Dr. Maria Elena Indelicato

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Maria Elena Indelicato (she, her, hers) is a CEEC FCT researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. She currently is a University of Münster Visiting Scholar at the Department of English to complete the project "‘Sensible’ Blackness. Early Black Abolitionists' Engagement with the Affective Politics of 19th-Century Race Science(s)."

Indelicato is also associate editor of the Journal of Intercultural Studies, co-editor of the section "Anti-Racism/Mobilisations and Resistance" of the forthcoming online Routledge Encyclopaedia of Race and Racism, and member of the FCT-funded research project "Unpacking POPulism: Comparing the Formation of Emotion Narratives and Their Effects on Political Behaviour (UNPOP)." Recently, she started and co-conveys the international Trans* Reading Group and The Circle: Critical Race New Research Seminar Series.

Indelicato obtained her Ph.D. at the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney, where she also assisted historian Victoria Grieves with the ARC project "More than Family History: Race, Gender and the Aboriginal Family in Australian history." Following, she was appointed lecturer at the School of Communication, Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, where she also acted as international vice-director of the Huallywood Film Research Center. In 2018, Indelicato was awarded with the Endeavour Research Fellowship to undertake the project "Natives, Settlers, and Migrants: a Historical Study of Social Relations in Australia" and,  in 2020, she was awarded with the CEEC Individual FCT Research Grant to undertake the project "A Colonial History of Anti-Racism in Education: Anthropology, Race Displacement and Knowledge Transliteration."

Besides her monograph (2018), Australian New Migrants: International Students' History of Affective Encounters with the Border, she has published in feminist, critical race and cultural studies journals such as Outskirts: Feminisms along with the Edge, Critical Race and Whiteness Studies e-Journal, Chinese Cinemas, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Paedagogica Historica, Transnational Cinemas, Feminist Review, Postcolonial Studies, and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Journal of Intercultural Studies, and European Journal of Women Studies, besides several chapters in edited books on settler colonialism, Chinese cinemas, and international education.

  • Research Interests

    Critical Race Studies, Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, Affect Theory, Anti-Blackness, Anti-racism Education, and Settler Colonial Studies.