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

Leslie Hernández Nova


Leslie Nancy Hernández Nova received her PhD in Contemporary History from the University of Turin where she has been research fellow until 2012.

The use of oral sources has always characterized her work that was initially focused on the reconstruction of collective cultural memory of migrants from Peru to Italy in a gender perspective. Her research has focused on  various processes of cultural hybridization,  emotional diasporic geographies and memories attached to Europe by  migrants from Peru.

Her research is based on the  oral-written-visual constellation of memory emerging from interviewees’.  Her analysis’ approach to  the narrative memories involves Andean cosmographies, personal roots, subjectivity and multiple cultural belongings. She has studied and analysed processes of identity construction through the study of migratory languages, the hybridization of mother and acquired languages,  resulting from transcultural migration itineraries.

Her current  research  is based on the  exploration of   forms of cultural memory being articulated by diasporic bodies in motion. Her work looks in particular to  the migratory processes’ reception involving various generations of Peruvian migrants and artists  by using visual and counter mapping narratives, artistic and visual works. In the present stage of her research she is particularly interested in exploring the visual dimension of memory as a dynamic process through which it is possible to identify cultural linkages, belongings, pre-Columbian cosmographies, forms of cultural hybridization and new figurations of the colonial past.

She has edited with Liliana Ellena and Chiara  Pagnotta World Wide Women. Globalizzazione, Generi, Linguaggi (2012). Her work has been published in Italian and Latinoamerican journals and books.

Email: [email protected]

Working languages: Italian, English, French

Curriculum Vitae

List of Publications

List of Papers

La trasmissione delle cosmovisioni nelle
migrazioni peruviane attraverso l’Europa: tra arte e tradizione

Presentations and Lectures

April 21,Ventimiglia, Italy