01/05/2013–30/04/2014: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Trento, Italy

10/2008 – 04/2011: Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, University of Trento, Italy.

PhD title: “Creolizing Diaspora: Home and Identity, Language and Hospitality in Arab Diasporic Literature” defended on April 27th, 2011. This PhD resulted, among others, in one high-level publication (Comparative Literarature Studies) and the PhD Award of the University of Trento

05/2010 – 12/2010: Graduate Research Trainee, McGill University, Institute for Islamic Studies, Montréal, Québec

10/2009 – 12/2009: Visiting Research Student, UCLA, Department of Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Studies, Los Angeles, USA

04/03/2005: Degree in Intercultural Studies (equivalent to B.A.+M.A.), specialization Arabic Studies, with honors, Università di Trieste

Academic career and teaching activities

Academic Teaching in Italy

01/10/2016 – 30/09/2019: Adjunct professor, Academic Writing in English (30 hrs; 3 years), University of Trento

01/10/2015 – 20/09/2016: Adjunct professor, Angloamerican Language, Literature, and Translation (30 hrs; 1 year), University of Trento

29/02/2016 – 24705/2016: Tutor, Gender Studies Lecture Series “Letteratura, generi e affetti: Per una cittadinanza condivisa,"  University of Trento

01/10/2014 – 30/09/2016: Adjunct professor, Teacher training course for English Language and Civilization (46 hrs; 2 years), University of Trento

Academic Teaching Abroad

10/ 2014: Seminar (10 hrs), “Women Poets of the Arab Diaspora in the USA,” Dept. of Comparative Literature, University of Turku, Finland

05/04/2012: Seminar  (4 hrs), “Translating the Middle East to a Western Audience: The Cycle ‘Changing Perceptions’ by Arab-American Artist Helen Zughaib,” AHRC Collaborative Teaching Session, Howard University, Washington DC, USA

10/10/2011: Seminar (4 hrs), “Cultural Translation Within the British Nation: Leila Aboulela’s The Translator and ‘The Museum,’” AHRC Collaborative Teaching Session, Museum Studies Department, University of Leicester, UK



Conference Organization and Book Presentations

14-15/01/2019: Co-organization of the UNIRE International Graduate Conference “Gender Violence is Also a Cultural Issue!” University of Trento

11/04/2018: Book presentation with Sara Borrillo (University of Naples, L’Orientale) “Femminismi e Islam in Marocco: Attiviste laiche, teologhe e predicatrici,” University of Trento

15/11/2016: Co-organization of a transnational seminar on Masculinity Studies “Maschilità: Prospettive critiche in Giamaica, Germania e Italia,” University of Trento

01/10/2015–30/05/2016: Co-organization of a lecture series on Gender and Interculturality Studies “Letteratura, generi e affetti: Per una cittadinanza condivisa,” University of Trento

05/2014: Organization of the seminar with poets Iman Mersal and Georges Abou-Hsab “Writing on the Threshold / Poètes migrants ou poètes errants?” University of Trento

09/2011: Co-organization of the 21st International AISNA Conference, Democracy and Difference: The US in Multidisciplinary and Contemporary Perspectives, University of Trento


Other Academic Responsibilities

2016 – oggi: Member of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group / Componente del gruppo di lavoro “Differenze etniche e culturali” nominato dal Rettore

2016–oggi: Supervising and mentoring experiences for BA and MA theses, University of Trento

2019-oggi: Reviewer for RSA, RIAS (Review of International American Studies), Italian-Americana, Al-Raida Journal (Arab Institute for Women, LAU)


Research interests

Contemporary US Literature; Arab Multilingual Literature; Women's Writing and Gender Studies; Arab and Islamic Studies; Migration and Diaspora.

