Dr Nadia Bartolini
Associate Research Fellow


Research interests

My research revolves around three strands. The first is the idea of memory and the various ways in which heritage is selected and transmitted. I am particularly interested in cities, and the processes and values placed upon the past. My PhD thesis looked at the co-constitution of the past and the present in Rome. It examined how the modern gets done in a city with so much past, and how the past in the underground shapes the city’s present. I investigated these questions by considering a geological analogy first used by Sigmund Freud in 1916: the concept of brecciation. In the current project I am involved in with Dr Caitlin DeSilvey, I am expanding my interests to looking at rural landscapes, and the management of heritage across a series of sites in the UK and in Portugal.

The second strand looks at the cultural practices and processes that are hidden or underplayed, such as the presence of the occult and alternative spiritualities outside of mainstream religion, and how these interact with issues of care and wellbeing. Prior to undertaking PhD studies, my Master’s explored the representation of New Orleans in Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles.

The third strand stems from over ten years’ experience working in Aboriginal research and policy in the Canadian federal government. I therefore continue to be interested in the areas of Aboriginal land claims, legacy and spirituality, and the relationship between First Nations and local communities.

Research projects

Researcher on the ‘Managing Material Transformations’ work package led by Dr Caitlin DeSilvey as part of the AHRC-funded project ‘Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage’ (2015-2019)

Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded developmental award ‘Re-Configuring Ruins: Materialities, Processes and Mediations’ with PI Carlos Lopez Galviz (University of London/Lancaster), Dr Mark Pendleton (Sheffield) and Dr Adam Stock (Newcastle/York St John’s) (2014-2015)

Researcher on the AHRC-funded project ‘Spirited Stoke: Spiritualism in the Everyday Life of Stoke-on-Trent’ led by PI Dr Sara MacKian and Co-I Prof Steve Pile at the Open University (2014-2016)


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