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Giuliano Migliori

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Giuliano Migliori

Senior Associated Faculty in Italian


214 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Rd.
Columbus, OH

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Office Hours

SP24 On Wednesday 10:30-12:00pm via Zoom

Areas of Expertise

  • 19th-21st Italian/French literature and cinema/media studies studies
  • Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities, Philosophy of Nature
  • Phenomenology, Biopolitics, Posthumanism, and migration studies


  • Ph.D, Romance Studies, UNC-CH, USA, 2019
  • M.A., Philosophy and Languages of Modernity, University of Trento, Italy, 2013
  • B.A., Philosophy and Sciences of Culture, University of Urbino, Italy, 2010

I am Senior Lecturer in the Department of FRIT here at The Ohio State University where I have been teaching several courses on Italian literature and eco-cinema, Italian-American crime fiction, and Italian language. A native of Southern Italy in a small town called, Matera in Basilicata, I received a Laurea Triennale in Filosofia e Scienze della cultura from the Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bò as well as a master’s degree in Filosofia e Linguaggi della Modernità from the Università degli Studi di Trento. While completing my Ph.D at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Romance Literatures and Languages, I have joined the faculty at the University of Elon and then moved to The Ohio State University in 2018. I am the recipient of many fellowships and awards, including the Armida Marconi Falvo Award Excellence in Italian Studies, the Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship through which I conducted research in International archives in Bologna, Pavia, and the Institute Primo Levi in Turin on Holocaust studies. I have also received The Suzanne Levy Summer Research Fellowship, and nominated for excellence in teaching pedagogies and served in Departmental committee. 

I am a cultural historian and a media scholar. I am invested in questions and issues that speak to the impact of bodily representation, environmental humanities, and dynamics of resistance/resiliencies in Italian modern and contemporary literature, poetry, and cinema. My book manuscript Bodies that Matter in Postwar Italy investigates three semantic trajectories of the impact of sensorial, sociopolitical and linguistic ‘storying bodies’ from postwar literatures/media to today’s narratives (Primo Levi, Liana Millu, Domenico Rea, Anna Maria Ortese, Wu Ming, Elena Ferrante, and the partisan poets Andrea Zanzotto and Pier Paolo Pasolini among others) through theories of affective ecology, trauma studies, and biopolitical thought (esp. French, Italian, and German traditions). 

In the last few years, I have also been extremely interested in the impact of ecologies and theories of natural worlds to reframe and rethink how the Italian peninsula, the Mediterranean Sea, and its iconic images explore dynamics of power, landscapes, and care, especially tailored towards the debates around the Anthropocene era. To this end, I am partecipating to an International project designed to reflect on eco-pedagogical praxis and methods in our classrooms and curriculum across a variety of perspectives (decolonial, ecofeminism, race studies, etc..) https://www.ecomodlang.com 

I have also collaborated to an edited volume which explores representation of the Italian South, its socio-historical transformation, its eco-logical strata and characters through documentaries, photography, visual imagination, and films: Basilicata and Southern Italy Between Film and Ecology. My other articles have appeared in the L’Avventura. International Journal of Italian Film and Media Landscapes, and in the volume Scrivere l’orrore on the Holocaust, and in the online magazine, LavoroCulturale (particularly Christian Kuate’s works and the question of Blackness in Italy). .

I am an avid reader of ecopoetry. My short stories on eco-subjectivity have also appeared on the bilingual magazine, Agua del Pozo/Waters of the well. Currently, I am working on a piece, titled "Looking for Mathera", a longing personal gaze-journey into the caves of the old city of Matera and I am reflecting on the challenges and languages of natural subjectivity in a collection called, 'homing'. 




  • Econarratives in Italian classes. Approaches and Methodologies. (Forthcoming conference proceedings, MLN Special Issue, Fall 2024)
  • Exordium. In Baracco A., Gieri M., (eds). Basilicata and Southern Italy between Film and Ecology. Palgrave MacMillan Chicago, 2022.  https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-13573-6_6
  • L’interfaccia corporale: riflessioni fenomenologiche nei diagrammi letterari di Primo Levi e Liana Millu. Scrivere l’orrore. Letteratura e Shoah. Udine: Biblioteca Civica “V. Joppi”, 2020: 45-60. https://www.sbhu.it/scrivere-l-orrore/
  • Revisualizing the human body in Crialese and Rosi’s cinematic narratives. L’Avventura. International Journal of Italian Film and Media Landscapes. Roma-Bologna: Il Mulino, 1/2017: 113-128. https://www.rivisteweb.it/doi/10.17397/87192


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Recent Activities and Lectures


  • Active Learning assessment for Hybrid Courses. Invited by the Office of Distance Education.






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Recent and Upcoming Courses


  • Italian 3001: Green Italy
  • Italian 2055: Mafia Movies 
  • Italian 2053: Italian Cinema
  • Italian 5101: Intensive Italian
  • Italian 4225: Italian Identities
  • Italian 4224: Environmental Italy. Beauty, Power, and the Apocalypse
  • Italian 3220: Italy through the Ages
  • Italian 2102: Contemporary Italian Society
  • Italian 1101-1103: Italian Blended Language