Emanuela Conversano received her PhD in "Storia delle idee. Filosofia e Scienza" [= History of Ideas. Philosophy and Science] from the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa-Florence). Her research interests initially concentrated on the relations between natural sciences, anthropology and philosophy of history in the 18th and 19th centuries. She is currently focusing on the role of historical materialism and dialectics in Marx’s late studies on ethnology and non-capitalist social formations.