I am currently working on an interdisciplinary project that brings together women’s history, food and emotion studies. The monograph I am writing focuses on the fascist period, the period of the Italian partisan resistance and the 1968 cultural revolution. In this project I investigate how taste and alimentary imagination help narrate significant moments of women’s history and subjectivities. This project is supported by an academic year Visiting Fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Studies, University of London. My interest in food policies and practices has developed through more research trajectories. I have recently been awarded a visiting fellowship at Seton Hall University, New York, for my project ‘The Taste of War: Americans in Italy during the War’. I have explored alimentary imagination in an article titled ‘Desserts, Breastfeeding and Pleasure as Opposition to Fascism in the 1930s Works by Pina Ballario’, published in Italian Studies 73.3 (2018). In this article I have considered alimentary imagination as a tool through which a discourse of emotions is articulated to challenge, and at times criticise, Fascist colonialism, nationalistic concepts of motherhood, and marriage. In recent articles I have analysed food consumption in relation to films and fiction.
My interest in food and emotion studies intertwines with my work in cultural memory. My volume Transmissions of Memory: Echoes, Traumas and Nostalgia in Post-World War II Italian Culture (2018) that deals with topics of memory transmissions has just been published. You can read more about it here.