Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


30 May 2018

Gaia Giuliani - Race, Nation and Gender in Modern Italy: Intersectional Representations in Visual Culture

Presented By Gaia Giuliani, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
  • 1:00-2:00 pm CRCC Seminar Series
  • U1.22 Brockington Building

About this event

In this talk, Gaia Giuliani will present key findings from her newly published book (Palgrave, 2018), which carries the same title of her talk. The book explores intersectional constructions of race and whiteness in modern and contemporary Italy through an analysis of political debates and social practices, focusing in particular on visual materials from the unification of Italy (1861) to the present day. Giuliani draws attention to re-articulations of the transnationally constructed Italian ‘colonial archive’ in Italian racialised identity-politics and cultural racisms across processes of nation building, emigration, colonial expansion, and the construction of the first post-fascist Italian society. Giuliani considers the ‘figures of race’ peopling the Italian colonial archive as composing past and present ideas and representations of (white) Italianness and racialised/gendered Otherness.


Gaia Giuliani is a Researcher in Postcolonial Studies at the Centro de Estudos Sociais, University of Coimbra, Portugal and a Founding Member of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Race and Racisms, University of Padova, Italy. She has published widely in the areas of race, nation and gender in Italy. Her co-authored book Bianco e Nero (Mondadori, 2013) was the winner of the 19th-20th century book prize by the American Association for Italian Studies.