Dr. Clelia Clini is Lecturer in Communications at John Cabot University. Her main research interests are Media and Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Critique, Globalization, Indian Diasporic Cinema and Literature and Indian Popular Cinema, which is her field of specialism. She obtained her Ph.D. in Cultural and Postcolonial Studies of the Anglophone World from the University Orientale of Napoli in 2011 with a research project on the triadic relationship between Indian Cinema, the Indian Diaspora and globalization.
In 2008 her M.A. dissertation on Indian cinema was awarded the Filippo Sacchi International Award by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists (in 2008) for the best Master of Arts’ thesis on film studies and in 2010 she was awarded a Fellowship by the Associazione Angelo Frammartino and the University of Roma La Sapienza, which sponsored her ethnographic research on the relationship between media, migration and citizenship amongst a community of Indian Sikh in Italy.
She has lived in Italy and in the UK and she has also worked in India and Brazil.
Selected Recent Publications
“Migration and Multiculturalism in Italy: Conflicting Narratives of Cultural Identity”. Synergy -Journal of the Department of Modern Languages and Business Communication, University of Bucharest. Forthcoming 2015
“InterNational Terrorism? Indian Popular Cinema and the Politics of Terror”, Critical Studies on Terrorism, July 2015. DOI: 10.1080/17539153.2015.1070531
“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed. Indian Films, British Networks and the Sikh Diaspora in Italy”, Comparative Critical Studies, Vol. 11.2, October 2014
‘Home is a place you’ve never been to. A woman’s place in the Indian diasporic novel’, in Rossella Ciocca and Neelam Srivastava, Indian Literature and the World: Multi-lingualism, Translation, and the Public Sphere. Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2016
‘Voyages à Bollywood: (trans)nationalisme et identité à l’ère de la globalisation’, in Voyages et exils au cinéma, transferts et/ou ‘chocs’ culturels, sous la direction de Patricia-Laure Thivat, Presses Universitaire du Septentrion. Forthcoming 2015
“Cinéma des diaspora”, in Théorème 14 «BOLLYWOOD : industrie du cinéma», sous la direction de Monique Dagnaud et Kristian Feigelson, Paris : Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, 2012
CONFERENCES – Selected Recent Presentations
“Migration and Multiculturalism in Italy: Conflicting Narratives of Cultural Identity”. Future of Europe conference, University of Bucharest, 12 -13 November 2015
“One foot in, the other foot out: lives across borders in Tishani Doshi’s The Pleasure Seekers”. International Interdisciplinary Conference on “Beyond Borders and Boundaries: Imaginings and Representations”. University of Mumbai, 2-4 March 2015.
‘Changing representations of the Indian diaspora in Hindi cinema: from Purab Aur Paschim to English Vinglish’. NECS 2014 Conference. Milan, 19-21 June 2014.
“‘My Name is Khan and I am a true Indian’. Diaspora, terrorism and the rebirth of a nation”. International conference on “Diasporic Indian Cinemas and Bollywood on the Diaspora: Re-imaginings and Re-Possessions”. Osmania University, Hyderabad, 22-24 January 2014
‘British by Right, Punjabi by Heart! Contested notions of dependence and independence in Punjabi Films’. Dépendance/Indépendance : les cinémas indiens, international conference organized by the University of Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle, 13-14 November 2013.
‘Media networks and the Indian diaspora in Italy: towards a post-national order?’ IMISCOE 10th Annual Conference: Crisis and Migration – Perceptions, Challenges and Consequences. Malmo, 25-28 August 2013.