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Luisa Percopo

Dr Luisa Percopo

Lecturer in Translation and Cultural Studies

School of Modern Languages

+44 29206 88735
66a Park Place, Room 1.34, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS


I am a tri-lingual (Italian, English and Sardinian) Australian-Italian whose thinking and methodology is comparative.

I am an Australianist, trained in post-colonial and transnational theories with teaching and research foci in Migrant and Minority Studies, Italian Diaspora, Subjectivity, Trauma and Memory, Life-Writing and Biography. The problematization of transnational spaces and cultures, especially in relation to national identity, and the exploration of language and translation in contexts of mobility are at the core of my scholarship.

I have also conducted extensive research and teaching on Translation, Adaptation and Transcodification Studies and on Cultural Studies and Photography.

My current research interests are on the Italian 'diasporas', especially the latest wave of Italians arrived in Wales during the last two decades, and travel and mobility in the Mediterranean Region and Islands.


Education and Qualifications

  • 2002-2007 King's College London PhD in Australian Studies.
  • 1997-2001 University of Bologna, PhD in Comparative Literatures and Cultures of the English Speaking World.
  • 1993 University of Cagliari, Italy, Laurea in Foreign Languages and Literatures, Magna laude (110/110 e lode).

Academic positions

  • 2016-present: Cardiff University - AHRC Research Assistant in the Transnationalizing Modern Languages project
  • 2014-2016: South Wales University – Contract Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Photography.
  • 2010-2014: Università di Cagliari, Italy – Contract Lecturer in English.
  • 2013-2014: Università di Sassari, Italy – Contract Lecturer in English.
  • 2007-2009 Università di Cagliari – Researcher's Contract. Topic of research: Modern Representations of Islands.
  • 2001-2005 Università di Cagliari – Post-graduate Fellow/Lecturer (Assegnista di Ricerca).
  • 1999-2001 Università di Cagliari – Research Fellow Topic of research: Literature of the Sardinian Minorities in Australia.
  • 1995-1996 Sir Robert Menzies Centre for Australian Studies – Research Fellow.