Valentina BARNABEI

Position
PhD Student
Dottorato
STUDI SULL'ASIA E SULL'AFRICA
36° Ciclo - Immatricolati nel 2020
Area tematica
BUILDING, DEMOLISHING, MIGRATING: A LITERARY JOURNEY THROUGH IDENTITY AND PLACE MAKING IN DELHI
Supervisore
Holden Livia (Università di Padova) - Drocco Andrea / Harder Hans (Dottorato Internazionale con l’Universität Heidelberg, Germania)
E-mail
valentina.barnabei@unive.it
956579@stud.unive.it
Website
www.unive.it/people/valentina.barnabei (personal record)
Office
Department of Asian and North African Studies
Website: https://www.unive.it/dep.dsaam
Where: Palazzo Vendramin

Education

Université de Lausanne (UNIL)
Lausanne, Switzerland | 09. 2017-04.09.2019
Master of Arts, South Asian Studies with a specialization in Literary Translation
Major in Hindi language and literature + Specialization in Literary Translation (HIN > IT) at Centre de Traduction Litte raire (CTL).

Sapienza Università di Roma
Rome, Italy | 09.2013 – 15.03.2017
Bachelor of Arts, Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Major in Hindi language and culture + three years of Arabic language study.

Study Abroad Experiences

Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO)
Paris, France | 09.2015-07.2016
Erasmus + Programme. Hindi language, literature, and culture; Classic Arabic language.

Centro Risorse India (CRI)
Benares, Uttar Pradesh, India | 02.2018-03.2018
Intensive course of Hindi language.


Modern Hindi Workshop 2019
Mánfa, Hungary | 25.07.2019-04.08.2019
Workshop on the translation in different languages of contemporary Hindi literature.

Career Background

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (DSAAM)| Venice, Italy
Heidelberg University (SAI) | Heidelberg, Germany
PhD Student | 16.09.2020 – present
Research on contemporary Hindi literature, migrations, and gendered mobility within the city of Delhi; Research fieldworks in Delhi (Jan 2022-Feb 2022; Dec 2022-Feb 2023): use of surveys, qualitative interviews, and fieldwork walking-through.

Edizioni Ca’ Foscari, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice | Venice, Italy
Editorial Board Member of Bhāṣā Journal of South Asian Linguistics, Philology and Grammatical Traditions | 07. 2022 – present

Jamia Millia Islamia University | NCTD, India
Visiting PhD Student | 15.12.2022 – 15.03. 2023
Dr. K.R. Narayanan Centre for Dalit and Minorities Studies.
Research on contemporary Hindi literature, migrations, and gendered mobility within the city of Delhi.

RENUP- Spousal Reunification and Integration Laws in Europe, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice | Venice, Italy
Research Assistant | 15.06.2021 – 15.04.2022
Use of prepared questionnaires to hold conversations with participants and monolingual key informant (Italian) previously identified; Summarize and draw up summaries of legal documents established and identified by the researcher, Dr. Rama Srinivasan; Accompany the researcher in her field research. Used languages: Italian, English, Hindi, and Urdu.

Babel Festival di Letteratura e Traduzione | Bellinzona, Switzerland
Event Planning Assistant | 17.09.2020-20.09.2020
15th Edition, Atlantica.

ASCIPDA Dante Alighieri |Porto, Portugal
Administrative Secretary and Public Relations Intern | 01.10.2019-31.03.2020
Administrative Secretary tasks; Planned and executed cultural events; Translation PT > IT; Planned and executed social media campaigns.

Event Planner Assistant | 10.10.2019-10.11.2019
DESIGNAgorà - Ciclo de cinema documental, a satellite event of the Porto Design Biennale (PDB) 2019

The Alain Daniélou Foundation| Zagarolo (RM), Italy
Archivist| 03.2017-07.2017
Catalogued Alain Danie lou's correspondences from the 1950s. Languages used: French, English.


Teaching Experiences


Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy | 10.2022 – 02.2023
Students Tutor
Tutored BA Students of Hindi Language (1st year, beginners).

ASCIPDA Dante Alighieri, Porto, Portugal | 10.2019-04.2020
Italian Teacher
Taught Italian as L2; Taught Italian language and culture to bilingual children (PT-IT).

Scuola Penny Wirton, Rome, Italy | 09.2013-01.2014
Tutored teenage students with no prior exposure to Italian.

Panel and Conference Organization


World Literature in Unexpected Places: Displacement and the Minor in Global Urban Contexts (panel)
Conference: World Literature and the Minor: Figuration, Circulation, Translation, KU Leuven, Belgium| 05.05.2021-07.05.2021
Panel coorganized.

