Dr Federica Mazzara

Senior Lecturer in Intercultural Communication

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I was educated in Italy. In 2000-01 I studied for an MA in Translation Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Essex. I returned to Italy to commence studies for my PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Naples and combined my doctoral research with work as a research assistant at the University of Palermo. I was awarded my PhD in 2007 with a dissertation on the "Double works" of the Pre-Raphaelite poet-painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. In 2007 I was offered a two years Post-doctoral Mellon Fellowship at UCL with a research project on migration and culture. In 2009 I became Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL where I was also the Programme Director of the BA Language and Culture (2010-2015) and of the MA Gender Society and Representation (2010-2013). I joined Westminster in September 2015.

  • Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Complex Narratives: Representation, Meaning and Identity
  • Migration and Cultural Encounters

My research interrogates contemporary concerns in Europe regarding multiculturalism, gender and urban spaces as represented in cultural practices.

I have published articles in refereed journals, chapters in books, and I have co-edited the volume, "Dizionario degli studi culturali" ("Dictionary of Cultural Studies"), in 2004 that also include my contribution on the history of Translation Studies in Italy.

My first monograph "Lettere in Cornice" (Framed Letters) revolves around the relationship between words and images in the English literary and pictorial movement of Pre-Raphaelitism. My next  monograph (under contract with Peter Lang) entitled "Re-imagining Lampedusa: Migration from the Border specatacle to the Aesthetics of Subversion' will be out in 2019. The book explores the geographical, legal and political framing of asylum seekers and migrants through analyses of media representations, policy papers and art practices.

I am co- curating an exhibition at P21 Gallery in autumn 2018 on the subject of migrant deaths at sea, which will also form part of my research. The exhibition focusses on art being made on the subject by artists who have personal experience of the subject, shown alongside international artists. 

I am second supervisor of PhD projects that revolve around issues of migration, gender and intercultural communication.

I am review editor of the journal Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture(Intellect.) 

I keep a research blog: movingborders.blogspot.co.uk

2018

Re-imagining Lampedusa: Migration from the Border Spectacle to the Aesthetics of Subversion (2018)
Mazzara, F. 2018. Re-imagining Lampedusa: Migration from the Border Spectacle to the Aesthetics of Subversion. Peter Lang.

2010

Lettere in cornice: traduzioni artistico-letterarie di Dante Gabriel Rossetti (2010)
Mazzara, F. 2010. Lettere in cornice: traduzioni artistico-letterarie di Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Catania, Italy Bonanno.

2009

Pictorial turn: saggi di cultura visuale (2009)
Mazzara, F., Mitchell, W.J.T., Cammarata, V. and Carbone, A.L. Cometa, M. (ed.) 2009. Pictorial turn: saggi di cultura visuale. Italy Duepunti Edizione.

2004

Dizionario degli studi culturali (2004)
Mazzara, F., Coglitore, R. and Cometa, M. (ed.) 2004. Dizionario degli studi culturali. Rome, Italy Meltemi Editore.

2017

Objects, Debris and Memory of the Mediterranean Passage: Porto M in Lampedusa (2017)
Mazzara, F. 2017. Objects, Debris and Memory of the Mediterranean Passage: Porto M in Lampedusa. in: Proglio, G. and Odasso, L. (ed.) Border Lampedusa: Subjectivity, Visibility and Memory in Stories of Sea and Land Palgrave Macmillan.

2010

Narrare passaggi: intervista a Cristina Ali-Farah (2010)
Mazzara, F. 2010. Narrare passaggi: intervista a Cristina Ali-Farah. in: Ledgeway, A. and Lepschy, A.L. (ed.) Into and out of Italy: lingua e cultura della migrazione Italiana Perugia, Italy Guerra Edizioni. pp. 75-80

2008

Realismo e immagine digitale (2008)
Mazzara, F. and Mitchell, W.J.T. 2008. Realismo e immagine digitale. in: Coglitore, R. (ed.) Cultura visuale: paradigmi a confronto Palmero, Italy Duepunti Edizioni.

