Research Profile

Chiara Giuliani

Biography

I was awarded with a doctoral degree from the University of St Andrews in 2015, with a thesis entitled Negotiating Home Spaces: Spatial Practices in Italian Postcolonial Literature.

I received my BA in English and Spanish Literature from the University of Bologna in 2008 and completed my Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature and Postcolonial Cultures at the University of Bologna in 2010 with a final dissertation on Somali-Italian women writers and the controversial relationship between these two countries.



Research Interests

In my PhD thesis, I analysed selected Italian postcolonial novels from a spatial perspective, investigating the ways in which specific spaces come to play crucial roles in the narration. I examined the strategies through which characters (first generation migrants or with migrant origins) try to appropriate certain spaces, in the attempt to recreate feelings of home. The corpus comprised the work of Cristina Ubax Ali-Farah, Igiaba Scego, Shirin Ramzanali Fazel, Amara Lakhous and Gabriella Kuruvilla.
In my current research project, I investigate the ambiguities that shape the socio-economic relations between Italy and China and the role played by the Chinese community in Italy. The analysis is based on the close study of a wide corpus of novels, periodicals and TV shows in which the representation of China and of the Chinese community can be read as a mirror in which to delineate the discursive tensions underpinning this yet unfulfilled economic encounter. More recently I started analysing the growing phenomenon of Italian (and Chinese-Italian) expats to China and the way this affects not only the relationship between the two countries but the representation of China and Italy’s resident Chinese community.

My research interest comprises postcolonial theories, geocriticism, cultural geography, material culture and memory studies and Italian contemporary literature.

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2020)'Chinamen d’Italia: la nascita della comunità italo-cinese in due graphic novels'
Chiara Giuliani (2020) 'Chinamen d’Italia: la nascita della comunità italo-cinese in due graphic novels' In: M. Jansen, I. Lanslot, M. Spunta (eds). Viaggi minimi e luoghi qualsiasi. Florence: Franco Cesati Editore. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2019)'Domesticating Public Space in Italian Migration Literature: The Bench and the Park'
Giuliani, Chiara (2019) 'Domesticating Public Space in Italian Migration Literature: The Bench and the Park'. Annali D'Italianistica, 37 :321-340 [Details]
(2019)'Italiani Made in China: Defining Italianness in second-generation Chinese-Italians'
Giuliani, C (2019) 'Italiani Made in China: Defining Italianness in second-generation Chinese-Italians'. Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, 7 :75-92 [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'“Là dove c’era … ora c’è…” the threat of kebab shops to Italian culture'
Chiara Giuliani (2017) '“Là dove c’era … ora c’è…” the threat of kebab shops to Italian culture'. Italian Studies, 72 (4):455-466 [DOI] [Details]

Translations

 YearPublication
(2013)Uno sguardo all’altra sponda dell’Adriatico: Italia e Albania.
Chiara Giuliani (2013) Uno sguardo all’altra sponda dell’Adriatico: Italia e Albania. Nardo': Translations [Details]

Biographical-Item

 YearPublication
(2012)Ribka Sibhatu, between Eritrea and Italy.
Chiara Giuliani (2012) Ribka Sibhatu, between Eritrea and Italy. Biographical-Item   [Details]

