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Leaders, Lecturers & Tour Managers

Dr Gregoria Manzin

Dr Gregoria Manzin was born and grew up in Torino, Italy. In her hometown she studied Languages and Literature before moving to Germany to complete her studies. She later completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne. She has taught at the University of Melbourne and at Swinburne University of Technology. Since 2015 she has been working at La Trobe University, where she coordinates the Italian Program and the Honours Program in Languages and Linguistics, Classics and Ancient History. She is also a poetry translator and has a close affiliation with SBS Radio Italian. Gregoria’s research focuses on contemporary literature and particularly on the effect of borders in shaping people’s sense of identity.

Gregoria’s book Torn Identities: Life Stories at the Border of Italian Literature (Troubador, 2013) explores the re-drawing of the North-Eastern border of Italy after WWII, with the cessation of Istria and Dalmatia to former Yugoslavia in 1947. By examining the life stories of five women writers, Gregoria explores the impact that shifting borderlines exercise on the sense of identity of individuals and communities affected by these changes.

After crossing many borders herself, Gregoria moved to Melbourne in 2004 where she now lives with her family. She is fluent in German, having lived in Cologne for several years while completing her undergraduate studies and later her Honours thesis in poetry translation. She also speaks Spanish and she’s currently learning Korean.