Dr Andrea Hajek
- British Academy Postdoctorate Research Fellow (Italian)
I obtained my doctorate degree from the University of Warwick in 2011, where I also held a post as an Early Career Fellow. My dissertation - on the negotiation of public memories of protest and police violence in 1970s Italy - was published in 2013 in Palgrave Macmillan’s Memory Studies Series. I am the Managing Editor for the Sage journal of Memory Studies, and a founding member of the Warwick Oral History Network. Currently I'm a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Glasgow, where I also coordinate the Centre for Gender History Seminar Series. I'm the Postdoctoral Representative for the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (2014-15).
In addition to a variety of journal publications, I have edited a special issue on the European 1968 protests and oral history research (‘Challenging dominant discourses of the past: 1968 and the value of oral history’, Memory Studies, January 2013). I have co-edited special issues on historical revisionism on Italian television (‘Televisionism’, The Italianist. Film Issue, June 2014), humour and satire in Italian politics and culture ('Send in the Clowns! Humour and power in Italian political, social and cultural life', Incontri, December 2014), and on generational identity and memory of the 1968 protests in cinema ('Il Sessantotto sullo schermo: memoria, generazione e identità', Storia e problemi contemporanei, 2014). The volume Memory in a Mediated World: Remembrance and Reconstruction, co-edited with Christine Lohmeier and Christian Pentzold, was published in November 2015 (Palgrave Macmillan). Currently I am co-editing another collection of essays, on the role of the interviewer in the oral history interview. Occasionally I write on academic blogs and literary magazines.
I have peer reviewed for the journals Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, Czech Sociological Review, Forum Italicum, Gender and Education, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Memory Studies, Modern Italy and Visual Communication. I have also peer reviewed a manuscript for Transcation Press (Memory and Narrative Series).
- anni di piombo, terrorism and stragismo in Italy
- collective and cultural memory
- digital humanities
- documentaries and memory
- contemporary Italian literature
- environmental humanities
- feminist movements
- generation and intergenerational memory
- grassroots activism
- history and memory of feminism
- Italian culture, society and politics of the 1970s
- literature and popular music
- memory and commemoration
- monuments and mourning
- oral history
- the protests of 1968 and 1977 in Europe/Italy
- social movements
- television and memory
- transmedia storytelling
- (cultural) trauma
- visual memory and photography
- women’s history
British Academy Project
Exploring the legacy of feminism in Northern Italy: motherhood, family life, sexuality and employment (1967-2012)
Oral history project financed by the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme (2013-16).
The project draws on the outcomes of a previous oral history project where I interviewed 24 women about their (political) lives during the 1970s. In those years, second-wave feminism fundamentally transformed society: it brought about changes in social structures, human relations, and female subjectivities. The Italian women's movement was one of the largest and most diverse in Europe, and represents one of the more important legacies of a decade remembered primarily for its political violence and terrorism. However, in the 1990s and 2000s, the achievements of feminism in Italy have been increasingly challenged, raising questions about the legacy of feminism and the workings of intergenerational memory. Through oral history interviews with women of different generations as well as archival research I will investigate the memory and the legacy of Italian feminism in the present, and trace the developments in women’s social conditions in Northern Italy - where women’s groups were particularly active - from the late 1960s to the present day. The project thus provides a timely investigation into the legacy of Italian feminism and the dynamics of collective and generational memory.
Grants and fellowships
- British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2013-2016
- Visiting Fellowship at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands), 2011
- British Academy small research grant, 2011
- Visiting Fellowship at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London, 2011
- Early Career Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, 2010-2011
Successful funding bids
- Erasmus + staff mobility training fund, University of Glasgow (towards training period at the University of Verona, May 2016)
- Strategic Research Allocation Fund from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Glasgow (towards organization of 'Locating feminism' workshop in Padua, July 2015)
- New Initiatives Fund, University of Glasgow (towards organization of public engagement workshop on feminism and gender inequality, June 2015)
- Knowledge Exchange Fund, University of Glasgow (towards organization of public engagement workshop on feminism and gender inequality, June 2015)
- Equality and Diversity Unit, University of Glasgow (contribution towards organization of public engagement workshop, June 2015)
- Arts Lab Funding Support for European Collaboration, University of Glasgow (financial support towards meeting with international partners, May 2015)
- Strategic Research Allocation Fund from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Glasgow (towards organization of emotions and oral history workshop, November 2014)
- Strategic Research Allocation Fund from the College of Arts, University of Glasgow (financial support towards attendance AAIS annual conference in Zurich, Switzerland, April 2014)
- Roberts’ Fund for Researchers, University of Warwick (contribution towards the organisation of a seminar, February 2011).
- Travel Fund granted by the American Study and Student Exchange Committee, University of Warwick (contribution to attend a conference in the USA, June 2008)
In 2015 and 2016 I supervised four Honours dissertations on the theme of my Italian Honours option, 'Divided Italy: History, Memory and Identity' (2014-15).
