I am a cultural theorist and organizer. Over the years, I have been involved in a number of participatory research initiatives across social movements and the cultural sector, focusing on the relation between technopolitics, institutional analysis and popular pedagogy; repair and refusal of work; social reproduction and pleasure. I am one of the convenors of the Pirate Care Syllabus project (https://pirate.care ) and a member of the Management Committee of Toolkit of Care project (COST Action CA21102), as well as a member of the Micropolitics Research Group (UK, active since 2007).

I hold a PhD in Business and Management from Queen Mary University (2015). My doctoral work that led to the thesis “Common Pleasures: the Politics of Sociality from Sociability to Militant Conviviality”, was supported with a scholarship on the creative industries. Prior to this, I graduated with an MA in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths (2004), as well as obtaining a post-graduate diploma in Cultural Project Management from the Fitzcarraldo Foundation (Turin, 2005). In 2021,  I was granted the Italian ASN – (abilitazione scientifica nazionale, II tier) for the academic teaching of Sociology of Cultural Processes and Communication (14/C2).

I was a short-term Visiting Fellow at the John Hope Franklin Research Center, Duke University (2011) and a semester Fellow at the DCRL (Digital Cultures Research Lab), at Leuphana University (2017). I held academic positions at the Art and Design Research Institute (ADRI), Faculty of Art and Creative Industries, Middlesex University (2015-2018) and at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Coventry University (2018 – 2021). I was also invited as a visiting lecturer by a number of academic institutions, including by the MA Curating, Managing and Mediating Art at Aalto University (2013, 2016) and by the MA in Gender Studies, Università Roma Tre (2018/19).

I have been a research consultant for the Art Council of England (2007-2009) and the Serpentine Gallery (2013), developing recommendations for engagement and outreach strategies aimed at black and minority constituencies. I also collaborated with  Intermediae Matadero Madrid (2009) and the DOEN Foundation’s Arts Collaborative Network (2015) to facilitate internal processes of organizational change.

My work has been supported through several international grants, including the City of Bolzano social cooperation grant supporting a residency programme between artists and migrant organizations (Summer Drafts – Laboratories of Trasversal Vivacity, 2008 – 2012); the EU Horizon 2020 programme DSISCALE, on open technologies and healthcare (2018-19); a UCA seeding grant for a study on do-it-together repair shops (2018); and Matrice Lavoro, for archival research on healthcare struggles in Italy (2022).

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