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Dr Diana Battaglia

Dr

Diana Battaglia

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
01 716 8660
University College Dublin, School of Languages Cultures and Linguistics, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4

BIO

After an undergraduate and MA degree in Foreign Languages and International Communication at the University of Catania (Italy), I have completed a Ph.D. at the University of Leeds (UK). My thesis, entitled "Representing Cubanness: Time, Space and Cultural identity in the work of Leonardo Padura Fuentes", focused on the narrative representation of Cuban identities. Starting from the narrative categories of time and space I analyse how Padura's characters constantly negotiate and reshape their identities in relation to the Cuban socio-political changes of the Special Period and post-Soviet era. My research interests include contemporary Latin American literature, especially Cuban literature; the relationship between contemporary cultural production, cultural identity and society in Cuba; Spanish and Latin American detective fiction, and the representation of cultural memory and cultural identity in crime fiction. Before coming to UCD I worked for various year as a PG teaching assistant and language tutor at the University of Leeds and, then, as a Lecturer in Latin American Studies at Queen's University Belfast teaching both content and language modules at all levels.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN APPOINTMENTS

  • International and Global engagement officer
    School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2018
  • Teaching and learning officer for Spanish and Portuguese
    School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics UCD (Spanish), Spanish and Portuguese, Dublin, Ireland10 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2018
  • Research officer for Spanish
    School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics UCD, Spanish and Portuguese, Dublin, IrelandSep 2018 - 31 Jan 2019
  • Alumni Officer for Spanish and Portuguese
    School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Spanish and Portuguese, Ireland1 Jan 2019
  • Rowan champion
    Copenhagen School of Design and Technology, Dublin, Ireland1 Mar 2019

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Lecturer/Assistant Professor
    School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics UCD, Spanish, Ireland1 Sep 2017
  • Lecturer in Latin American Studies
    Queens University Belfast, Spanish and Portuguese, Belfast, United Kingdom11 Sep 2016 - 15 Jul 2017
  • Language tutor
    School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies/Language centre/Centre for translation studies, Leeds, United Kingdom1 Sep 2013 - 31 May 2016

DEGREES

  • BA (Hons)
    UNIVERSITÁ DI CATANIA
  • MA
    UNIVERSITÁ DI CATANIA- ITALY
  • PhD
    University of Leeds

CERTIFICATIONS

  • “Cultore della materia” for Spanish and Hispano-American literature
    Universitá degli studi di Catania, School of Modern Languages, Catania, Italy1 May 2011
  • Research Supervisor Support & Development Programme
    University College Dublin, Dublin7 Jan 2018 - 30 May 2018
  • Professional Certificate in University Teaching and Learning
    University College Dublin1 Jan 2019
  • Digital badge in Universal Design
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland20 Jan 2019

LANGUAGES

  • English
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • Italian
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • Spanish; Castilian
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review