Gabriele Proglio


Gabriele Proglio is an Oral and Cultural Historian. His research specializations include History of the Mediterranean, mobility and borders, migration and diaspora studies, subjectivity and memory studies, postcolonial theory and decolonial thought, colonial heritages in Europe. In 2014, he received his PhD degree in Contemporary History from the Department of History, University of Turin, defending a thesis dedicated to analyze Italian colonial imaginaries during the war for conquering Libya. In 2015, he was a visiting scholar at the University of California Berkeley. He is formerly Assistant Professor in History of the Mediterranean and History of the Arab World at the University El Manar, Tunis (2015-2018). He was an Associate Research in the framework of the ERC founded research project titled 'Bodies Across Borders: Oral and Visual Memories in Europe and Beyond' which was headed by Prof. Luisa Passerini and based at the European University Institute. During the 5 years project, he conduct a research on oral and visual memory collecting interviews with people coming from or culturally connected with Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia - former Italian colonies - on various topics such as the idea of Europe and Europeanness and the memory of different types of colonialism. He is author of Memorie oltre confine. La letteratura postcoloniale italiana in prospettiva storica (ombre corte, 2011), Libia 1911-1912. Immaginari coloniali e italianità (Mondadori-Le Monnier 2016). He edited several books such as Decolonising the Mediterranean. European Colonial Heritages in North Africa and the Middle East (Cambridge 2017), Border Lampedusa. Subjectivity, Visibility and Memory in Stories of Sea and Land (with Laura Odasso, Palgrave 2018). Among his recent publication: Is the Mediterranean a White Italian-European Sea? The multiplication of borders in the production of historical subjectivity (Interventions, 2018) and Silences and voices of mediterranean crossings: (inter)subjectivity and empathy as research practice (Revista Brasileira de Perquisa (Auto)Biográfica 2018).

Latest Publications

Book Chapter

Proglio, Gabriele (2019), 'Geography of emotions' across the Mediterranean. Oral memories and dissonant heritages of the Colonial past and slavery, in Tuuli Lahdesmaki, Luisa Passerini, Sigrid Kaasik and Iris van Huis (org.), Dissonant Heritages and Memories in Today's Europe. Palgrave, 249-272

Book Chapter

Proglio, Gabriele (2019), The Mediterranean as a mirror and ghost of the colonial past: the role of cultural memory in the production of populist narratives in Italy, in Chiara De Cesari and Ayhan Kaya (org.), European Memory in Populism: Representations of Self and Other. Routledge, 112-128


Proglio, Gabriele (2019), Mediterraneo nero. Archivio, memorie, corpi. Manifestolibri