Steering Committee

Dr Maria-José Blanco
Lecturer in Spanish, King's College London
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Dr Adalgisa Giorgio
Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies, University of Bath
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Dr Emily Jeremiah
Senior Lecturer in German, Royal Holloway, University of London
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Professor Shirley Jordan (Co-Director, CCWW)
Professor of French Studies, Newcastle University
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Dr Catriona MacLeod
Lecturer in French Studies, University of London Institute in Paris
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Professor Abigail Lee-Six
Professor in Hispanic Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London
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Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex (Co-Director, CCWW)
Reader in German, Institute of Modern Languages Research, London
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Dr Claire Williams
Fellow and Tutor in Portuguese, St Peter's College, Oxford
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International Advisory Board

Professor Elizabeth Boa, FBA
Emeritus Professor of German, University of Nottingham
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Professor Anna Klobucka
Professor of Portuguese, University of Massachusetts
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Professor Carol Lazzaro-Weis
Professor of French and Italian, University of Missouri at Columbia
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Professor Pilar Nieva de la Paz
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid
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Dr Cláudia Pazos Alonso
Lecturer in Portuguese and Brazilian, Wadham College, Oxford
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Dr Xon de Ros
Lecturer in Modern Spanish Literature, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
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Professor Monika Shafi
Professor of German Literture and Director of Women's Studies, University of Delaware
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Dr Anne Simon
Principal Investigator, CNRS, CRAL/EHESS, Paris
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Professor Sharon Wood
Professor of Italian, University of Leicester
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Associate Members

Dr Georgia Alù
Senior Lecturer in Italian, University of Sydney
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Dr Gillian Ania
Lecturer in Italian, University of Bangor
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Dr Andrew Asibong
Senior Lecturer in French Studies, Birkbeck College, London
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Dr Kate Averis
Lecturer in French Studies, University of London Institute in Paris
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Dr Claudia Bernardi
Senior Lecturer in Italian, University of Wellington
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Dr David Albert Best
Lecturer in Languages, Free University of Brussels
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Dr Marina Bettaglio
Lecturer in Hispanic and Italian Studies, University of Victoria (BC)
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Suzan Bozkurt
PhD Candidate, University of Manchester
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Dr Simone Brioni
Assistant Professor in European Languages, Stony Brook University
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Dr Katie Brown
Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Culture, University of Bristol
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Dr Francesca Calamita
Lecturer in Italian, University of Virginia
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Dominique Carlini-Versini
PhD Candidate, University of Kent/Paris Diderot University
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Dr Amaleena Damlé
Research Fellow in French, Girton College, Cambridge
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Sandra Daroczi
PhD Candidate, University of Exeter
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Dr Noèlia Diaz-Vicedo
Teaching Fellow in Spanish, Queen Mary, University of London
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Adam Elgar
Poet/Translator, Research Profile

Dr Jessica Falconi
Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Lisbon
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Dr Carine Fréville
Assistant Lecturer, University of Kent in Paris
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Jonny Johnston
PhD Candidate, Trinity College Dublin
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Professor Barbara Kornacka
Associate Professor in Italian,Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
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Dr Alexandra Kurmann
Associate Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney
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Dr Laura Lazzari
Postdoctoral Fellow in Italian, Georgetown University
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Dr Evelyne Ledoux-Beaugrand
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Centre for Literature and Trauma, University of Ghent
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Dr Teresa Louro
Researcher, Portugal
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Dr Teresa Maenza
Lecturer, Creighton University, Omaha
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Dr Eliana Maestri
Italian Language Co-Ordinator,University of Bath
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Dr Ana Martins
Lecturer in Portuguese, University of Exeter
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Dr Maria Cristina Mauceri
Lecturer in Italian Studies, University of Sydney
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Professor Gabrielle Parker
Emeritus Professor of French, Middlesex University
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Dr Aureliana Di Rollo
Author/Lecturer, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
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Dr Catherine Smale
Lecturer in German, King's College London
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Dr Lizzie Stewart
Research Fellow in German,University of Edinburgh
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Sonja Stojanovic
PhD Candidate, Brown University
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Katherine Stone
PhD Candidate, Clare College, Cambridge
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Adina Stroia
PhD Candidate, University of Kent
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Dr Jeanine Tuschling
Teaching Associate in German, Aston University in Birmingham
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Current Visiting Fellows and Scholars

 

