Journal Articles, peer-reviewed

2019. ‘Visuality, Race, and Nation in Italy. Roundtable Discussion’, Journal of Visual Culture, Vol. 18, Issue 1, 53-80.

2014. ‘The Grotesque as a Tool. Deconstructing the Imperial Narrative in Two Commedie all’italiana by Ettore Scola’, Incontri. Rivista europea di studi italiani, Vol. 29, No. 2, 43-54.

2013. ‘The Other in Italian Postcolonial Cinema. Pasolini and Fellini. Two Case Studies, Incontri. Rivista Europea di Studi Italiani, Vol. 28, No. 1, 34-43.

Book Chapters
. ‘The Concept of ‘Migrant Literature’ in the Netherlands: The Case of Writers of the Somali Diaspora and Their Dutch Contexts’, in: Italy and the Literatures from the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti). Beyond the Language and the Territory, eds. Daniele Comberiati and Xavier Luffin, Canterano: Aracne, pp. 139-160.

2017. ‘La Piccola Roma. The Female Characteristics of Unoccupied Spaces in ‘Totò Films’, in: City and Migration. Unfolding Asmara’s Architecture, eds. Peter Volgger, Stefan Graf, Berlin: DOM Publishers, 316-325.

2015. ‘New Postcolonial Art Forms: Timira as Multi-Genre Object Between Cinema and Literature’, written with Daniele Comberiati, in: Destination Italy. Representing Migration in Contemporary Media and Narrative, eds. Emma Bond, Guido Bonsaver and Federico Faloppa, Oxford: Peter Lang (series Italian Modernity), 271-286.

‘Insider/Outsider Perspectives on Lampedusa in Film and Literature’, written with Gioia Panzarella, in: Fortress Europe, Border Lampedusa. Migrations across the Mediterranean Sea in cultural perspective, eds. Gabriele Proglio and Laura Odasso, forthcoming.

Review of: Clocking Out: The Machinery of Life in 1960s Italian Cinema, Karen Pinkus (2020) Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 157 pp.,ISBN 978-1-51790-854-6, p/bk, £18.99, Journal of Italian Media Studies, 2022.

Voices on Italy’s Recent History: Aulò: Roma postcoloniale and La quarta via, Incontri. Rivista europea di studi italiani, Vol. 28, No. 1, 101-103.
Review of: Simone Brioni (ed.), Somalitalia: Quattro Vie per Mogadiscio/Somalitalia: Four Roads to Mogadishu. With the documentary La quarta via: Mogadiscio, Pavia. Roma, Kimerafilm, 2012, 37 p., and Ribka Sibhatu, Aulò! Aulò! Aulò! Poesie di nostalgia, d’esilio ed’amore. Aulò! Aulò! Aulò! Poems of Nostalgia, Exile and Love. With the documentary by Simone Brioni (ed.) Aulò: Romapostcoloniale, Roma, Kimerafilm, 2012, 41 p.

Conference Organization
The Short Story Cycle: Circling Around a Genre?

Conference Papers: Invited Talks

June 7, 2018. ‘Revisiting Visual Archives, and Questioning Collective Memory: The Icon of Federico Fellini and His Portrayal of the Fragile Concept of italianità, Visuality, Race and Nation in Italy: Roundtable and Book Launch, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, London, UK.

May 28, 2018. Embodied Encounters through Research: Africa is You (2016) and the Impact of the Oral Tradition, Embodied Encounters and the Senses in Modern Languages, Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London.

November 28, 2017. ‘Totò e la razza: The Female Characteristics of Unoccupied Spaces in “Totò Films”’, Cinema e identità italiana: panel Identità italiana, biopolitica e razza, Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy.

March 11, 2017. ‘Trespassing Borders: Postcolonialism from Peripheral Experiences: Somalia in Birmingham?’, Trespassing the Borders: Redefining Postcolonialism from Peripheral Experiences, University of Warwick.

4 March 2016, “Aulò, Roma Postcoloniale, in conversation with Director Simone Brioni”, Identities in Motion. Legacies and Representations of Mobility in Contemporary Italy, University of Warwick.

29 May, 2015. The Figure of the Black Other in the commedia all’italiana: Hidden Traces of Italy’s Colonial Past?’, Black Portraiture[s] II: Imagining the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories, NYU in Florence.

10 September, 2013. ‘Dutch Somali Writers and Their Contexts’, Littératures de la Corne de lAfrique, U.L.B., Brussels.

Conference Papers: Other (Selection)
23 April, 2016. ‘Stereotypes of Italians and Their Black Others in Five Commedie all’italiana’, American Association for Italian Studies Conference, Baton Rouge

June 7, 2015, ‘Fernando Rivoli as Lo sceicco bianco: two sides of the same coin?’, Intersections/Intersezioni, Italy in Music, Art, Literature, and Cinema, Giornata di Studio su Federico Fellini, California State University, Florence, Italy.

November 6, 2014, Marcello Mastroianni tipico inetto italiano: i suoi ruoli nella commedia all’italiana e il concetto di “italianità”’, Marcello Mastroianni: Stile Italiano, Icona Internazionale, Università degli Studi di Torino.

Film poster for Totò Sceicco (Mario Mattoli, 1950)