Currently I am supervising one Honours dissertation on the theme of the 'Italian Resistance against Fascism' (2015-16).
University of Glasgow 2013-2016
- 2-hour seminar in MLitt in Comparative Literature Option: Transnational Constructions of Gender (2015-2016, semester 2)
- Italian Honours Option. Italian Resistance against Fascism (2015-16)
- Italian Honours Option. Divided Italy: History, Memory, Identity (2014-15)
- Culture Level 2. Identity, Unity, Diversity (2014-16)
- Italian Culture Level 2 - grammar (2013-2016)
- Italian Culture Level 2. Gender and Performance - lectures on Gabriele Salvatores' Quo vadis, baby?, Dacia Maraini's La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa and Roberto Faenza's Marianna Ucrìa (2014-16)
- Italian Culture Level 1. Theatre - seminar on Dario Fo's play Sotto paga! Non si paga! (2014-15)
Previous teaching experiences
From 2002 till 2004 I worked as an assistant in Italian grammar courses, at the Italian department of the University of Utrecht (Netherlands). I assisted groups of 20 to 25 first and second year students with a computer learning programme, prepared tests and supervised the classes during examinations.
From 2003 till 2004 I was employed as an Italian teacher at the Dante Alighieri Association in Utrecht, where I conducted group courses for first and second year adult students of Italian language.
During a student exchange in Italy (2004-2005), I worked as an assistant in Dutch grammar courses at the Department of Modern Languages of the University of Bologna (Italy). The classes consisted of 5 to 10 students in their first, second and third year.
In 2005 I furthermore taught at the Inlingua Language School of Bologna, where I conducted individual lessons in elementary Dutch, and in 2007 I conducted individual lessons in elementary English (adult students, mostly beginners) at the Speakeasy Language School of Bologna.
Finally, from 2007 till 2008 I conducted individual lessons in elementary Dutch at the Berlitz Language Centre in Birmingham (UK).
Since 2009: Managing Editor for the journal Memory Studies (Sage)
Since 2011: Associate Editor for the journal Modern Italy (CUP)
In the media
30 May 2015: opinion article for the Agenda section of Herald Scotland, on the Do we need feminism? public engagement workshop at Glasgow Women's Library, 1 June 2015
17 June 2014: interview about my book Negotiating Memories of Protest (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) published in the online magazine Mémoire & Politique
7 March 2014: interview about my book Negotiating Memories of Protest (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) published in the local section of the Italian daily La Repubblica
5 March 2014: interview about my book Negotiating Memories of Protest (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) published in the magazine Inchiesta
28 November 2013: interview for the British news channel Arise News (about Silvio Berlusconi's explusion on November 27th)
Public engagement and impact
9 September 2015, Libreria delle Donne di Padova (Padua Women's Bookshop): Locating Feminism workshop
Funded by a Strategic Research Support grant from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and by the British Academy.
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1 June 2015, Glasgow Women's Library: Do we need feminism? Gender inequality, violence and sexism in the present day
In collaboration with the Centre for Gender History. Funded by the Knowledge Exchange Fund, New Initiatives Fund and the Equality and Diversity Unit.
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14 May 2014, University of Glasgow: 'The ambiguity of motherly love.' Film screening & roundtable discussion.
In collaboration with the AHRC-funded research network La Mamma Italiana: Interrogating a National Stereotype, and with support from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.
Public screening of Tutto parla di te (‘All about you’, Italy 2012, dir. Alina Marazzi), a courageous film that reflects on the problem of postnatal depression. The screening was followed by a roundtable discussion with local therapists, consultants and practitioners:
Ailsa Garland, antenatal teacher, Edinburgh - podcast
Rebecca Muller, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at PANDAS Support Group Glasgow - podcast
Roch Cantwell, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist at Leverndale Hospital, Glasgow
Beverley Ferguson, Parents Officer/Complaints Officer at Falkirk Council Education Services
Debbie Armour, NCT Glasgow and doula - podcast
Since January 2015 I am the coordinator of the Centre for Gender History Seminar Series. Currently I am also the Centre's Interim Co-Director.
1 February 2016, University of Glasgow, 3-6pm: Fighters in the Shadows. Neglected narratives of the Resistance in France and Italy.
Funded by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and by the Glasgow Global Security Network.
Screening of the documentary 'La mia bandiera. La resistenza al femminile' (Italy 2012, dir. Giuliano Bugani), followed by a public lecture by Professor Robert Gildea (University of Oxford): The French Resistance: myth, memory and narrative.
18 May 2015, University of Warwick, 3-5pm: Analysis & Interpretation of Oral History seminar (for the Warwick Oral History Network).
Funded by the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Warwick. Link
4 November 2014, University of Glasgow, 2-6pm: Emotions and oral history workshop.
Funded by a Strategic Research Support grant from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and by the British Academy.
