A research project on fashion and streetstyle sartorialism from Africa by Dr. Enrica Picarelli
I am a postcolonial scholar and virtual ethnographer based in Italy. 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. In 2014, I worked as junior content manager and media analyst for a crowdfunding company in Naples. Since 2014, I have been an external postdoctoral affiliate at the Centre for Comparative Studies at Lisbon University, where 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 on interactive platforms, 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 'marginal' 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 and part-time contributor of Arab Media Report. I am data analyst at Crowdsurfer. Finally, I work also as a freelance translator and web copywriter.
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