I was born in Rome and lived in Boston, Rome, and Oxford, until I came to Newcastle to take up my current job.
Convenor of MA in Modern and Contemporary Studies (Semester 2, 2011-12)
Laurea (University of Rome "La Sapienza")
Lecturer in Commonwealth Literature and Literary Theory, University of Cambridge
Lector in Italian, University of Oxford
Postcolonial Studies Association
IIAS (International Institute of Asian Studies)
English, Italian, French
Indian/South Asian literature in English, theories and narratives of violence, anti-colonial and postcolonial cinema, Italian colonialism, postcolonial literature, and postcolonial theory.
Literary translations between English and Italian
I am currently working on a research project which looks at the cultural history of Italian colonialism. I examine the public discourses and perceptions arising from specific moments of colonial/anti-colonial engagement: the invasion of Ethiopia by Mussolini in 1935, discourses surrounding Italian trusteeship in Somalia, and intellectuals' reactions to the Algerian war of 1954-62. A key focus of my project is the complex relationship between the European/Italian left and anti-colonial movements.
Tom Langley, "Postcolonizing Italy, Italianizing the Postcolonial", AHRC funded
Alex Adams, "The Representation of Political Torture in Post-9/11 Writing and Film", AHRC funded
Rebecca Gill, "Intergenerational Autobiography, Trauma and the Relational Self: Maternal Life Stories in Minority Women’s Writing"
Craig Hankin, "‘The State of Exception’: Theorising the Camp from Auschwitz to the Postcolonial", AHRC funded
UK reviews editor, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies
Member of the AHRC Peer Review College
Manuscript reviewer, Routledge, Palgrave, Broadview
Principal Investigator: international research network funded by Leverhulme Trust, on "Postcolonial Translation: The Case of South Asia". Value of grant: £65,072. Length of project: 2008-2011.
Grant from the Faculty Research Fund of £2,945 to develop my project on "A Postcolonial Europe?Towards a History of Anti-colonialism in Europe".
British Academy overseas conference grant of £700 to present a paper at the annual conference of the American Comparative Literature Association in Puebla, Mexico (April 2007).
Fictions of Migration, Stage 2 module, Semester 2, 2011-12
Violence and the Postcolonial Imagination (MA module for the MA in Modern and Contemporary Studies)