Dr Rossella Merlino

Lecturer in Italian

Contact info

Email: r.merlino@bangor.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0) 1248382125

Room: 405, New Arts Building

Overview

In September 2015, I joined Bangor University as Lecturer in Italian Studies and Head of Italian. Before then, I was Associate Lecturer at the University of Exeter and Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath. My research expertise is on the cultural dimension mafia-type organised crime, with a specific reference to the Sicilian mafia and the role that cultural codes play in communicative and interactional dynamics at both an identitary and a structural level.

I hold a PhD in Italian Studies from Strathclyde University (2013), with a doctoral thesis on the role of religion in selected communicative contexts and in the dynamics through which the identities, roles, and authority of mafia leaders can be constructed, presented to, and perceived by the rest of the mafia community. I also hold a Master's degree in Contemporary Italian Culture and History from University College London (2008), and a BA in Translation and Interpretation from the University of Chieti (2002).

In January 2018, I have been awarded a two-year Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellowship to be hosted by the Department of Political and Juridical Sciences of the University of Messina. The Fellowship will extend from 1 September 2018 to 30 August 2020. 

 

Contact Info

Email: r.merlino@bangor.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0) 1248382125

Room: 405, New Arts Building

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2013 - PhD , PhD: 'In the Name of the Godfather: A Study of the Role of Religious Rituality and Performativity in the Sicilian Mafia' (2009 - 2013)
  • 2008 - MA , MA: 'Religiosity and Performativity in the pizzini of mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano' (2007 - 2008)
  • BA , Languages and Literatures

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