The latest in a series of Grand Challenges lectures from the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Full details of this lecture will be advised in due course.
Mariangela's research interests lie at the intersection of Postcolonial and Cultural Studies; she writes on African literatures, migration and diaspora. Her monograph Ethics and Aesthetics in Toni Morrison’s Fiction (Brill - Rodopi 2018) focuses on the African-American experience, slavery and its legacies by exploring an aesthetics that is inseparable from the ethical. She is also interested in space and co-edited a book with John Miller, titled The Globalization of Space: Foucault and Heterotopia (Pickering and Chatto 2015) which explores the concept of heterotopia by examining a range of contested spaces from a multidisciplinary perspective. Her longer term research plans centre on a study of representations of contemporary migration between Africa and Europe and the idea of a postcolonial Mediterranean. Traversing postcolonial studies and cultural studies, this work will also address questions concerning identity, space culture and the environment.
She was Principal investigator (PI) of AHRC funded project 'Responding to Crisis' with Dr Agnes Wolley (RHUL); Co-Investigator of ESRC-AHRC 'Global Challenges scheme project 'Arts for Advocacy' with Dr Laura Jeffery (Edinburgh University). Both these projects are concerned with forced displacement and the role of the arts. She has curated and co-curated several exhibitions (mainly with video and photo installations) in both national and international venues (Glasgow, Naples, London, Rabat, Keele).
Mariangela studied at the Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale (Italy) where she obtained an MA in English and German; then moved on to the University of Strathclyde (UK) to complete a PhD in Postcolonial Studies. She has held teaching and research positions at the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Coimbra (Portugal). She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
This lecture will be available in person as well as online via Microsoft Teams. For those attending in person, refreshments will be available from 5.30pm onwards.
For those attending online, please register (by no later than 4.00pm on the day of the lecture) and joining instructions with further information will follow ahead of the lecture.
This lecture is free and all are welcome to attend.