Research work

Individual Research

30/09/2019 - 28/11/2019: Visiting Researcher, AUB, Lebanon

02/05 – 05/05/2017: Writer in Residence, Centre for English Studies (ULICES), Universidad de Lisboa, Lisbon

19/10/2014 – 20/12/2014: Visiting scholar, Centre for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Universität Humboldt, Berlin

04/05/2014–11/05/2014: Scholar in Residence, OASIS (Orientale American Studies International School), University “L’Orientale” di Napoli, Procida


Research Groups

01/01/2014 - 31/12/2017: Member of the international research group Out of the Ordinary: Challenging Commonplace Concepts in Anglophone Literature (Prof. Joel Kuortti), funded by the Academy of Finland, University of Turku, Finland

01/01/2011 - 31/12/2013: Member of the AHRC funded research network Behind the Looking-Glass: ‘Other’-cultures-within translating cultures (Prof. Joan Anim-Addo),

01/03/2009 31/12/2009: Member of the Research Group Traveling Concepts in Interculturality, a subgroup of the Advanced European Thematic Network in Women’s Studies Athena3.

Memberships in societies and scientific committees

MLA (Modern Language Association)                                      

EAAS (European Association for American Studies)

AISNA (Italian Association for American Studies)

IASA (International American Studies Association)

AMEWS (Association for Middle East Women's Studies)

EURAMES (European Network of Middle Eastern Studies)

SESAMO (Società Italiana di Studi sul Medio Oriente)

CSIG (Centro Studi Interdisciplinari di Genere)


Awards and honours

Invitation to participate to the international AGYA (Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities) conference "Destruction/(Re)construction: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cultural Heritage in Conflict," Sept. 29, 2019-Oct. 3, 2019, AUB and OIB (Orient Insitute in Beirut), Lebanon

2013 JFK Institute Library Research Grant, Free University, Berlin

Travel Award to participate in the 6th Feminist Theory Workshop, Duke Universtity, DC, USA

Best Doctoral Student Research Award 2009-2010, University of Trento, Italy

Canadian Studies Doctoral Student Research Award 2009-2010 funded by the Canadian Government

Conferences and lectures

02/20/2019: “A ‘Poetics of Ruins’: Nadine Ltaif’s Ce que vous ne lirez pas.” Destruction/(Re-)construction.
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cultural Heritage in Conflict. International Conference of the Arab-German
Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA). Beirut, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2019.

19/06/2019: "An Accidental Canon: Rabih Alameddine's Contestation of the Canon." Workshop Conceptions and Configurations of the Arabic Literary Canon, Paris Columbia Global Center, Reid Hall, June 17-19, 2019.

27/09/2017: "Encroaching the Classics: Rabih Alameddine's An Unnecessary Woman." 24th AISNA Biennial Conference. Università degli Studi di Milano, Sept. 28-30, 2017.

29/05/2017: “Drawing an Alternative Geography and Adopting an Identity in Flux: The Case of Contemporary Arab Diasporic Women Poets.” 5th Colloquium of Middle East and North African Studies. University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu, May 29-31, 2017.

15/12/2016: “Emerging from the Darkness: Mina Boulhanna’s Africa and Immigrata.” 5th International Conference. Languages & Cultures in Contact. University of al-Jadida, Morocco, Dec. 14-16, 2016.

22/10/2016: "Mediatic and Poetic Dimensions of Migration: Is Dialogue Possible?" Migration und Medien. Technische Universitaet Dresden, Dresden, Oct. 20-22, 2016.

22/09/2016: "Frammenti di interfede nella poesia arabo-americana contemporanea. Una lettura contrappuntistica." Faith in Literature: Religione, Cultura e Identità negli Stati Uniti d'America. Università degli Studi di Perugia, Dipartimento di Lettere, Perugia, Sept. 22, 2016.

04/06/2016: "The Airport as a Site of Tensions: Poems by Naomi Shihab Nye, Suheir Hammad, and Iman Mersal." International Graduate Conference 2016. Flows and Undercurrents: Dimensions of (Im)mobility in North America. JFK Institute, Free University, Berlin, Jun. 2-4, 2016.

14/01/2016: “Fragments of Power, Traces of Resistance: Rabih Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman.” CASAR 6th International Conference: Fragments of Empire After the American Century. AUB, Beirut, Jan. 13-16, 2016.

