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Giulia Nazzaro

  • Giulia NazzaroPhD Candidate
  • Region of Interest America
  • Research Interests Anthropology of photography; anthropology of art; visual anthropology; history of photography; photographic practices; gender and queer studies; archive; material culture; art and agency; biographies; representation; theory and practice.
  • PhD Thesis What does lesbian photography do? An ethnographic inquiry into the construction of photography, genders and sexualities among lesbian and queer communities of New York City from the 1970s until the present”. (Working title)
  • Doctoral Research

    • This research investigates the ways in which photography and lesbian and queer women’s genders and sexualities construct narratives of each other. This will help expand existing anthropological discourse about people’s subjectivities and communities as well as challenge the history of so-called “lesbian photography”.

      The aim of this research is to engage with women who bring a contribution to lesbian communities through their pictures or engagement with photography consumption.

      My project includes women who self-identify as lesbians or queer as well as those who do not or cannot identify as such for personal, socio-cultural, race, or class reasons. One of the main scopes of this research is to reach audiences that fall out of or actively question or reject gender and sexuality categories, or the terminology used to describe them. Without a preliminary contact with these subjects, this research starts with the explorations of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, which is located in Brooklyn-NYC, and the social groups surrounding it. The active role of this institution among a variety of lesbian and queer communities can provide useful links with less visible or involved subjects.

  • Education

    • 2014 MA in the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas (Distinction), Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia. Dissertation title: “Queer Impressions: Re-imagining labels and emotions through Australian Indigenous Art”.

      2010 MA in Foreign Languages for the International Communication (Cum Laude), University of Padova (Italy). Dissertation title: "Tracking Traces of the Real: Reading Mudrooroo after 1996"

      2009 Postgraduate Practicum Program, Postcolonial and Indigenous Studies (supervision Bill Ashcroft), School of Arts and Media, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

      2007 BA in Linguistic and Cultural Mediation (Hons), University of Padova, Italy. Dissertation title: “Language, Perception and Thought: A Discussion about Sapir and Whorf Hypothesis”.

      2006-2007 Undergraduate Erasmus Program, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.