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Dr Emma Bond

Dr Emma Bond


Researcher profile

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Research areas

I work on the transnational circulation of people, texts, objects and cultural artifacts. I have published widely on contemporary migration, including two co-edited volumes: Destination Italy: Representing Migration in Contemporary Media and Narrative, and Il confine liquido, the first comprehensive study of Italian-Albanian cultural and literary relations. I am also interested in mapping the memories and legacies of Italian colonialism in the Horn of Africa in contemporary diasporic literature.

My second monograph, Writing Migration through the Body (2018), examines the body as a mutable site for negotiating and articulating the transnational experience of mobility. It analyses recent migration stories in Italian alongside related material from cultural studies and the visual arts. Drawing on phenomenology, anthropology, human geography and memory studies, it explores the ways in which the skin itself operates as a border, and brings to the surface the processes by which a sense of place and self are communicated through the migrant body.

My interest in the transnational movement of objects has developed through an interdisciplinary impact project around Scotland?s role in the transatlantic sugar trade, in collaboration with the Watt Institution in Greenock, called ?Sugaropolis?. This led to the formation of a new RSE funded network exploring the stories of empire and colonialism within Scottish museums, called ?Transnational Scotland?. 

I have also worked extensively on Italo Svevo, the literature of Trieste, and psychoanalytic literary theory. Within this field I published my first monograph Disrupted Narratives: Illness, Silence and Identity in Svevo, Pressburger and Morandini (2012) and co-edited the volume Freud and Italian Culture (2009).

I am co-editor of the Transnational Italian Cultures series (Liverpool University Press) and Section Editor for Comparative Literature for Modern Languages Open.

In 2019 I won a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Languages and Literatures, and I will be on research leave between 2020-2022 working on a new book project tentatively entitled Museum Practices in World Literature. I continue to welcome enquiries from postgraduate students interested in modern and contemporary Italian and Comparative Literature, especially material culture, body studies, and migration, transnational and border narratives.

PhD supervision

  • Rebecca Walker
  • Giulia Borrini

Selected publications


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