2007

Sorveglianza, sicurezza, spazio (2007)
Mazzara, F. and Elden, S. 2007. Sorveglianza, sicurezza, spazio. in: Cometa, M. and Vaccaro, S. (ed.) Lo sguardo di Foucault Rome, Italy Meltemi Edizione. pp. 109-134
Parresia visuale? Foucault e la verita dello sguardo (2007)
Mazzara, F. and Jay, M. 2007. Parresia visuale? Foucault e la verita dello sguardo. in: Cometa, M. and Vaccaro, S. (ed.) Lo sguardo di Foucault Rome, Italy Meltemi Edizione. pp. 19-39
La traduccion como estudio cultural (2007)
Mazzara, F. 2007. La traduccion como estudio cultural. in: Cometa, M., Lastra, A. and Villar Hernandez, P. (ed.) Estudios culturales: una introduccion Madrid, Spain Editorial Verbum. pp. 29-50
Un dipinto e i suoi sonetti: proserpine di Dante Gabriel Rossetti (2007)
Mazzara, F. 2007. Un dipinto e i suoi sonetti: proserpine di Dante Gabriel Rossetti. in: Coglitore, R. (ed.) Lo sguardo reciproco: letteratura e immagini tra Settecento e Novecento Pisa, Italy ETS. pp. 141-174

2006

The Lady of Shallot allo Specchio (2006)
Mazzara, F. 2006. The Lady of Shallot allo Specchio. in: Bellocchio, L. (ed.) Finestre Florence, Italy Le Monnier University. pp. 322-330

2005

La danza nel Novecento: un’esperienza di contaminazione dionisiaca (2005)
Mazzara, F. 2005. La danza nel Novecento: un’esperienza di contaminazione dionisiaca. in: Zanotti, P. (ed.) Contaminazioni Florence, Italy Le Monnier. pp. 218-228

2004

Studi sulla traduzione (2004)
Mazzara, F. 2004. Studi sulla traduzione. in: Cometa, M., Coglitore, R. and Mazzara, F. (ed.) Dizionario degli studi culturali Rome, Italy Meltemi Editore. pp. 478-487
Redefining Italian spaces: Piazza Vittorio and migratory aesthetics ()
Mazzara, F. Redefining Italian spaces: Piazza Vittorio and migratory aesthetics. in: Camilletti, F.A. and Caldwell, L. (ed.) Roman Modernities Oxford Legenda.

2016

Subverting the narrative of the Lampedusa borderscape (2016)
Mazzara, F. 2016. Subverting the narrative of the Lampedusa borderscape. Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture. 7 (2), pp. 135-147.

2015

Spaces of Visibility for the Migrants of Lampedusa: The Counter Narrative of the Aesthetic Discourse (2015)
Mazzara, F. 2015. Spaces of Visibility for the Migrants of Lampedusa: The Counter Narrative of the Aesthetic Discourse. Italian Studies. 70 (4), pp. 449-464.

2013

Performing post-migration cinema in Italy: 'Corazones de Mujer' by K Kosoof (2013)
Mazzara, F. 2013. Performing post-migration cinema in Italy: 'Corazones de Mujer' by K Kosoof. Modern Italy. 18 (1), pp. 41-53.

2012

Beyond Italian borders: Amara Lakhous and the Mediterranean alternative (2012)
Mazzara, F. 2012. Beyond Italian borders: Amara Lakhous and the Mediterranean alternative. Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture. 3 (1), pp. 71-87.

2008

Rossetti’s letters: intimate desires and 'sister arts' (2008)
Mazzara, F. 2008. Rossetti’s letters: intimate desires and 'sister arts'. Interfaces. (28), pp. 115-124.
La danza del Novecento: un'esperienza di contaminazione dionisiaca (2008)
Mazzara, F. 2008. La danza del Novecento: un'esperienza di contaminazione dionisiaca. Textos e Pretextos. (11), pp. 34-45.

2003

Persephone: her mythical return to Sicily (2003)
Mazzara, F. 2003. Persephone: her mythical return to Sicily. Arcojournal: e-journal of Dipartimento di Arti e Comunicazioni dell'Universita di Palermo. pp. 1-55.

2001

Reading and translating: the circulation of social energy (2001)
Mazzara, F. 2001. Reading and translating: the circulation of social energy. Norwich Papers: Studies in Literary Translation. 9, pp. 24-37.

2000

Viaggio in Sicilia (2000)
Mazzara, F. 2000. Viaggio in Sicilia. Nuove effemeridi Siciliane. 52 (IV), pp. 99-143.

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