Silvana Carotenuto



Silvana Carotenuto is Associate Professor at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” where teaches English Literature. Her fields of research are: Deconstruction, écriture feminine, Cultural and Postcolonial Studies. She translated into Italian “Tre passi sulla scala della scrittura (Bulzoni, 2000) by Hélène Cxious; her last book is entitled La lingua di Cleopatra. Traduzioni e sopravvivenze decostruttive (Marietti, 2009). In 2012 she edited “Impossible Derrida. Works of Invention” (special issue) darkmatter vol. 8, in the same issue she published “Deriddean Cinders/ Sacred Holocausts”. She has recently devoted her work to the issue of ‘exile’: she led a workshop in occasion of the ISEA 2011 in Istanbul and edited, together with Wanda Balzano, the special issue “Writing Exile: Women, the Arts, and Technologies”, on Anglistica 17 1 (2013). Her forthcoming publications are: A Feminist Critique of Knowledge Production, edited by S. Carotenuto, R. Jambresic Kirin and B. Prienda (UPress, 2014), in the same issue “Photographic Difference: the ‘Only Side of Life’; and ‘Go Wonder’: Plasticity, Dissemination and (the Mirage of) Revolution” in B. Bhandar e and J. Goldeberg-Hiller (eds.), Plastic Materialities: Politics, Legality, and Metamorphosis in the Work of Catherine Malabou, Duke University Press, USA (forthcoming 2014-15).

Beatrice Ferrara


Beatrice Ferrara is an independent researcher, whose activity focuses on museums, archives and art-working practices in the context of the contemporary global migrations; critical race theory and representation; media theory from a post-colonial perspective. She has held affiliations at the ICI Berlin, Germany (2014-15); “L’Orientale” in Naples, as a researcher and project assistant within the EU Project “MeLa* – European Museums in an Age of Migrations”, and as a teaching fellow (2012-14); Goldsmiths University of London, as the winner of an EU research residency bursary (2009). She is the author of many essays and articles in Italian and English, the editor of Cultural Memory, Migrating Modernities and Museum Practices (2012), and the co-editor of Postcolonial Matters (forthcoming). She serves as Board Member for the Critical Contemporary Culture Journal and degenere – Journal of Literary, Postcolonial and Gender Studies, and as Cultural Theory Editor for the Open Library of Humanities Project.

Celeste Ianniciello


PhD in cultural and postcolonial studies, and member of the Center for Postcolonial and Gender Studies at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”; researcher in the European project MeLa, about the re-thinking of museums and archives in the light of global migration processes. Her research is focused on cultural studies, visual culture studies, postcolonial and feminist art, the ethic and aesthetic of borders and border-crossings, in particular in the mediterranean area. She has co-edited the volume The Postcolonial Museum: The Arts of Memory and the Pressures of History, to be published by Ashgate.

Annalisa Piccirillo


Annalisa Piccirillo completed the PhD in “Cultural and Postcolonial Studies of the Anglophone World” in 2012, with a dissertation entitled “Disseminated Choreographies: Female Body-Archives”. Today she is a research fellow based at the Dep. of Human and Social Sciences of the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, where she carries out the project: “New practices of memories: Mediterranean Matri-archives”. She has published several articles and essays, in her writing she combines gender critical approaches with deconstructionist perspectives in order to investigate contemporary performance-based languages. She is member of the “Choreography and Corporeality Working Group” (IFTR/FIRT); and is teaching assistant in “English Literature”.

Roberta Colavecchio


Roberta Colavecchio is a researcher at “L’Orientale” University of Naples. Her academic formation and research interests are specifically located in the field of new media theory (cyberculture, network society, digital humanities) at the intersection with the transdisciplinary perspective of cultural studies and postcolonial theory (race, class, gender, sexuality). From this double perspective, her research addresses the study of contemporary cultural processes, and problematizes the themes of difference, migration, mobility, globalization, investigated through contemporary art and aesthetic. Her most recent research enters the controversial debate on New Materialism, and contributes to it with a specific attention to the issues of nature and ecology in relation to contemporary new media art. She contributes to an Italian quarterly journal of arts and culture (EQUIPèCO), for which she edits the section Technoculture. She occasionally participates in art projects and events as an assistant, collaborator and/or curator.

Manuela Esposito


Manuela Esposito completed her PhD in “Cultural and Postcolonial Studies of the Anglophone World” at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, with a dissertation devoted to “Elemental Landscapes. Writing Natures of the Contemporary Feminine Diaspora”. Her research explores the connections between the philosophical concept of Nature as elaborated by Baruch Spinoza in his Ethic, and the Caribbean diasporic feminine writing, in particular in the works by Helen Oyeyemi, Elizabeth Nunez, M.E. John and Andrea Levy. She has published “Is It Possible to Archive Nature? Practices of Feminine Memory” (Estetica, 2012), e “Tales of Transit: Andrea Levy, Roshini Kempadoo and Julie Otsuka” (Anglistica 2013).