Dr Selena Daly

I am an Italianist and cultural historian, specializing in the history, culture and literature of late 19th and early 20th century Italy. My primary areas of research are in Italian Futurism (1909-1944) and the cultural history of the First World War, particularly in Italy. I also conduct research in the areas of European avant-garde movements, Italian modernism, digital humanities, post-Unification Italian literature (1860-1900), and translation studies.

I have published numerous journal articles and book chapters on my research. My monograph, Italian Futurism and the First World War, was published by University of Toronto Press in 2016.

I have delivered invited presentations on my research at University of California, Los Angeles (keynote lecture); University of Oxford, California State University, Long Beach, University of Edinburgh, and Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento. I have delivered invited public talks on my work at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in London and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.

In 2014/15, I was a Fulbright Scholar and ELEVATE: Irish Research Council International Career Development Post-Doctoral Researcher (co-funded by Marie Curie Actions) at the Department of French and Italian, University of California, Santa Barbara. I previously held research and teaching positions at University College Dublin (School of History) and Manchester Metropolitan University (School of Languages).

I am on the Editorial Committee of the International Yearbook of Futurism Studies (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/futur).

I am an Associate Editor of the journal First World War Studies.

I am currently co-organizing a conference at UCD in September 2017 entitled ‘Dictators and Degenerates: Modernism, Fascism, and the Pursuit of Culture’. I was a co-organizer of the International Society for First World War Studies Conference, entitled ‘Landscapes of War’ at the Universities of Trento and Padua in September 2015.

I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Italian Studies, and am involved in various initiatives to support recruitment into the discipline and career development for PhD students and early-career researchers.
For my work supporting recruitment, please see http://italianstudies.org.uk/links-and-resources/choose-italian/
For my work supporting PhDs and early-career researchers, please see http://italianstudies.org.uk/current-research/post-doctoral-research/


War in Historical and Contemporary Perspective

Podcast of an invited talk I gave on ‘Migration and the First World War’ in May 2017 as part of the ‘War in Historical and Contemporary Perspective’ conference at the Department of Defence Studies, King’s College, London.

Mobilizing Identities: an Overview Video

Video (featuring me and others) produce as part of a conference I was invited to speak at, entitled ‘Mobilizing Identities/Identities in Motion through the First World War: History, Representations, Memory’, organized at the School of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh, May 2017, as part of the EU-funded project ‘Fatherland as Motherland’.


Mapping the Italian Avant-Garde: Futurism in Space and Time

Video of me presenting a lightning talk entitled ‘Mapping the Italian Avant-Garde: Futurism in Space and Time’ at the spatial@ucsb Lightning Talks at the Center for Spatial Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, in February 2015.

Coose Italian

‘Choose Italian’ video. I was co-project lead on this initiative of the Society for Italian Studies to produce a video to promote the study of Italian at university in the UK and Ireland. Also features a UCD student. Released November 2014