Elisabetta Viggiani was born in Rome, Italy and graduated from The Sapienza University of Rome in English Literature, specializing in Northern Irish literature. In 2006, she moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she attended the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's University Belfast and was awarded an MA and a PhD in Social Anthropology. While at Queen's, she participated in numerous research projects carried out by the Institute of Irish Studies on public displays of identity, political rituals, and symbols in Northern Ireland. She has published in academic journals and co-edited "Friends and Foes" (2009), two volumes on the themes of friendship and conflict. Her first book "Talking Stones" on the politics of memorialization in contemporary Northern Ireland was published in 2014. Her main research interests are collective memory, war memorialisation and commemoration and the politics of memory. She currently lives in London.