Francesco Cerchiaro is a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the KU Leuven University. His research interests include cultural change and religious pluralism in Europe.

Francesco Cerchiaro was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Padova (Italy), where he obtained his PhD in Social Sciences in 2013. The PhD thesis, focused on Christian-Muslim families, intersects sociology of family, culture and religion. His approach is characterizeda by the use of qualitative methods, in particular of “life stories” and ethnographic observation. He was also involved in researches on the second generations of immigrants in Italy and their quest for citizenship’s recognition.


Some of his contributions were published in Italian and International journals as Identities, Quaderni di sociologia and Social Compass. Recently he devised a monograph based on his PhD thesis on Christian- Muslim couples in Italy entitled “Amori e confini. Le coppie miste tra islam, educazione dei figli e vita quotidiana”. 

[Love and borders. Mixed couples amongst Islam, children’s education and everyday life”]
(Guida Ed. 2016).


With the project entitled “Christian-Muslim families dealing with religious pluralism in everyday family life:
Religious reconstruction in religiously mixed marriages” he won a Marie Curie individual fellowship at the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven. The research will investigate the daily life of Christian-Muslim families in the Flemish region. The study on this type of marriages will be a key to examine the wider social changes related to family, Islam and religious pluralism in Europe.

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