Former Visiting Fellows and Scholars

2016-2017

Giorgia Alù is Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Sydney. Her research interests range from 19th-century Italian cultural history to comparative literature and visual studies. She is the author of Beyond the Traveller’s Gaze: Expatriate Ladies Writing in Sicily (1848-1910) (2008), and has published numerous articles on travel writing, women’s writing, the relationship between literature and photography, and 19th-century visual representations of Italy. She has co-edited Enlightening Encounters. Photography in Italian Literature (2015) and special issues of journals on the interrelation between words and the visual. She is completing a monograph on contemporary women’s writing, mobility and photography, and working on a study on photography, identities and ethics in Italy, 1860-1920. [October 2016-January 2017]

Kate Willman recently completed her PhD in Italian Studies at the University of Warwick, under the supervision of Dr Jennifer Burns and Dr Fabio Camilletti. Her doctoral thesis analysed the recent literary phenomenon known as the New Italian Epic, a label that refers to a large corpus of hybrid texts that mix genres, styles and media. She argued that the New Italian Epic is an important stage in the development of the novel form in the 21st century. Before her PhD, she completed an MA in Comparative Literature at King's College London and a BA in French and Italian at the University of Bristol, where she also taught in the Italian Department during the academic year 2015-2016. She is currently developing a comparative project on 21st-century autofiction and, during her fellowship, she will focus particularly on autofiction by women writers.

2015-2016

Kate Averis is Lecturer in French Studies at the University of London Institute in Paris. She is the author of Exile and Nomadism in French and Hispanic Women’s Writing (Legenda, 2014) and the co-editor of Exiles,Travellers and Vagabonds: Rethinking Mobility in Francophone Women’s Writing (forthcoming, University of Wales Press). Her research lies in the field of 20th- and 21st-century Francophone and Latin American literature, and more particularly, in women’s writing, transnational identities and cultures, writing of migration and exile, gender studies, and feminisms. Her current research project examines women’s ageing in contemporary women’s writing, and during her Fellowship at the Institute she will work on literary representations of migration and exile whose focus moves beyond the experience of arrival and transition to that of ‘settlement’ and ageing in displacement in the works of a range of Francophone and Latin American authors. [April-July 2016]

Anne Mulhall has recently completed her PhD thesis 'Tiqqun and the Event: Literature, Philosophy, Politics' at King’s College London. Her thesis interrogated the intersections between the conceptual persona and the theory of the ‘event’ in the work of the contemporary French philosophical collective, Tiqqun. From September 2015, Anne will commence work on her new research project, 'Philosophy, Redemption, and the New Women’s Literature of the Office', at the Centre for Contemporary Women’s Writing. This project will read the emergence of a category of French and German women’s literature that offers a transformative approach to depictions of office life in the 21st century by emphasizing a capacity for resistance and redemption within the contemporary administrative experience. Her article ‘Joyce’s Bloom as Event in the Philosophy of Tiqqun’ is currently under review at James Joyce Quarterly. She is also completing an article on early 2000s’ women’s psychogeographical experimentation in France. Anne’s translation of Marc Décimo’s ‘Marcel Duchamp et la Collège de ’Pataphysique’ for Pataphysics Then and Now will appear with University of Pennsylvania Press in December 2015. Anne has previously held scholarships at New York University and University College Dublin. [September 2015-June 2016]

Maria Cristina Seccia is an Early Career Researcher in Italian and Translation Studies. Her doctoral thesis 'Translating Caterina Edwards’ The Lion’s Mouth: A Case of Cultural Translation in Practice' (Bangor, 2014) explores the link between cultural translation and Italian-Canadian literature through the lens of postcolonial theories and from a practice-led perspective. Her articles and book chapters have been published in the journal Italian Canadiana and in volumes of Italian-Canadian literature, while some poem translations appeared in the Journal of Italian Translation. Maria Cristina has co-edited the volume Writing Cultural Difference: Italian-Canadian Creative and Critical Works (Guernica, 2015) and is currently co-organising the 16th AICW (Association of Italian Canadian Writers) biennial conference 'Italian-Canadian Literature: Departures, Journeys, Destinations'. During her stay at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing at the Institute she will work on her new research project, which will explore the representation of the mother-daughter relationship in Italian migrant women’s writing from a translation studies perspective. More specifically, she will examine how the migrant women narrators’ relationship with their Italian mothers affects their own transcultural and transnational identity, as well as the approach towards their mother tongue and motherland. [September 2015-June 2016]

