Federica G Pedriali

Professor of Literary Metatheory and Modern Italian Studies

  • Italian Section
  • Department of European Languages and Cultures
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details

Address

Street

Room 3.26
50 George Square

City
Edinburgh
Post code
EH8 9LH

Availability

  • Office Hours by Teams Appointment – Th 4:15-5pm; F 1:15-2pm

Background

Federica G. Pedriali is Professor and Chair of Literary Metatheory and Modern Italian Studies. She is Director of the Edinburgh Gadda Projects, Director and General Editor of the Edinburgh Journal of Gadda Studies, Chair of the Edinburgh Gadda Prize, and Director of the Italo-Scottish Research Cluster. She is also Director of Research (Department of European Languages and Cultures) and Head of Italian Studies. 

Federica has published extensively on the contemporary Italian canon and its margins, with applications from Continental Philosophy, in particular French Theory, and more recently Biopolitics, Ecocriticism and Decoloniality. Her work, including her teaching and postgraduate supervision, intersects Biopolitics, Cognitive Narratology, Continental Philosophy, Decoloniality and Decolonial Studies, Migration and Diaspora Studies, the Environmental Humanities, Modern and Contemporary Italian Culture, Performance Studies and Political Theory.

Federica’s approach to academic work combines a marked theoretical drive and a highly collaborative research ethos, with strong commitment to her communities. Through the Edinburgh Gadda Projects, these now reach deep into the larger community, especially as a result of the close links she has established with both the creative industries and the wider educational sector since founding the Edinburgh Gadda Prize in 2010.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Professional Roles at Edinburgh

  • Professor and Chair of Literary Metatheory and Modern Italian Studies
  • Director of Research, Department of European Languages and Cultures
  • Director Edinburgh Gadda Projects
  • Director and General Editor EJGS – Edinburgh Journal of Gadda Studies
  • Head of Italian Studies
  • Director ISRC Italo-Scottish Research Cluster
  • Research Adviser for Italian
  • Postgraduate Coordinator

Appointments

  • Visiting Professor, Harvard University, 2014-2016
  • Visiting Professor, Pavia University, 2012
  • Promotion to a Personal Chair (Full Professor equivalent), Edinburgh University, 2008
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Research Leave, 2005
  • Visiting Fellow, Harvard University, 2005
  • Promotion to a Readership (Associate Professor equivalent), Edinburgh University, 2004
  • Visiting Professor, Harvard University, 2000-2001

External Examiner Appointments

  • Oxford University, 2021, Viva, PhD Programme
  • Siena, 2020, Viva, Masters Programme
  • IULM, 2019, Viva, PhD Programme
  • Oxford University, 2018-, UG Programme
  • Trieste University, 2018, Viva, PhD Programme
  • Harvard University, 2017, Viva, PhD Programme
  • Florence University, 2017, Viva, PhD Programme
  • Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa, 2016, Viva, PhD Programme
  • National University Ireland Galway, 2014-2017, UG & PG Programmes
  • Ghent University, 2014, Viva, PhD Programme
  • St Andrews University, 2014, Viva, PhD Programme
  • Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa, 2012, Viva, PhD Programme
  • Durham University, 2009-2013, UG & PG Programmes

Undergraduate teaching

Edinburgh

  • Biopower. Troubling Power from Foucault to Agamben – DELC Common Course, Honours and Masters Levels, Full Semester Option
  • Cleaning up the “Mess” (Gadda: A Test for Theory) – Italian 4 Honours, Full Semester Option
  • Decolonisation Impossible: Europe, Italy, Rome – Italian 2 Module
  • Guarded Sea. Biopolitics of Immunity and Exoneration – DELC Common, Y2 Module 
  • Italy by Design. Materiality, Intermediality and Commodification from Leonardo to the MAXXI – DELC Common, Honours and Masters Levels, Full Semester Option
  • Migration Diaspora Exile. The Politics of Representation – DELC Common, Y2 Full Semester Course
  • The World’s Laboratory. Italian Biopolitics from Giordano Bruno to Roberto Esposito – Italian 4 Honours, Full Semester Option

Harvard

  • Deconstructing Rome – Italian 132, Full Semester Option
  • Italy The Seven Deadly Sins – Italian 133, Full Semester Option
  • Situated Minds. Total Toxicity & Other Modernist Embodiment – Italian 134, Full Semester Option

Postgraduate teaching

Edinburgh

  • MSc Comparative Literature, Theory and Methods – Affirmative Biopolitics and the Holocaust, Core Course Module
  • MSc Comparative Literature – Situated Mind Theory, Core Course Module
  • MSc European Studies – From Freud to Foucault. Scientific Knowledge and Social Constraint, Core Course Module
  • MSc Intermediality – Designing for Dissonant Heritage, Core Course Module
  • MSc Autonomy of Performance – Gadda Goes to War. Politics of Performance, Core  Course Module

