I am a Junior Research Fellow in History at Trinity College, and a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Faculty of History of Oxford University.
I graduated from the University of Rome, specialising in the cultural and intellectual history of the Franco-Algerian War. During my PhD, carried out jointly between the Universities of Rome and Paris, I came to focus on contemporary social frames of memory, particularly regarding French veterans, and was a member of the Institut d’Histoire du Temps Présent (Paris). Following this, I held Fellowships at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris),the Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme (Aix-en-Provence), and the Centre d’Histoire Sociale du XXe Siècle (Paris).
I am currently preparing a book which aims to investigate the Algerian War of Independence (1954–1962) from a new perspective. I propose to frame a transnational history of the war, going beyond both the (opposing) French and Algerian (national) narratives, to resituate the war in its Mediterranean, European, and eventually its global contexts. This general research objective will be achieved through a microhistorical approach: instead of looking at the conflict as a generic “whole” and examining its reverberations in an elusive “collective memory”, the project focuses on a specific region, the Aurès-Nememcha in the Algerian south-east. At the core of this project are the specific experiences and memories of French and Algerian veterans who fought each other for eight years in this mountainous Berberophone area. Who were they? What kind of war were they fighting, and why? And fifty years after the ceasefire, how do the citizens of each country cope with their memories of the combat?
My general research interests include: twentieth-century French history (4th & 5th Republic, colonialism and decolonization), the history of representations and social uses of the past (memory studies, oral history, and epistemology), and postcolonial criticism (with a particular focus on the Mediterranean, and the relationships between France, Algeria, and Italy, in the past and in the present).
• ‘Voir/ne pas voir l’Algérie. La gauche italienne et la lutte des Algériens’, in M. Bouaziz, A. Kadri & T. Quemeneur, eds., La guerre d’Algérie revisitée. Nouvelles générations, nouveaux regards (Paris: Khartala, 2014), pp. 348–360.
• with A. Casellato, eds., ‘Dopo il magnetofono. Fonti orali, storiografia, generazioni’, Italia contemporanea, 40 (2014), n. 275.
• with L. Ellena, eds., ‘Movimenti nel Mediterraneo. Relazioni, scambi, conflitti’, Zapruder. Rivista di storia della conflittualità sociale, 11 (2014), n. 33.
• ‘Il memoriale della guerra d’Algeria. L’uso politico di un conflitto senza fine, 1962–2012’, in F. Bartolini, B. Bonomo & F. Socrate, eds., Lo spazio della storia (Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2013), pp. 456–472.
• Soldati senza causa. Memorie della guerra d’Algeria (Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2012).
• ‘Postcolonial Memories of the Algerian War of Independence, 1955–2010. French Veterans and Contemporary France’, in E. Godin & N. Vince, eds., France and the Mediterranean (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2012, pp. 275–303).
• ‘Decolonising historical thought. “Towards a minor history”’, in eds. A. Døving & N. Schwaller, eds., Minority Narratives and National Memory (Oslo: Unipub, HL-Senteret, Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities, 2010, pp. 35–46).