Elisa Vivaldi


Year of study: 1

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Department of European Languages and Cultures
School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
University of Edinburgh

50 George Square
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I am a PhD candidate and Tutor in Italian at the University of Edinburgh, where I investigate the way in which literary and philosophical production inform and influence our understanding of identity and community. My PhD project intends to shed light on the mechanism behind the production of a shared European Cultural Heritage in the years following WWII, and on the way in which it influenced the construction of a marked, yet problematic, European Identity. My proposal was awarded the prestigious College Research Award, that will fund the research for the duration of my doctorate. While my main research interests are concerned with Contemporary Italian Literature and Thought, I always favoured a comparative approach. My work thus intersects the fields of Literary Theory, Aesthetics, Continental Philosophy, Biopolitics and Mimetic Theory, thriving in interdisciplinarity and a marked theoretical drive. 


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I obtained both my master’s degree in Italian Studies (Laurea Magistrale in Italianistica) and My bachelor’s degree in Humanities (Laurea Triennale in Lettere) with honours at the University of Pisa,  where I worked as Tutor in Contemporary Italian Literature, Italian Linguistics and Historical Linguistics. I was then appointed and still serve as Subject Expert (Cultore della Materia) in Contemporary Italian Literature, working as assistant examiner and member of the examination board for the subject. 


Responsibilities & affiliations

I am the current PGR representative for the Society for Italian Studies (SIS).

Conference details

  • '‘Uccidiamo il chiaro di luna!’, Crisis, Critique and Aesthetic Practices from Futurismo to the Neoavaguardia', talk for Mutamenti. Overcoming Crises (Graduate Symposium Johns Hopkins University - Yale University) October 27-28 2023, Yale University.