Luana Babini

Senior Teaching Fellow


Luana Babini has been teaching at the University of Edinburgh since 1991 and is now a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Italian Department. Originally graduating in Law from the University of Bologna, she came to Edinburgh to teach and research, completing an MSc in Applied Linguistics with a dissertation on Italo Calvino. She has also completed two years of study on a PhD programme dealing with Pasolini and Fellini's cinema.

Luana also holds a Diploma in Translation and Interpreting from the Institute of Linguists in London and has worked as a translator.

Undergraduate teaching

Luana has taught Italian Language courses at all undergraduate levels and has been Course Organiser for Italian 2 Language, Italian 2 Literature, Italian 3, Italian 4 papers 1 and 2 and Intermediate Italian Language.

She has also recently lectured on:

  • Italian Cultural Studies
  • Texts in Context
  • Culture and Society in XXI Century Italy
  • Introduction to European Cinema

Research summary

In terms of research, Luana's interests are in three distinct and broad areas: European and Italian Cinema; Translation and Second Language Acquisition. Most recently, she has been involved as Principal Investigator on Antonioni and Bergman in the XXI Century, a joint project with the Department of Scandinavian Studies, making use of her research in European cinema. Her studies in translation and second language acquisition inform her teaching on a daily basis as well as her contributions to the development of language learning online projects within the School of European languages and Cultures.