Arianna Dagnino

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Arianna Dagnino (born 1963, in Genoa) is an Italian/naturalized Canadian writer, translator and researcher currently based in Vancouver, Canada. She is the author of the book Transcultural Writers and Novels in the Age of Global Mobility (Purdue University Press, 2015) and of the transcultural novel The Afrikaner (Guernica Editions, 2019), an odyssey that blends history, scientific research and adventure in a plot set between Johannesburg, Cape Town, the Kalahari Desert and Zanzibar. Dagnino holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and Italian Studies (with a special focus on Transcultural Studies, Creative Writing and World Literature) from the University of South Australia and a Master's degree in Modern Languages and Literatures from the Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy. With her books and articles she has contributed to the discussion on the socio-cultural effects of globalization, transnationalism, and information technology. She is the recipient of a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship to conduct research in the field of Translation Studies (with a focus on bilingual writers who self-translate) at the University of Ottawa (School of Translation and Interpretation). Concurrently, she is working as a Lecturer in the Department of French, Spanish and Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia.

Drawing upon the French sociologist Michel Maffesoli's conceptualization of postmodern forms of wandering, blurring of borders and fluidity of social belongings, in her book I Nuovi Nomadi (New Nomads, 1996) Dagnino contributed to the definition of the concept of neonomadismo (neonomadism or global nomadism). The neologism stands for the new existential approach and the new deterritorialized, itinerant life-style of the knowledge workers. I Nuovi Nomadi has been introduced as a reference textbook in several Italian universities; among them, l'Università della Sapienza in Rome and l'Università Statale in Milan. After a series of transnational experiences, Dagnino focused her research and writing activities on the theoretical approaches of transculture, transculturality and transculturalism applied to a socio-literary context and to creative practices. More specifically, in her doctoral dissertation she analyzed the relationship between creative writing, autobiography and transcultural phenomena. Drawing upon her doctoral dissertation and the main theorists of the transcultural – Fernando Ortiz (transculturation), Mikhail Epstein (transculture), and Wolfgang Welsch (transculturality) – in her book Transcultural Writers and Novels in the Age of Global Mobility (Purdue University Press, 2015) she further developed a theory of the transcultural in relation to world literature(s) and processes of cultural globalization.

Books – critical outputs[edit]

Single-authored[edit]

  • Dagnino, Arianna. Transcultural Writers and Novels in the Age of Global Mobility. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2015.
  • Dagnino, Arianna. I Nuovi Nomadi. Pionieri della mutazione, culture evolutive, nuove professioni.Roma: Castelvecchi, 1996. ISBN 88-86232-82-9
  • Dagnino, Arianna. Uoma. La fine dei sessi. Milano: Mursia, 2002. ISBN 88-425-2692-4

Co-authored[edit]

  • Gulmanelli, Stefano and Arianna Dagnino. Popwar. Il Netattivismo contro l'ordine costituito. Milano: Apogeo/Feltrinelli, 2005. ISBN 88-503-2155-4

Books – creative outputs[edit]


Chapters in books and edited collections[edit]

  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2015. "Transculturalism and transcultural literature in the 21st century." In Transcultural Dimension of Slavic Studies and Comparative Literature. Ed. Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover, Milena Ilisevic and Igor Perisic. Institute of Literature and Arts, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, 27-40.
  • Dagnino, Arianna. "E.biscom. Cominciare dai soldi." In Bidone.Com. Ed. Luca De Biase. Roma: Fazi Editore, 2004. ISBN 978-88-8112-209-7
  • Dagnino, Arianna. "I nuovi consumatori – i 'conspiratori'." In Bidone.Com. Ed. Luca De Biase. Roma: Fazi Editore, 2004. ISBN 88-8112-209-X
  • Arianna Dagnino, "L'Africa che scotta." In Gens Electrica, Milano. Ed. Bernardo Parcella. Milano: Apogeo/Feltrinelli, 2000. ISBN 88-425-2692-4

Academic articles and conference proceedings[edit]