Harvard

  • Gadda Goes To War. Provocations around the State-Stage – Italian 240, Full Semester Option
  • Locating Utopos. From Thomas More to Veronica Roth – Italian 242, Full Semester Option
  • Italian Biopolitics from Giordano Bruno to Roberto Esposito – Italian 244, Full Semester Option
  • Postgraduate Research Supervision – Italian 320, Full Year

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

Yes

Areas of interest for supervision

Federica welcomes research proposals intersecting Biopolitics, Cognitive Narratology, Continental Philosophy, Decoloniality and Decolonial Studies, Migration and Diaspora Studies, the Environmental Humanities, Modern and Contemporary Italian Culture, Performance Studies and Political Theory.

Research summary

Federica has published extensively on the contemporary Italian canon and its margins, with applications from Continental Philosophy, in particular French Theory, and more recently Biopolitics, Ecocriticism and Decoloniality. Her work, including her teaching and postgraduate supervision, intersects the following research areas:

  • Biopolitics
  • Cognitive Narratology
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Decoloniality and Decolonial Studies
  • French and Italian Theory
  • Migration and Diaspora Studies
  • Environmental Humanities and Ecocriticism
  • Modern and Contemporary Italian Culture
  • Performance Studies
  • Political Theory

Knowledge exchange

View all 59 publications on Research Explorer

Outputs | 90 publications, incl 4 single-authored monographs

Print Volume | 4,689 pages in print (1,424 single-authored; 3,265 edited)

Awards | Marcel Proust Prize 2018 | Mario Soldati Prize 2006 | Nuove Lettere Prize 2005

Large Grants | European Commission, Carnegie Trust, Royal Society UK (Total: £250,000)

Inaugural Lecture (2012) | 5,000 YouTube views

Milestone Data (2007) | Edinburgh Gadda Projects  | 7.3% of user traffic to Edinburgh servers | 3rd most accessed Edinburgh-generated resource on College server

Other Data | Edinburgh Gadda Projects | 29,410 google result on ave per search | 744 sessions per week | 1,926 page views per week | 524 users per week – 30% of which returning

Nomination 1

Absolutely fantastic course. I have never participated in such a well-run, well-organised, thought through course, it is absolutely genius. This is definitely the most valuable semester of learning I have had during my time at Edinburgh - Federica is so enthusiastic and clearly intelligent, we have fascinating discussions, she goes above and beyond to provide interesting materials to engage with and provoke debate. Really really amazing.

Nomination 2

Federica, on top of being the Head of Italian, has done the most amazing job creating two interesting, cross-curricular and worthwhile courses this year. They have been politically relevant, reflective, and Federica is always keep to foster a personal take on the subjects at hand. But most impressive is the amount of work Federica does behind the scenes to make sure that the course runs smoothly, that there is sufficient available material for us to investigate, and provide us with amazing experiences such as ALG week-long takeovers and amazing guest lecturers. 

Nomination 3

I am submitting this nomination because it is so very clear how much thought, dedication and time has gone into the planning of our lessons. Having three lessons a week, each an hour long, and managing to keep us all engaged and entertained is no mean feat during such difficult times. I look forward to our classes together and feel inspired to do well and make an effort. Something which I have really enjoyed is having guest speakers once a week, as this is something which wouldn't have gone ahead had COVID not happened. It is this innovative teaching, and working within the means we have, which is behind my nomination.

Nomination 4

The course that Professor Pedriali has built and delivered this term has been by far the most innovative course I have done at the University of Edinburgh. The resources, organisation and general working of the course are extremely thorough and has made online learning doable. Additionally of course, the content and discussions that have been provoked have been the highlight. With incredibly interesting guest lectures speaking to us from all over, the course is an example of thinking outside the box, and what online learning can allow which is not something I thought would be possible at the beginning of this academic year. 

Nomination 5

Despite the pandemic, Federica has gone above and beyond to make the most of online learning. For this course, Federica invited guest lecturers from across the globe to speak to us and participate in a workshop WEEKLY to help us understand, learn and challenge ideas in our course. The amount of organisation and work that must have gone into this is hard to imagine. Thank you, Federica! 

Nomination 6

Despite the pandemic, Federica has gone above and beyond to make the most of online learning. For this course, Federica invited guest lecturers from across the globe to speak to us and participate in a workshop WEEKLY to help us understand, learn and challenge ideas in our course. The amount of organisation and work that must have gone into this is hard to imagine. Thank you, Federica! 

Nomination 7

Exceptional teaching and encouragement, availability and enthusiasm as well as exceptional effort to engage with students on a personal level and the organisation of innovative and stimulating courses.

Nomination 8

Exceptional classes, great capacity in creating a wonderful environment in class, full of knowledge, she is always encouraging us to push ourselves and excel. Federica is the best teacher I have ever had!