Gaia completed her degree in Political Theory (2001) at the University of Bologna under the supervision of professors. Carlo Galli and Sandro Mezzadra. Her BA dissertation was on the contemporary European and North-American reflections on racism. In 2005 Gaia Giuliani completed his doctorate at the University of Torino in the area of ‘Political Studies’ – History of Political Thought (XVII cicle). Her PhD has been focused on British India (1800-1850s) and the reformer James Mill, analysed through a postcolonial, historical, gender studies perspective. Gaia is currently scholar in Colonial and postcolonial studies at the Dept. Politica Istituzioni Storia of the University of Bologna (Italy), where she has been post-doctoral fellow in History of political thought (2007-2009). She is also Associate visiting scholar at Transforming Culture Research Centre (University of Technology Sydney, 2008-2011), and Endeavour Research fellow (2009-2010). Amongst her publishing: the book Beyond curiosity. James Mill e la nascita del governo coloniale britannico in India (Aracne 2008), several journal articles and book-chapters in Italian and English on the colonial imaginary and race-thinking entailed in British imperial experience. Sha focuses in particular on the articulation of race-thinking in settler colonial contexts. She has widely worked on the contemporary debate on race and racism, and on Fascist bio-politics from a Whiteness Studies and Critical Race Theory view-point. She has translated in Italian R. Guha and G.C. Spivak, Selected Subalter Studies (Ombre Corte 2002) and more recently Talal Asad, On Suicide Bombings (Raffaello Cortina 2009). She is member of the editorial board of the Italian academic journal Studi Culturali. Her research field includes also Gender Studies and Feminist theories: she has published on the Feminist Review (2008) and translated in Italian the American philosopher Judith Butler’s Subjects of Desire (Laterza 2009).
- 2010: (It) Tutti i colori del bianco. Prospettive teoriche e sguardi storici sulla whiteness – special issue of Studi Culturali, 1.
- 2010: (Eng) Whose whiteness? Cultural dis/locations between Italy and Australia, in J. Pugliese (ed.), Transmediterranean. Diasporas, Histories, Geopolitical Spaces, Brussels, Peter Lang.
- 2007: (It) Il principio di Color Blindness e il dibattito europeo su razza e razzismo, in T. Casadei, L. Re (eds.), Società multiculturale, immigrazione, sicurezza: problemi di integrazione sociale, Reggio Emilia, Diabasis.
- 2007: (It) Fascismo e biopolitica. L’editoria emiliano-romagnola e la questione della razza, G. Tortorelli (ed.), Editoria e cultura in Emilia-Romagna dal 1900 al 1945, Bologna, Compositori.
Articles in academic journals
- 2011: (Eng) Throwaway Labour. Blackbirding and a white Australia, JEASA ejournal (forthcoming)
- 2010: (It) Fantasie di bianchezza nell’Australia indipendente, Studi Culturali, 1.
- 2009: (It) Due sotto l’impero. India e Australia nel XIX secolo, Scienza e politica, 41.
- 2007: (It) Donne Politica Istituzioni. Uno spazio “politico” in sé”, Inchiesta, 1.
- 2007: (It) The Body, Sexuality, and Precarity, Feminist Review, 3(87).
- 2007: (It) Responsibility implied superiority and inferiority. La History of British India di J. Mill e il nuovo immaginario imperiale britannico, Filosofia politica, 3.
- 2006: (It) Il concetto di impero nel pensiero politico inglese tra il XVII e la prima metà del XIX secolo, Pensiero Politico, 1.
- 2003: (It) Paul Gilroy e il dibattito contemporaneo sul razzismo, in Filosofia politica, 2.