  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2016. "Transpatriation Processes and Early Twenty-first Century Transcultural Novels in the Global Age." In Border Crossings. Eds. Diana Glenn and Graham Tulloch. Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 1-16. In press.
  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2016. "Transcultural Nomads, Urban Caravanserrais and Neighborhood Commons." In Inclusive Interiors: Spaces of Sociability in an Age of Global Nomadism. Eds. Luca Basso Peressut and Imma Forino. Milan: Polipress. In press.
  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2016. "Re-discovering Alessandro Spina's Transculture/ality in The Young Maronite." Humanities, 5.2: 42.
  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2015. "Contemporary Transcultural Auto/Biography and Creative Nonfiction Writing on the Neonomadic Frontier." Thematic issue: "The Meaning of Writing in the New Era." Transcultural Studies: A Journal in Interdisciplinary Research (Brill), 11: 93-108.
  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2014. "Mikhail Epstein, The Transformative Humanities: A Manifesto. New York: Bloomsbury, 2012." A review. Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge. Vol. 27, http://www.rhizomes.net
  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2014. 'Manifesto for a Transcultural Humanism.' Centre for Humanities Innovation (CHI), Durham University, UK, May, https://www.dur.ac.uk/chi/tasks/8/
  • Dagnino, Arianna. 'Global Mobility, Transcultural Literature, and Multiple Modes of Modernity.' Transcultural Studies. 2 (2013): 45–73. Link: http://archiv.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/ojs/index.php/transcultural/article/view/9940
  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2013. "Transcultural Literature and Contemporary World Literature(s)." CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture., Special Issue, World Literatures from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-first Century 15.5, doi:10.7771/1481-4374.2339
  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2013. 'Transcultural Writers, World Literature and Multicultural Australia in the Global Age.' "Transpostcross." Thematic Issue, 'World Literature, Translation and New Media' 3.1, http://www.transpostcross.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=96:transcultural-writers&catid=8:interventi&Itemid=11
  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2012. 'Transcultural Writers and Transcultural Literature in the Age of Global Modernity.' Transnational Literature Journal 4.2), http://dspace.flinders.edu.au/xmlui/bitstream/handle/2328/25881/Transcultural_Writers.pdf;jsessionid=4410D9D06F98E339088B1549AA280831?sequence=3
  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2012. 'Transculturalism and Transcultural Literature in the 21st Century.' "Transcultural Studies: A Series in Interdisciplinary Research." 8. https://web.archive.org/web/20140311060043/http://www.transculturalstudies.com/issue/view/42
  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2011. 'Comparative literary studies in the twenty-first century: towards a transcultural perspective?' Proceedings of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (CSAA) Conference, Cultural ReOrientations and Comparative Colonialities, Adelaide, 22–24 November.
  • http://www.unisa.edu.au/Documents/EASS/MnM/csaa-proceedings/Dagnino.pdf
  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2005. "Nomadi foste e Nomadi tornerete a essere." In Report of Valladolid 2005. The Right to Mobility. School of Architecture of Valladolid, Spain. ISBN 84-689-5471-3

Conferences, workshops and seminars[edit]

Peer-reviewed[edit]

  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2015. "Transcultural Nomads, Urban Caravanserrais and Neighbourhood Commons" (Nomadi transculturali, caravanserragli urbani e spazi pubblici di quartiere). Interiors World Forum 2015 – Nomadic Interiors. Living and Inhabiting in an Age of Migrations. Politecnico di Milano, Milano, May 21–22, http://www.interiorsforumworld.net/home/ifw2015/.
  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2014. "Manifesto for a Transcultural Humanism," Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities. Inaugural Conference of the Centre for Humanities Innovation, 7–8 July, Durham University. Link: https://www.dur.ac.uk/chi/tasks/8/
  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2014. "21st Century Transcultural Novels and Intercultural Reading Habits." 10th Annual Symposium: "Intercultural Research: Looking Back, Looking Forward." Centre for Intercultural Language Studies (CILS), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 9 May.
  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2012. 'Writing Across Cultural Borders: Transcultural Authors and Transcultural Novels in the Early 21st Century Literature of Global Mobility.' Border Crossings Conference, Flinders University, 10–12 December, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, Australia.

Link: http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/firth/firth-conferences/border-crossings-2012/border-crossings-2012_home.cfm

  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2012. 'Neonomadism and the Transcultural Turn in the Literature of Mobility.' Digital Crossroads Conference, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, 28–30 June. Link: http://www.digitalcrossroads.nl
  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2011. 'Comparative Literary Studies in the Twenty-First Century: Towards a Transcultural Perspective?' CSAA 2011 Annual Conference, Cultural ReOrientations and Comparative Colonialities, Adelaide, University of South Australia, 22–24 November.

Link: http://w3.unisa.edu.au/muslim-understanding/csaa2011/

  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2011. 'The Mutant Home in Neonomadic Times.' A Contribution to the architecture workshop 'Home Mutant Home' held by architect Oliviero Godi at the Politecnico of Milan, Italy, 1–7 August.

Non peer-reviewed[edit]

  • Dagnino, Arianna. 2014. "Global tango, transculturality and social agency", Hispanic Seminar, Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 2 April.

Link: http://las.arts.ubc.ca/2014/arianna-dagnino-global-tango/

  • Dagnino Arianna. 2013. 'Translingualism and Polyglossia in Transcultural Novels.' Adelaide University Linguistics Research Colloquium Series, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, 11 April. Link: https://web.archive.org/web/20130519012530/https://hss.adelaide.edu.au/linguistics/seminars/2013_Ling_Sem_S1.pdf
  • Dagnino Arianna. 2013. 'Transcultural Creative Non-Fiction in the 21st Century.' CIL (Communication, International Studies and Languages) Seminar, 31 May, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Dagnino Arianna. 2012. "What Are Transcultural Novels?" CIL Seminar, November 23, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Dagnino Arianna. 2012. "The Neonomadic Condition and the Transcultural Turn in the Literature of Mobility." CIL Seminar, June 8, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Dagnino, A. 2011. "The Neo-nomadic Turn in the Age of Mobility: From Migrant/Postcolonial Literature to Transcultural Literature." RCLC (Research Centre for Languages and Cultures) Seminar, November 12, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.

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