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Simone Brioni

Assistant Professor of Italian Studies

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Dr. Simone Brioni received his PhD from the University of Warwick, where he was also an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies. In 2013-14, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Modern Language Research, University of London.

Simone completed his doctoral thesis, under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Burns, at Warwick's Italian department in 2012. His PhD thesis, The Somali Within: Questions of Language, Resistance and Identity in 'Minor' Italian Writings, analyses the writings by Italian authors of Somali origins from 1994 to 2012, providing an overview of the development of migrant writings in Italy from the perspective of a specific post-colonial encounter, that between Italy and its “last colony”, Somalia. The Somali Within employs Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattariʼs notion of ʻminor literatureʼ in order to identify the three main features in these writings, namely the presence of Somali terms within the Italian text, their political engagement against race and gender discrimination, and the construction of their subjectivity as a social entity, inseparable from the lives of both others members of the Somali diaspora or immigrants to Italy.

Professional Activities

Using cultural studies, translation studies and postcolonial theory, his work analyses the literary and cinematographic representation of migration and Italian colonialism. He edited the bilingual volumes (Italian and English) Somalitalia. Quattro vie per Mogadiscio (Kimerafilm, 2012) and Aulò! Aulò! Aulò! Poesie di nostalgia, d’esilio e d’amore (Kimerafilm, 2012) by Ribka Sibhatu, which respectively contain the documentaries Aulò. Roma postcoloniale and La quarta via. Mogadiscio Italia, for which he was co-director and co-author. His publications also include J.G. Ballard. Il futuro quotidiano (Prospettiva, 2011).

Research Interests

Postcolonial Theory
Migration Studies
Intersemiotic and Intercultural Translation
Postmodern Literature
Film Studies and Filmmaking

Fellowships, Grants and Awards

2013 – 2014 Institute for Modern Languages Research Visiting Fellow, University of London. Visiting Fellowship.
2013 Warwick Arts Faculty Impact Award (Shortlisted)
2011 – 2012 Institute for Advanced Studies Early Career Fellowship, University of Warwick. Research Fellowship.
2012 (June-July) Work Experience Bursary, University of Warwick.
2010 – 2011 Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning Collaboration Fund, University of Warwick. Teaching and Conference Fund.
2010 – 2011 Humanities Research Centre Postgraduate Scholars Programme 2010, University of Warwick. Conference award.
2010 Humanities Research Fund, University of Warwick. Travel grant.
2009 – 2012 Warwick Italian Department, PhD Bursary. Research Award.

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