European University Institute Bodies across borders: oral and visual memory in Europe and beyond
Bodies across borders: oral and visual memory in Europe and beyond

Graziella Bonansea


Graziella Bonansea trained in the field of oral history during the Eighties, at the University of Turin with Luisa Passerini and in Paris with Michelle Perrot, with whom she obtained her PhD in History and Civilisation in 1991. In 1996/97 she received a Jean Monnet Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence. She is one of the founding members of the Società Italiana delle Storiche and has published on subjectivity, oral memory and imaginary of the body in relation to crucial historical moments of the 20th century: the period of the Fascist regimes, the World Wars, and  the Fifties. Her work has investigated the historical articulations of body’s cultural, visual and imaginary representations from different perspectives, focussing on Italian industrial life (Fiat from 1900 to 1960), total institutions  (hospitals in particular), the political scene in the second half of the century, Italian and European protestant cultures. Since the late 1990s, her work on the body, memory, identity and representation has gradually expanded to include relations between art, literature, memory and social change. She has published three novels, one of them dealing with the Italian emigration to Argentina at the beginning of the 20th century. Her contribution to the BABE project is strictly connected to her work as a teacher of literature and history in secondary school, and to the courses on Women’s History she has taught at the University of Eastern Piedmont in Vercelli.  Her research combines fieldwork addressing transcultural processes, visual and artistic representations with the study of generational imaginaries including forms of language transmission. In this context  her contribution is aimed to promote forms of national and international networks among schools and universities.

Email: [email protected]

Working languages: Italian, French

Curriculum Vitae

List of Publications

List of Papers

Narration, Closeness and Distance: A Case-Study in an Italian High School (Liceo Artistico Buniva, Pinerolo)