S.A. Smythe is a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW) at the IMLR and currently completing a PhD in History of Consciousness called 'L'Italia Meticcia: Belonging and Blackness in Postcolonial Italy' along with concentrations in Literature and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. During her stay at the IMLR, she will further explore themes of migritude, blackness, and gender identity in 20th- and 21st century Italian-East African writing. [October 2015-June 2016]

Tegan Zimmerman (PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Alberta) is College Professor of Women’s Studies and English at Okanagan College for the 2015-2016 academic year. Her work focuses on contemporary women’s historical novels, especially those from the Caribbean, and on contemporary gender theory. Zimmerman is the Canadian Liaison Officer for the Comparative Gender Studies Committee (an official committee of the International Comparative Literature Association), and she has published articles in Gender Forum, the Journal of Feminist Studies, and Simone de Beauvoir Studies. Her article “Feminism and Marxism: Revisiting Irigaray’s Essay ‘Women on the Market’ in a Postfeminist Era” is forthcoming in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Her dissertation Writing Back Through Our Mothers: A Transnational Feminist Study on the Woman’s Historical Novel was published by Lit-Verlag in 2014. During her Fellowship she will work on her new monograph, provisionally entitled Matria Redux: Caribbean Women’s Historical Fiction [May-June 2016].

2014-2015

Dr Natalie Edwards is Senior Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Adelaide. Her research concentrates on late 20th- and early 21st-century French women’s writing, feminist theory, autobiography and visual studies. Among her publications are Shifting Subjects: Plural Subjectivity in Contemporary Women’s Autobiography and Textual and Visual Selves: Photography, Film and Comic Art in French Autobiography (edited with Amy Hubbell and Ann Miller).  During her stay at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing, she will be completing a manuscript entitled Voicing Voluntary Childlessness: Narratives of Non-Mothering in Contemporary France. [January-February 2015]

Eglė Kačkutė is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Vilnius University Gender Studies' Centre. Her monograph Savi svetimi tapatumai naujausioje britų ir prancūzų moterų literatūroje [Familiar and Strange Identities in Contemporary British and French Women’s Writing] was published by Vilnius University Press in 2012. Her research interests include contemporary women’s writing in English, French, and Lithuanian, identity, gender and contemporary feminist theory. During her stay at the Centre for Contemporary Women's Writing she will focus on motherhood and maternal subjectivity in a culturally and linguistically foreign environment. [October 2014]

Claudia Karagoz is an Associate Professor of Italian and Women’s and Gender Studies, and a member of the Core Faculty staff at the Center for Intercultural Studies at Saint Louis University. Her research interests include contemporary Italian women’s writing, photography, and film, motherhood studies, and Sicilian culture. She has co-edited a volume on Sicily and the Mediterranean (forthcoming 2015), and published articles and book chapters on Italian women writers, filmmakers and photographers such as Rosetta Loy, Elsa Morante, Francesca Comencini, and Letizia Battaglia. During her stay at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing she will be working on a book project entitled Demeter’s Journey: Mothers and Daughters in Contemporary Italian Women’s Writing and Cinema. [February-April 2015]

Elsa Laflamme teaches French and literature at the Collège Gérald-Godin, a post-secondary institution in Montréal, Canada. In 2013, she completed her PhD in French Literature at the Université de Montréal. Entitled ‘Récit de l’événement et événement du récit chez Annie Ernaux, Hélène Cixous et Maurice Blanchot’, her thesis was conducted under the impulse of both Jacques Derrida’s thought and that of psychoanalysis, focusing on the events in the making in Ernaux, Cixous and Blanchot’s writings. She is now working on a book proposal to publish her thesis. Her article ‘Vision spectrale du génie: Jacques Derrida, Hélène Cixous et le génie’ is forthcoming in 2015 in Esprit créateur. During her stay at the Centre for the Study on Contemporary Women’s Writing, she will concentrate her research on her post-doctoral project entitled ‘Hélène Cixous’ Monsters: Propositions for an Ethics of/at the Limits’. She regularly contributes to Spirale, a Canadian journal dedicated to arts and humanities. [September 2014-June 2015]

