Piercarlo Grimaldi

Retired Full Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Scientific Director of the Granaries of Memory project

Phone: +39 0172 458572
Fax: +39 0172 458500
Email: p.grimaldi@unisg.it

University of Gastronomic Sciences
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, 9
fraz. Pollenzo – 12042 Bra (Cn) – Italy


Piercarlo Grimaldi was born in Cossano Belbo in 1945, and is a full professor at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, where he teaches Cultural Anthropology. From 2011 to 2018, he was named the dean of the university. Grimaldi is a member of the jury and coordinator of the Costantino Nigra Ethnoanthropology Prize, and also sits on the editorial committee of the Bollettino dell’Atlante Linguistico Italiano (University of Turin), and the scientific committee of the Quaderni di Studi Italiani e Romeni (University of Turin, Universitatea din Craiova). Since 1993, he has served as director of the Documenti e ricerche di etnologia europea series published by Omega in Turin, and since 1998 has been a member of the Italian National Commission for Folkloric, Ethnographic, and Anthropological Heritage.

Major Research Areas
  • Analysis of celebrations and ceremonies that reveal temporal traditions
  • Study of visual documentation, particularly the use of cinematographic tools in anthropological research
  • Observation, filing, and database archiving, and analysis of ritual structures
  • Planning of virtual museums focusing on the forms and practices of celebrations and their traditional productive practices
  • Planning and production of atlases and maps featuring ethnographic data
  • Traditional food calendars
  • “Granaries of Memory” project