While emotions have been a subject for study in disciplines such as literary criticism and psychology, historical research has tended to underrate the value of emotions in historical analysis. Yet there is a growing body of work that adds new perspectives to established areas of research. Within the research field of oral history, in particular, scholars such as Alessandro Portelli and Luisa Passerini have highlighted the importance of emotion as a key to understanding the relationship between individuals and society, subjectivity and history, interviewer and interviewee. More recently, Lynn Abrams has emphasized the role of the 'individual's emotional baggage' - or 'subjectivity' - in oral history research.
This workshop further explored the importance of emotions in oral history research, both from a theoretical and a practical perspective: why should we consider emotions in historical research? What kind of information do they convey (as opposed to more traditional approaches to the past), and how do we identify those areas of research where emotions may shed light on the diversity of (individual/collective) experiences? How do we understand, analyse and interpret emotions in oral history interviews? How do we ‘read’ emotions in narratives, specifically when working with transcriptions or archived interviews? Finally, how do we deal with emotional responses when performing interviews?
The workshop drew on a small body of recent research published in the area of emotions and (oral) history. Speakers included: Dr Rebecca Clifford (Swansea University); Dr Penelope Morris (University of Glasgow); Dr Anindya Raychaudhuri (University of St Andrews); Ms Adele Redhead (University of Glasgow).
- Bracke, Maud, ‘Building a “counter-community of emotions”: feminist encounters and socio-cultural difference in 1970s Turin’, Modern Italy, 17:2 (2012), 223-36.
- Clifford, Rebecca, ‘Emotions and Gender in Oral History: Narrating Italy’s 1968’, Modern Italy, 17:2 (2012), 209-21.
- Matt, Susan J., ‘Current emotion research in history: or, doing history from the inside out’, Emotion Review, 3:1 (2011), 117-24.
- Oral History, 38:2 (2010), special issue on emotions.
- Reddy, William, ‘Historical research on the self and emotions’, Emotion Review, I (2009), 302-15.
- Rosenwein, Barbara, ‘Worrying about emotions in history’, AHR, 107 (2002), 921-45.
During the Summer of 2013, while I volunteered as a librarian for a cultural association based in the province of Bologna, Italy, I organized a book presentation for Stefano Ventura's Vogliamo viaggiare, non emigrare. Le cooperative femminili dopo il terremoto del 1980 (Edizioni Officina Solidale ONLUS, 2012) and a public roundtable about the 2013 protests in Turkey and #Occupygezi.
On International Women's Day 2012, I organized another book presention for a motherhood diary (Volevo fare la Fulgeri by Marzia Bisognin, ilmiolibro.it, 2011), again as a volunteer librarian for the abovementioned cultural association. Furthermore, in 2009 and 2010 I organized a series of public seminars on the collective memory of the 1970s in Italy ('Quale memoria per gli anni Settanta?'), and I organized yet another book presentation for the Italian novel Eri tutto lungo. Cavallo pazzo e altri cani sciolti by the collective writers' group Alba Cienfuegos (La Carmelina, 2008).
Since 2012 I am also engaged - in my spare time - in a community project about my hometown in Italy, Ponticelli di Malalbergo. I started the project shortly after concluding an Early Career Fellowship at the University of Glasgow. The outcome will be a short documentary.
Training courses and summer schools
2007-2008: various training courses in the Graduate School Skills Programme at the University of Warwick, Coventry (Elements of structure and organisation; Engaging the reader; ePortfolio training; Grammatical accuracy; How to write a Literature Review; Literature seearching techniques; Making an impact in written applications; Making the most of your PhD; Managing research materials and ideas; Organising references using EndNote Web; Paragraph construction; Poster creation and design; Presenting to an academic audience; Speed reading).
21-22 November 2013: British Academy Communications Skills Workshop. British Academy, London.
27-31 August 2014: Summer School of the Italian Society of Women Historians (SIS). Florence, Italy.
14 October 2014: Audacity audio-editing training session. Scottish Oral History Centre at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
5 December 2014: PowerPoint: Multimedia and special effects. IT training services, University of Glasgow.
26 January 2015: Good grammar and punctuation. London College of Media and Journalism, London.
30 January 2015: Web design and marketing. iTrain Scotland, Edinburgh.
23-24 February 2015: Excell training course. IT training services, University of Glasgow.
4 March 2015: Proofreading course. Publishing Scotland, Edinburgh.
5 March 2015: Copy-editing course. Publishing Scotland, Edinburgh.
29 April 2015: Image Editing with Photoshop CS6 training course. IT training services, University of Glasgow.
13 October 2015: Managing Research Data. IT training services, University of Glasgow.
4 November 2015: Four Steps to Research Success: First Steps in Supervision. Staff Development Service Training, University of Glasgow.
10 February 2016: SMLC workshop on producing 4* research. ArtsLab, University of Glasgow.
15 February 2016: Planning for Impact. Research Strategy and Innovation Office, University of Glasgow.
18 February 2016: Research Integrity. Staff Development Service Training, University of Glasgow.
25 February 2016: Winning Research Income. Staff Development Service Training, University of Glasgow.
2 March 2016: Developing your academic digital footprint. Research Strategy and Innovation Office, University of Glasgow.