ross-charlotte-squareDr Charlotte Ross is Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on issues of gender, sexuality, and embodiment in Italian culture and society. Her publications include the monographs Eccentricity and Sameness. Discourses on Lesbianism and Desire between Women in Italy, 1860s-1930s (Oxford and New York: Peter Lang 2015), Primo Levi’s Narratives of Embodiment: Containing the Human (New York: Routledge, 2011), and several chapters and articles on topics such as LGBT activism in Italy and ‘lesbian’ representation in Italian fiction. She blogs about her research:charlotterossresearch.wordpress.com.

13669138_10207383713135279_5540282317789807190_n Dr SA Smythe is a poet, translator, and scholar of Black European Literary & Cultural Studies, Contemporary Mediterranean Studies, and Black Trans Poetics. They are an assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at UCLA. SA’s work theorises the legal, literary, and historiographical aporias in the narration of italianità in the Black Mediterranean from the Risorgimento to the present via literature and performance, including meditations on citizenship and sexuality in the wake of contemporary crises of migration and identity across Europe, East Africa, and the Mediterranean. SA is founder and organising member of the Queer Studies Caucus of the American Association of Italian Studies.

prof fotoDr Julia Heim has a PhD in Comparative Literature from the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. She is an instructor of Film and Media Studies at SUNY Purchase College, and a communications fellow at the Bernard L. Schwartz Institute of Baruch College. As a freelance translator, Julia primarily translates Italian works of philosophy, queer theory, and art criticism into English, and is one of the translators of the children’s book series Geronimo Stilton. Recent translations include Queer Apocalypses (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016), Bridging the Analytic Continental Divide (Leiden: Brill, 2014), and Politics and Theology in Chinese Contemporary Art (Milan: Skira, 2014). Julia is the co-founder and an organising member of the Queer Studies Caucus of the American Association of Italian Studies. Her research interests focus on representations of LGBTQ people on Italian contemporary television fictions, and her latest published chapter “Race, a Floating Signifier, or Rudy Guede in the Italian Press” appears in Transmedia Crime Stories (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016).