Gaia Giuliani


Biography

Gaia Giuliani (PhD: University of Torino 2005; Postdocs: University of Bologna 2009; University of Technology Sydney 2010) is a researcher at the Centro de Estudos Socias (CES), University of Coimbra (PT) (2015-2021) and founding member of InteRGRace - Interdisciplinary Research Group on Race and Racisms (2014- FISPPA, University of Padova). In 2018 she was awarded the title of Associate professor in Political philosophy (ASN 2017, Italy) Also in 2018 she became Principal investigator of the FCT-funded three-year project "(De)OTHERING - Deconstructing Risk and Otherness: hegemonic scripts and counter-narratives on migrants/refugees and 'internal Others' in Portuguese and European mediascapes"(2018-2121): POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029997. She was research assistant in Political Theory and Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Bologna (Italy), Dept. Social and Political Studies (2013-2015) and undergraduate supervisor at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge (2015). She has been honorary visiting scholar at the University of Technology Sydney, NSW (2007-2010), at the University of Leeds (2013), at Goldsmiths College, University of London (2014), at the Dept. of Sociology, University of Cambridge (2017), at the Dept. of History, Fordham University New York (2018) and at Birkbeck Institute for Humanities, University of London (2018). Among her publications: the single-authored monographic book "Beyond curiosity. James Mill e la costruzione del governo coloniale britannico in India" (Aracne, 2008); the co-authored monographic book "Bianco e nero. Storia dell'identità razziale degli italiani" with dr. Cristina Lombardi-Diop (Le Monnier 2013) awarded with the First prize 2014 in the 20th-21st century category by the American Association for Italian Studies; the edited book "Il colore della nazione" (Le Monnier 2015), the single-authored book "Zombi, alieni e mutanti. Le paure dall'11 settembre a oggi" (Le Monnier 2016) and a number of international academic journal articles and book chapters in English on intersectional constructions of race in colonial and postcolonial situations. In 2018 she has published hee first monographic book in English "Race, Nation, and Gender in Modern Italy: Intersectional Representations in Visual Culture" (Palgrave Macmillan). In 2020 she will publish the Routledge monographic book titled "Environmental Disasters, Migrations and the War on Terror: A Postcolonial Investigation of Cultural Constructions of Monstrosity". Her research interests focus on visual constructions of race and whiteness from an intersectional viewpoint in British and Italian nation-building processes and colonial experiences, the US, the Pacific, and postcolonial Europe. Her methodology crosses Critical race and whiteness studies, Postcolonial Theory, Cultural and Gender studies and uses a number of texts (written and visual; political, literary, and scientific). In 2013 she has become Secretary of the Editors of the Italian academic journal Studi Culturali and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Australian academic journal Settler Colonial Studies. In 2013 she has also become member of the international and interdiscipinary network White Spaces at the University of Leeds. Her research project at CES (2015-) aims at a critical discourse analysis of texts coding 'fears of disasters and crisis' and their cultural, social, and political impact on European self-representations in terms of racial formations and 'white fantasies'. In order to grasp how and to what extent 'fears of disaster' engender European self-representations, it investigates the emotional coding of 'sameness' and 'otherness' at play in modern unified Europe.


Latest Publications

Article in Scientific journal

Giuliani, Gaia (2018), "Razza cagna: mondo movies, the white heterosexual male gaze, and the 1960s-1970s imaginary of the nation", Modern Italy, 23, 4, 429-444

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Article in Scientific journal

Giuliani, Gaia; Barbora, Monica Di; Perilli, Vincenza; Njegosh, Tatiana Petrovich; Polizzi, Goffredo (2018), "Tavola Rotonda. Visualizzare la Razza e Costruire la Bellezza in Italia (1922-2018)", Italian Studies, 73, 4, 432-460

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Book

Giuliani, Gaia (2018), Race, Nation and Gender in Modern Italy. Intersectional Representations in Visual Culture. Palgrave Macmillan UK

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