Miss Man Screening and Conference (film screening and conference)
Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy (28.05.2021)
Screening of the short-film Miss Man by director Tathagata Ghosh, followed by a Q&A session involving the film director, the leading actor Arghya Adhikarye, and the participants. I co-introduced the event and the guests and moderated the Q&A session.
Event coorganized.

“Di autodefinizioni e autonarrazioni: l'essere donna e dalit nella scrittura di Rajat Rani Meenu” (conference)
Cycle of Seminars: Femminismi Contemporaney Academy. Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy | 01.2021-06.2021, Date of the conference: 04.06.2021
Dalit Hindi writer Rajat Rani ‘Meenu’ discussed the conditions of Dalit women in contemporary India and read extracts from her work. I moderated the event as well as translated simultaneously from Hindi into Italian.

Fragile Selves - PhD Symposium
Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy| 02.03.2022-04.03.2022
Conference coorganized.

DSAAM South Asia Meetings
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy | 14.04.2023 - 17.05.2023
Research meetings on a weekly or twice weekly basis involving scholars of South Asia based at DSAAM.
Seminar organized.

Working on human rights in an authoritarian context: some case studies
Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy| 01.06.2023
Dr. Avinash Kumar, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Equity Studies of Delhi (India) and former Executive Director of Amnesty International India, focused on the strategies that human rights groups in India deploy, on their context-specific relevance, and showcased a set of case studies.
Conference coorganized.

DSAAM and CDMS: Multidisciplinary PhD colloquia on Contemporary South Asia
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy; Jamia Millia Islamia University, NCTD, India | 01.2024 - present
Research meetings on a twice weekly basis involving PhD students of contemporary South Asian studies based at DSAAM and at the CDMS (Jamia Millia Islamia)
Seminar coorganized.

Conferences Participation


World Literature and the Minor: Figuration, Circulation, Translation. KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium (05.05.2021-07.05.2021)
Presentation given: “Shiny or Trickster City? Uday Prakash and the authors of the Cybermohalla Project narrate contemporary Delhi to the world”.

Tavola rotonda dei dottorandi in discipline del Sud Asia. Department of Asian and North African Studies (DSAAM) of Ca’ Foscari University. Venice, Italy (17.05.2021)
Presentation given: “Multiforme Delhi. Sensibilita contemporanee raccontano migrazioni e variazioni nello spazio urbano” (conference on invitation).

Doctoral Online Workshop hosted by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie project RE-NUP (02.08.2021)
Paper presented: “Negotiating the city: literary anthropology as a tool to investigate Hindi literature”.

FRINGE/ALUS Symposium Urban (Im)mobilities and Borderland Narratives. University of Alcalá, Madrid, Spain (14.10.2021)
Presentation given: “Delhi on the Move: A Literary Account on Urban Mobility”.

South Asian Cities: Shared Experiences and Challenges. University of Turin, Turin, Italy (16.06.2022-17.06.2022)
Presentation given: “Navigating eviction, relocation, and margin negotiation in Delhi: a state of the research” (17.06.2022. Conference on invitation).

Dr. K.R. Narayanan Centre for Dalit and Minorities Studies’ PhD Students Seminars. Jamia Millia Islamia University, NCTD, India (11.01.2023).
Presentation given: “Navigating Eviction, Relocation, and Displacement in Delhi through Literary Narratives: a State of the Research”.

DSAAM South Asia Meetings. Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy  (14.04.2023).
Presentation given: "Displacement and Mobility in Delhi: Working Draft of Final Dissertation".

European Conference for South Asian Studies (ECSAS). 27th Edition. University of Turin, Turin, Italy (26.07.2023-29.07.2023)
Presentation: "The Cybermohalla Project or The Importance of Storytelling to Keep Places and Communities Alive". In: Panel #29 Travelling stories, bodies and genres and the making of communities (27.07.2023).

Third Young Researchers' Conference on Trauma and Memory Studies: Responses from the Global South. Jamia Millia Islamia University, NCTD (Delhi), India (19.01.2024-21.01.2024)
Presented paper: "From Delhi with (Co)creativity: Literary Texts as Material Evidence of Urban Memories and Experiences". In: Panel #9 Spatiality and Suffering: Testimonial Imprints from Urbanscape (21.01.24).

Membership

European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS)

Fringe Urban Narratives

Association Jeunes Etudes Indiennes (AJEI)

Scholarships

Erasmus + Project Scholarship
Sapienza University of Rome (09.2015-07.2016)

Master Scholarship for Excellence
University of Lausanne (09.2017-07.2018)

Linguistic Stay Scholarship
University of Lausanne (02.2018)

Master Scholarship for Excellence
University of Lausanne (09.2018-07.2019)

Linguistic Stay Scholarship
University of Lausanne (07.2019)