About Enrica Picarelli

I am external Post-Doctoral associate at the Centre for Comparative Studies at Lisbon University and my research areas are postcolonial studies, media studies and fashion studies.

I received a Ph.D in Cultural and Postcolonial Studies of the Anglophone World in 2010 at the University of Naples, “L’Orientale” and was “Michael Ballhaus Fellow” at the Center for Digital Cultures in Lueneburg from 2011 to 2013.

My research focuses on African and Afro-diasporic sartorial practices on participatory media. The project examines the political and aggregative potential of grassroot dress and beauty practices in personal style blogs, focusing on spaces, genres, and cultures that are at the margins of mainstream media representations and current discourses about former colonies. I am interested in examining how such elements intersect with and influence the global visual culture, particularly how they participate in the current hyper-visualization and commodification of the black body.

I am an editorial board member and contributor of de genere: journal of literary, postcolonial and gender studies, a content editor at Blacks to the Future and African Digital Art Network. I have also published in Arab Media Report.

When I am not writing and researching I work as a translator.

Check my academic profile and list of publications here.

For collaborations, promotion, info, random chat, email me at afrosartorialism@gmail.com


The cover image is a painting by Mary Cinque, entitled “Africa Alle” inspired by her childhood memories of Addis Ababa.


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