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Giulia Borrini


Giulia Borrini


Research overview


I completed my BA degree in 2009 and a MA in 2012 (Cum Laude) in Arabic and English Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Bologna. During my studies in Bologna, I obtained an Erasmus studentship to study at the University of Edinburgh for the third year of my undergraduate degree (2007/08). I was also awarded the University of Bologna Overseas Exchange Programme Scholarship(Feb 2011-June 2011) to study at the University of Auckland and carry out part of my research for my final MA thesis Testi, Contesti e Intertesti: l’ombra di Dickens agli Antipodi. This work focused on the Australian and New Zealand re-writings of the canonical novel Great Expectations (1860).

In 2017 I completed a second MA at University College Cork (Republic of Ireland) where I was awarded a First-Class Honours degree. During the time spent in UCC, I developed my research interests in Italian postcolonial issues.  My dissertation addressed how the characters of the novel Adua (2015) by Igiaba Scego act according to Deleuze’s theory of the mediator.  In addition, I took modules in Feminist and Gender Studies, Politics, and Research Methodologies which have strengthened my breadth of theoretical understanding and continue to inform my thinking on a range of issues.

Work Experience

Following my first MA graduation in 2012, I took up an Arts Residency sponsored by the European Voluntary Service (EVS) programme at the Irish NGO Cork Community Artlink. For seven months I worked closely with the local community on creative arts projects and programmes in a range of community and social contexts. My projects included street theatre and performance and this participatory public art made extensive use of recycled materials.

From 2013 until 2017 I worked as a Technical Account Manager for an American corporation based in Cork.

Doctoral research

My doctoral research examines how photography, text, cinema and a wide range of other media such as architecture interact in new narrative forms representing identities in contemporary Italy. Using theories of intermediality, visual culture, and close textual analysis, I analyse both literary and audio-visual works that originate from photographs. The investigation of the interaction between postcolonial subjects and innovations in verbal-visual representation illustrates how Italy is coming to terms both with its colonial past and the current migration crisis in the Mediterranean.

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