Professional Activities

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2019)Studies Theory and Practice: An ECR Workshop,
Chiara Giuliani (2019) Maps of belonging: cartographies in Italian postcolonial literature. [Oral Presentation], Studies Theory and Practice: An ECR Workshop, University College Cork . [Details]
(2019)Cities in Conflict: Urban Space and Violence,
Chiara Giuliani (2019) ‘“This time the Chinese looked different to me […] They were in Milan. No longer in China”: via Paolo Sarpi and the Claims to the City’. [Oral Presentation], Cities in Conflict: Urban Space and Violence, University College Cork . [Details]
(2019)Society for Italian Studies, Biennial Conference,
Chiara Giuliani (2019) Liu Bolin: the invisible man haunting Italy. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Society for Italian Studies, Biennial Conference, University of Edinburgh . [Details]
(2018)XXIII Convegno Internazionale AIPI,
Chiara Giuliani (2018) Chinamen d’Italia: la nascita della comunità italo-cinese in due graphic novels. [Oral Presentation], XXIII Convegno Internazionale AIPI, Università per Stranieri di Siena . [Details]
(2018)All things considered: material culture and memory,
Chiara Giuliani (2018) Rhinos and earrings: objects of absence and absent objects in Ali Farah’s 'Madre piccola' and Scego’s 'La mia casa è dove sono’. [Oral Presentation], All things considered: material culture and memory, University College Cork . [Details]
(2018)Conference on Resistance in Italian Culture: Literature, Politics and Film,
Chiara Giuliani (2018) El borg di scigulatt and Chinatown: dynamics of exclusion, belonging and resistance. [Oral Presentation], Conference on Resistance in Italian Culture: Literature, Politics and Film, University of Sussex, Brighton . [Details]
(2018)Italy and Asia: Past and Present,
Chiara Giuliani (2018) O icché ttu ci va’ a fare ’n Cina, Nini, ... che i cinesi son tutti qui!’: Italian Expats in China. [Oral Presentation], Italy and Asia: Past and Present, Maydol University, Salaya, Thailand . [Details]
(2017)Urban Space and the Body,
Chiara Giuliani (2017) I’m looking for a place, places, where the city will speak for me – speak me, indeed. Utter me’. Domesticating Public Space in Italian Transnational Literature. [Oral Presentation], Urban Space and the Body, University College Cork . [Details]
(2017)Society for Italian Studies Biennial Conference,
Chiara Giuliani (2017) Italian Expats in China, Chinese Migrants in Italy: Representations, Perceptions and Implications. [Oral Presentation], Society for Italian Studies Biennial Conference, University of Hull . [Details]
(2016)Italy and China, Europe and East Asia: Centuries of Dialogue,
Chiara Giuliani (2016) The ‘Chinese-Italian Threat’ to Italian National Identity. [Oral Presentation], Italy and China, Europe and East Asia: Centuries of Dialogue, University of Toronto . [Details]
(2016)Transnational Italies: Mobility, Subjectivities and Modern Italian Cultures,
Chiara Giuliani (2016) Italiani made in China: notions of ‘Italianness’ in second generation Chinese-Italians. [Oral Presentation], Transnational Italies: Mobility, Subjectivities and Modern Italian Cultures, British School at Rome . [Details]
(2014)Postgraduate Network of Italian Studies in Scotland 2014 Symposium,
Chiara Giuliani (2014) Negotiating Home Spaces: Spatial Practices in Italian Postcolonial Literature. [Oral Presentation], Postgraduate Network of Italian Studies in Scotland 2014 Symposium, University of Glasgow . [Details]
(2014)City Margins, City Memories,
Chiara Giuliani (2014) ‘Là dove c’era … ora c’è…’ the threat of kebab shops to Italian culture. [Oral Presentation], City Margins, City Memories, Bangor University . [Details]
(2014)Invisible Empires. Italy and Economies of Exchange,
Chiara Giuliani (2014) ‘È come se mi trovassi nel centro di Pechino’. The Chinese Community in Italy and Italians in China: A Growing Discrepancy. [Oral Presentation], Invisible Empires. Italy and Economies of Exchange, University of St Andrews . [Details]
(2013)Across Borders: Translation and Migration,
Chiara Giuliani (2013) You ‘write’ it phone centre, you ‘call’ it home: the phone centre in Italian postcolonial dynamics. [Oral Presentation], Across Borders: Translation and Migration, Cardiff University . [Details]
(2013)Postgraduate Network of Italian Studies in Scotland Inaugural Event,
Chiara Giuliani (2013) Il mio palazzo e la mia panchina e il mio bar’. Via Padova: practices of belonging. [Oral Presentation], Postgraduate Network of Italian Studies in Scotland Inaugural Event, University of St Andrews . [Details]

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Modules taught:    
  • IT2102 - The Language of the Italian Media 
  • IT2310 - Issues in Contemporary Italian Society through Film and Documentaries
  • IT2311- New Italians: Race, Identity and Memory in Contemporary Literature
  • IT3317 - Cinematic Representations of the anni di piombo 
  • LL6037 - Migration and Culture
  • LL2108 - Crossing Borders: Cultures and Societies 
  • IT1201 - Post-Unification Italian Culture and Society
  • IT1101 - Introduction to Written and Spoken Italian 


Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2021Cinematic Representations of the 'anni di piombo' IT3317Cinematic Representations of the 'anni di piombo'
2021New Italians: Race, Identity and Memory in Contemporary Literature IT2311New Italians: Race, Identity and Memory in Contemporary Literature

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