASSETTI, R. FERRARIO, M. CRISTANI, P. ROTA, N. CONCI, N. SEBE (2015), ‘The S-HOCK Dataset: Analyzing Crowds at the Stadium’, International conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR 2015), Boston, MA (USA), 7-12 June 2015.
  • BASSETTI, C. (2014), ‘Resisting at the Airport: Security Guards among TIP and “Unruly” Passengers’, 9th Organization Studies Summer Workshop: Resistance, resisting, and resisters in and around organizations, Corfù, 21-24 May 2014.
  • BASSETTI, C. (2014), ‘The Knowing Body-in-Action in Performing Arts. Embodiment, experiential transformation and intersubjectivity’, in T. Zembylas (ed.), Artistic Practices. Social Interactions and Cultural Dynamics, London: Routledge, pp. 91-111.
  • CONIGLIARO, D., SETTI, F., BASSETTI, C., FERRARIO, R., CRISTANI, M. (2013), ‘ATTENTO: ATTENTion Observed for automated spectator crowd monitoring’, in Salah, A.A., Hung, H., Aran, O., Gunes, H. (eds.), Human Behavior Understanding, series Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 8212, Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 102–111.
  • CONIGLIARO, D., F. SETTI, C. BASSETTI, R. FERRARIO, M. CRISTANI (2013), ‘Viewing the Viewers: a Novel Challenge for Automated Crowd Analysis’, International Workshop Social Behavior Analysis (SBA2013, in conjunction with ICIAP), Naples, September 11-13, 2013.
  • BASSETTI, C., E. BOTTAZZI e R. FERRARIO (2013), ‘Fatal attraction. Interaction and crisis management in socio-technical systems’, 29th European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium (EGOS 2013), Montreal, July 4-6, 2013.
  • BASSETTI, C. (2012), ‘Dis/comfort in bodily performance. Interactionally grounded states of experience: the case of dancers’, in A. Salvini, D. Altheide, C. Nuti (eds.), The Present and Future of Symbolic Interactionism, Volume II, Milano: Franco Angeli, pp. 187-202.
  • BASSETTI, C. (2012), ‘IS-related organizational change and the necessity of techno-organizational co-design(-in-use). An experience with ethnomethodologically oriented ethnography’, in G. Viscusi, G.M. Campagnolo and Y. Curzi (eds.), Phenomenology, Organizational Politics, and IT Design: The Social Study of Information Systems, Hershey, Penn.: IGI Global, pp. 289-310.

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