Ana Gabriela Macedo is Professor of  English Literature at the University of Minho, Portugal. She is Director of the 'Humanities Research Centre' (CEHUM) where her main areas of research are comparative literature; feminist and gender studies; interarts and visual poetics; English literature (Modernism and Postmodernism). Among her publications are Paula Rego e o Poder da Visão. ‘A minha pintura é como uma história interior’ (Lisboa: Cotovia, 2010) and Dicionário da Crítica Feminista, edited with Ana Luísa Amaral, (Porto: Afrontamento, 2005). During her stay at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing she will be engaged in developing a project and book entitled Framing/Unframing, Resisting. Ways of ‘seeing differently’. Women and Gender in Contemporary Art and Literature. [October 2014-June 2015]

2013-2014

Michela Baldo is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing at the Institute (CCWW). Her doctoral thesis (Manchester, 2009) dealt with the translation into Italian of Italian-Canadian writing, focusing on the treatment of multilingualism in the translation of the trilogy of one of the best-known Italian-Canadian writers, Nino Ricci. She held a teaching fellowship in translation studies at the University of Birmingham, and is currently employed by the Università per stranieri di Siena (Italy), where she researches into subtitling and intercultural communication. She has written articles on Italian-Canadian works and their written and audio-visual translation into Italian, the most recent of which, published in the journal Translation Studies, is on translations by the Italian publishing house Cosmo Iannone editore. During her stay at the Institute she will be investigating more broadly the reception through translation of Italian-Canadian and Italian-American women writers in Italy (especially the recent translations of Louise de Salvo, Kym Ragusa and Mary di Michele). She is particularly interested in looking at the role played by this imported literature in the construction and representation of concepts like ‘Italianness’ and ‘foreignness’ in Italy and abroad. Another strand of research she is pursuing is the investigation of the concept ‘queer’, and its migration/translation into the Italian cultural sphere. Baldo has published articles on this topic and, in June 2013, was involved in the organization of the first queer ‘femme’ conference in Italy, held in Rome. She is currently working on a co-authored/co-edited book on drag kings in Italy, due to be published by ETS in December 2013. [September 2013-June 2014]

Simone Brioni is Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University, in the Department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. He received his PhD from the University of Warwick, where he was anEarly Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies. His doctoral thesis, 'The Somali Within: Questions of Language, Resistance and Identity', deals with the work of writers of Somali origin in Italian. Using cultural studies, translation studies and postcolonial theory, his work analyses the literary and cinematographic representation of migration and Italian colonialism. He edited the volumes Somalitalia:.Quattro vie per Mogadiscio (Kimerafilm, 2012) and Aulò! Aulò! Aulò! Poesie di nostalgia, d’esilio e d’amore (Kimerafilm, 2012) by Ribka Sibhatu, which respectively contain the documentaries Aulò. Roma postcoloniale and La quarta via. Mogadiscio Italia, for which he was co-director and co-author. His publications also include J.G. Ballard. Il futuro quotidiano (Prospettiva, 2011). [September 2013-September 2014]

Francesca Calamita is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing at the Institute (CCWW). She completed her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington where she is currently a Teaching Fellow in Italian in the School of Languages and Cultures.  Her doctoral thesis dealt with the fictional depiction of eating disorders in Italian women’s writings from the end of the 19th century to the 1960s. Francesca’s research interest focuses on the representation of women’s relationship with food and body from a feminist perspective as well as the fictional portrayal of psychopathologies and she has published articles and book chapters in this area. She is currently co-editing a volume on new perspectives on Italian gender studies. At the Institute she will work on the research project 'Addiction, Compulsion and Starvation: Eating Disorders as a Mean of Self-empowerment in Contemporary Italian Women’s Writing (1990-2011)' in preparation for the publication of her doctoral dissertation. [December 2013-July 2014] 

2012-2013

Dr Marie Carrière teaches Francophone and Comparative literature and is Director of the Canadian Literature Centre at the University of Alberta. She recently published a monograph titled Médée protéiforme (2012). She is also the author of Writing in the Feminine in French and English Canada: A Question of Ethics (2002). She is co-editor of Migrance comparée/Comparing Migrations (2008) and Les réécrivains (2011). Her research focuses on feminism, ethics, and contemporary writing. [May 2013]

2011-2012

Teresa Louro received her PhD and MA from the University of London. She was course leader for the BA in Gender in Text and History (Goldsmiths College) and programme leader for the Gender and Sexuality Seminar Series (IES, University of London). She has published on James Joyce, the fin de siècle, and contemporary Portuguese women’s poetry. She is currently working on editing a collected volume on Portuguese contemporary poet Ana Luísa Amaral as part of CCWW’s Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing Series. [June-July 2012]