Assistant Professor of Italian Studies

M.A. & Ph.D., New York University

Gaoheng Zhang joined UBC as Assistant Professor of Italian Studies after holding positions as Assistant Professor of Italian Cinema at the University of Toronto and as a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities (now the USC Society of Fellows) at the University of Southern California. He was educated in the fields of Italian Studies and (comparative) Cultural Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University (B.A.) and at New York University (M.A., Ph.D.).

His publications, teaching, public talks, and exhibitions have focused on Italy’s global networks through migration, colonialism, and travel during the 19th-21st centuries. He specializes in Chinese migration to Italy and contemporary Italian-Chinese relations as they are conveyed in diverse media. Currently he is under contract to revise a book manuscript titled “Migration and the Media: Debating Chinese Migration to Italy, 1992-2012.” He has also begun to research for a new book project, tentatively titled “Mobilities Between Italy and China: Exile, Colonialism, Tourism, and Migration.”

Another major focus of his scholarship and teaching is masculinity and gender studies within the Italian and intercultural contexts. As his published articles and Ph.D. dissertation titled “Travel and Italian Masculinities in Gianni Amelio’s Cinema” show, a critical understanding of male identities and acts helps us to understand the local and global networks that Italians have formed throughout the 20th century.

He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies (2014-Present) and on the Publications Committee of the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program for Canada’s Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2017-20).

To learn more about his publications, please visit https://ubc.academia.edu/GaohengZhang.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Italian and transnational studies
  • Italian colonial and postcolonial cultures
  • Cultural relations between Italy and China
  • Migration and diaspora studies
  • Gender and masculinity studies
  • Film and media studies
  • Rhetoric and communication studies
  • Cultural studies

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

Book projects

“Migration and the Media: Debating Chinese Migration to Italy, 1992-2012”

(Under revision. Funded by the Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program in the Humanities at the University of Southern California, 2012-2014 and by the Schoff Publication Fund Award at Columbia University, 2016.)

“Mobilities Between Italy and China: Exile, Colonialism, Tourism, and Migration”

(In progress. Funded by UBC Hampton Fund Research Grant – New Faculty Award, 2016-18 and The Arts Undergraduate Research Award and The International Work Learn Award, UBC, 2017.)

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Book
“Migration and the Media: Debating Chinese Migration to Italy, 1992-2012” (under revision).

Articles and book chapters
“Chinese Migrants and the ʻChinese Mafia’ in Contemporary Italian Culture.” In Transcending Borders: Selected Papers in East Asian Studies, edited by Valentina Pedone and Sagiyama Ikuko, pp. 67-86. Firenze: Firenze University Press, 2016.

“Il razzismo anti-cinese nella stampa italiana e la reazione della stampa migrante cinese: il caso della rivolta della Chinatown milanese,” Studi culturali, 2/2016 (2016), pp. 195-208.

“Insegnare la lingua e la cultura italiane agli studenti di origine cinese in Nord America: nuove risorse didattiche per un approccio multiculturalista,” Cultura & Comunicazione, 6:9 (2016), pp. 23-25.

“Contemporary Italian Novels on Chinese Immigration to Italy,” California Italian Studies Journal, 4:2 (2014), http://escholarship.org/uc/item/0jr1m8k3.

“The Protest in Milan’s Chinatown and the Chinese Immigrants in Italy in the Media (2007-9),” Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, 1:1 (2013), pp. 21-37.

“Comedy Film and Immigration to Italy: Reading Masculinity, Hybridity, and Satire in Lezioni di cioccolato (2007), Questa notte è ancora nostra (2008), and Into Paradiso (2010),” in The Cinemas of Italian Migration: European and Transatlantic Narratives, edited by Sabine Schrader and Daniel Winkler, pp. 263-279. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.

“The Three Riddles in Puccini’s Turandot: Masculinity, Empire, and Orientalism”
In Der musikalisch modellierte Mann: Interkulturelle und interdisziplinäre Männlichkeitsstudien zur Oper und Literatur des 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhunderts, edited by Ester Saletta and Barbara Hindinger, pp. 397-416. Vienna: Praesens, 2012.

“Italian Male Travelers at the Borderline: Masculinities and Liminal Spaces in Lamerica and Il ladro di bambini by Gianni Amelio,” The Italianist (Film Issue) 32 (2012), pp. 238-55.

Exhibition

“Global Routes: China, Italy, Toronto” (co-curated with Paolo Frascà and Jennifer Lau), an exhibition at the John M. Kelly Library at the University of Toronto (May-June, 2016), at the Carrier Gallery at Columbus Centre in Toronto (July, 2016), and at UBC Robson Square. https://mobilitiesitalychina.wordpress.com (Funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, 2016.)

Invited Media Essays
“Made in Italy by Chinese in Prato: The ‘Carrot and Stick’ Policy and Chinese Migrants in Italy,” China Policy Institute Blog, University of Nottingham, UK, October 22, 2015,
http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/chinapolicyinstitute/2015/10/22/made-in-italy-by-chinese-in-prato-the-carrot-and-stick-policy-and-chinese-migrants-in-italy-2010-11/.

“Italy and China, Europe and East Asia: Centuries of Dialogue,” Corriere Canadese, April 5, 2016, p. 16.

Interview
“Tra vecchi stereotipi e nuove abitudini inizia l’anno del serpente nelle Chinatown italiane,” Huffington Post Italia, January 30, 2013 (Interviewed and cited by Francesca Bellino), http://www.huffingtonpost.it/francesca-bellino/tra-vecchi-stereotipi-e-n_b_2579342.html.

Translation
“La Fuga/Escape” by Francesca Bellino, Journal of Italian Translation, VI:1&2 (2011), pp. 100-115.

AWARDS

The Arts Undergraduate Research Award (AURA), University of British Columbia, 2017.

The International Work Learn Award, University of British Columbia, 2017.

UBC Green College Leading Scholar, 2016-18

UBC Hampton Fund Research Grant – New Faculty Award, 2016-18

The Schoff Publication Fund Award, The University Seminars, Columbia University, 2016

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant, 2016

Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholarship in the Humanities, University of Southern California, 2012-14

First alternate, National Endowment for the Humanities Post-doctoral Rome Prize in Modern Italian Studies, The American Academy in Rome, 2012

The Modern Language Association of America Travel Grant, 2012

Full scholarship from the Refresher Program for Teachers of Italian Abroad, University for Foreigners in Perugia, 2008

Marietta Di Croce Fellowship, Department of Italian Studies, New York University, 2006

Dean’s Travel Grants, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University, 2005 and 2009

Winter 2017

ITAL304 Italian Literature and Culture of the Modern and Contemporary Age Sections

The development of modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture against the background of social and historical events. Alternates with ITAL 303.

Winter 2017

ITAL409 Topics in Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture Sections

Italian literature of the 20th century in its intellectual, socio-political and cultural context. Precludes credit for ITST 419.

Winter 2017

ITST110 Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture Sections

Winter 2017

ITST232 Introduction to Italian Culture II: From the Modern to the Post-Colonial Age Sections

Winter 2017

ITST419 Topics in Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture in Translation Sections

Italian literature of the 20th century in its intellectual, socio-political and cultural context. Precludes credit for ITAL 409.