26/09/2015: “Poems ‘On the Road’”: A Journey Across America to Discover Some Hidden Facets of US Life.” 26th AISNA International Conference. Naples, University of Naples, Sept. 24-26, 2015.

05/04/2014: “Post-war Dilemmas: Trauma, Illness, and the Ethics of Medical Care in Rabih Alameddine’s Writing.” 2014 EAAS Conference "America: Justice, Conflict, War.” The Hague, The Netherlands, 3-6 April 2014.

21/02/2014: "Dis-equilibri: Il nodo genere-potere nella poesia araba diasporica." Districare il nodo genere-potere: sguradi interdisciplinari su politica, lavoro, sessualità e cultura. CSIG, University of Trento, 21-22 February 2014.

09/07/2013: “Double Exile: Hisham Matar’s In the Country of Men.” Migration: British Comparative Literature Association. XIII International conference. University of Essex, UK. 8-11 July 2013

06/04/2012: “Proving the Possibility of Interculturality: Leila Aboulela’s “The Museum” and The Translator.” “Other” Cultures Within: Beyond the Naming of Things. A Symposium at the John W. Kluge Center. Library of Congress, Washington D.C.                                                                                               

05/04/2012: “Creolization, Multiculturalism and Interculturality: A Conversation.” Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center, Howard University, Washington D.C.

28/10/2011: “Mapping Democracy and Dissent in Arab-American Literature.” 21st Biennial AISNA International Conference. University of Trento, Italy. 27-30 October 2011            

10/02/2011: “Linguistic Play or Political Act? Multilingualism in Arab-American and Arab-Canadian Literature.” World Wide Women conference, CIRSDE, University of Torino, Italy. 10-12 February 2011  

04/10/2010: “Multilingualism, Code-switching, and Linguistic Alienation in Arab Literature of the Diaspora.” Brown Bag Lunch Series, Institute for Islamic Studies, McGill University, Montréal, Québec.

04/06/2010: “Creating Bridges and Forging Hospitable Identities: The Challenge of Arab Women Writers in the Diaspora.” RAWI conference. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. June 3-5 2010. 


Other work

Community-Based Creative Outreach Activities

Sept. 3, 2019: SummerLab for children "Playing with Languages and Differences" (Giovanna Covi and Lisa Marchi), University of Trento

Jun. 23, 2019: “The Thousand and One Night: A Musical Reading” with Lisa Marchi (recital voice) and Stefania
Neonato (piano), Le metamorfosi di Osvaldo 19-23 giugno, 2019, Giardino di Sant’Osvaldo, Rovereto

Sept. 5, 2018: SummerLab for children "Playing with Languages and Differences" (Giovanna Covi and Lisa Marchi), University of Trento

Sept. 11, 2017: Artistic performance on combating gender-based violence “Kintsugi: cicatrici preziose/Kintsugi:
precious wounds” with Lisa Marchi (poetry), Rosa Tapia (dance) and Riccarda Chisté (visual arts), Fondazione
Caritro, Trento

Aug. 12, 2017: Reading of Tabati (My ball – La mia palla), text by Nadine R. L. Touma, illustrations  and typographical character Lara Assouad Khoury. Beirut: Dar Onboz. Premio Opera Prima Bologna Children’s Book Fair, 2012. Il Masetto, località Geroli, 38060 Piazza (TN).

Feb. 24, 2017: Artistic performance “La felicità scivola tra le dita” by Abla Farhoud with Lisa Marchi (reading), Rosa Tapia (dance) and Margherita Vicentini (cello), Scuola Musicale Il Diapason, via Veneto 43, Trento  

Mar. 7, 2016: Artistic performance on The Thousand and One Nights with Lisa Marchi (reading) and Stefania Neonato (piano), Dip. Lettere e Filosofia, Università di Trento

Oct. 17, 2014: Artistic performance “Il cantastorie de André – Storia di una migrazione attraverso il Mediterraneo” with Lisa Marchi (poetry), the music band Apocrifi (Mediterranean repertoire of Fabrizio de André) and Rosa Tapia (dance), local detention center, Trento