Publications

Publications - Books

Publications – Journal Articles

  • “‘A brutally tough place for brutally tough people’”, in History Today, January 2014.
  • “Eroi in fuga. Prigionieri di Guerra inglesi e le loro memorie on-line”, in Il presente e la storia, (in press).
  • “Did the Rai buy it? The role and limits of American broadcasting in Italy in the Cold War”, in Cold War History, in Cold War History Special Issue “War of the Ether”, DOI:10.1080/14682745.2012.746665, Vol. 13, n. 1, 2013, 171-191.
  • “Questioning the Nazis: languages and effectiveness in British war crimes investigations and trials in Germany, 1945-1948”, in Journal of War and Culture Studies, vol. 3, n 1, 2010, pp. 123-136.
  • “Crime and judgement. Interpreters/Translators in British war crimes trials, 1945-1949”, in The Translator’s Special Issue “Translation and Violent Conflict”, vol. 16, n. 2, 2010, pp. 275-293.
  • Guest-editor of Cold War History’s Special Issue “Europe Americanized? Popular Reception of Western Cold War Propaganda” – “Introduction: Europe Americanized? Popular Reception of Western Cold War Propaganda”, in Cold War History’s Special Issue “Europe Americanized?”, vol. 11, n. 1, 2011, pp. 1-9.
  • “Advertising America: VOA and Italy”, in Cold War History’s Special Issue “Europe Americanized?”, vol. 11, n. 1, 2011, pp. 27-49.
  • “La verità e il benessere. L’USIS in Italia tra il 1945 e il 1956”, in I sentieri della ricerca Rivista di storia contemporanea, Edizioni Centro studi "Piero Ginocchi", Crodo, nn. 9&10, September 2009, pp. 133-170. 
  • “International Broadcasting, la guerra nell’etere. Voice of America e BBC World Service” in Problemi dell’informazione. Trimestrale di media e comunicazione, Il Mulino, n. 2, 2008, pp. 222-250.
  • “Note sulla diplomazia culturale americana in Italia negli anni della guerra fredda”, in Storiografia. Rivista annuale di storia, anno XI, n. 11, 2007, pp. 173-203.
  • “In battaglia con la cinepresa” in Millenovecento, n. 17, February 2004.

Publications – book chapters

  • “Invisible Violences, Interrogation and Representation in Post-War Germany” in Knapp A. and Footitt H. (eds) Liberal Democracies at War. Conflict and Representation (London: Bloomsbury, 2013).
  • “Victims of war: refugees meeting the British in the Second World War”, in in H. Footitt, M. Kelly (ed.), Languages and the military: language issues in theatres of conflict, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.
  • “The Human in Human Intelligence”, in H. Footitt, M. Kelly (ed.), Languages at War, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.
  • “Military interpreters in war”, in H. Footitt, M. Kelly (ed.), Languages at War, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.
  • C. Baker and S. Tobia, “Being an interpreter in conflict”, in H. Footitt, M. Kelly (ed.), Languages at War, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.
  • “Mike: una ‘voce dell’America’ alla Rai”, in Scarpellini E., Schnapp J.T. (eds) ItaliAmerica. Il mondo dei media, Milano: Il Saggiatore, 2012.
  • R. Cairoli and S. Tobia, “Mutamenti politico-istituzionali nella Venezia Giulia e a Trieste tra Tito e gli americani alla luce delle nuove testimonianze documentarie da Washington, 1944-1954”, in G. De Vergottini, D. Rossi, G.F. Siboni (ed) Fenomenologia di una macro-regione. Sviluppi economici, mutamenti giuridici ed evoluzioni istituzionali nell'Alto Adriatico tra età moderna e contemporanea, Milano, Leone Editore, 2012, pp. 23-71.
  • “Panorama e Milano”, in Milano anni Sessanta. Dagli esordi del centro-sinistra alla contestazione, Manduria Bari Roma, Piero Lacaita Editore, 2008, pp. 423-451.

Conferences and workshops organized

  • 29 November 2011, Workshop ‘Interrogation in war and conflict’, supported by the Leverhulme ‘Liberal Way of War’ programme, University of Reading where the paper “The British way to Humint in the Second World War: the case of CSDIC” was presented.
  • 7th – 9th April 2011, Conference ‘Languages at War: policies and practices of language contacts in war’, as part of the AHRC ‘Languages at War’ project, Imperial War Museum, London, where the paper “Victims of war. Displaced people meeting the British in the Second World War” was presented.
  • 28th May 2010, Second Languages at War Workshop, as part of the AHRC ‘Languages at War’ project, Imperial War Museum, London, where the paper “Interrogations: transnational encounters during and after the war 1944-1947” was presented.
  • 27th November 2009, Workshop ‘Listening to the Listener. Popular Reception of Western Cold War Propaganda’, University of Reading where the paper “Advertising America: VOA in Italy” was presented.
  • 29th May 2009, Workshop ‘Languages at war: policies and practice of language contacts in conflicts - The role of interpreters, translators and linguists in conflict, two case studies’, as part of the AHRC ‘Languages at War’ project, Imperial War Museum, London, where the paper “Interpreting judgment: linguists in British war crimes trials in Germany” was presented.

Papers presented at international conferences and workshops

  • 12 April 2013, ‘Eroi in fuga. Prigionieri di Guerra inglesi e le loro memorie ‘on-line’’, invited paper at the Memorialistica di prigionia conference, l'Istituto Storico della Resistenza e della Società Contemporanea in Provincia di Cuneo "Dante Livio Bianco".
  • 8-10 November 2012, ‘Languages and British Relief Operations in Postwar Europe: Historical Perspectives on Languages and Humanitarian Relief’, invited paper at the Humanitarianism: Past, Present, Future conference, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester.
  • 6-7 July 2012, ‘Questioning the enemy: military interrogations in and after the war in Europe, 1944-1947’, invited paper at the Liberal Way of War final Conference, University of Reading.
  • 24 March 2012, “‘At least I stayed decent’: military interrogations between representation and memory, 1945-1948”, invited paper at Invisible Violences Workshop – Leverhulme Liberal Way of War Programme, University of Reading.
  • 4-6 January 2012, ‘Loyal aliens. Languages, identity and effectiveness in the process of denazification, 1945-1948’, Beyond camps and forced labour: current international research on survivors of Nazi prosecution, Imperial War Museum, London. Paper presented.
  • 26th – 29th October 2011, How the USA conquered the RAI: the transnational struggle on short-waves, 1945-1956. Conference on Transnational dimensions of Cold War anticommunism: actions, networks, transfers, paper accepted, University of Fribourg. Paper accepted.
  • 20th October 2011, Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies (CTIS) Seminar Series, University of Manchester, “Resurfacing Languages in War”, invited paper.
  • 11-13 July 2011 – ‘At least I stayed decent. Human rights, military interrogations and memory, 1945-1948’, Kingston University Centre for Life Narratives - Genres of Testimony conference July 2011.
  • 29th April – 1st May 2011, “Resurfacing languages in war: archives, testimony and oral history”, ‘Research Models in Translation II Conference’, University of Manchester. Paper presented.
  • 12-14 April 2011 – ‘Narratives Emotions and the Self, Social History Society Conference’, University of Manchester. “‘At least I stayed decent’: military interrogations, memory and the self, 1945-1948”. Paper presented.
  • 3-5 March 2011 – Justice? Whose justice? Punishment, mediation, reconciliation, University of London. “Questioning the Nazis. Identity and effectiveness in British war crime investigations and trials, 1945-1948”. Paper presented.
  • 3rd December 2010, “VOA, the BBC and the RAI’s Western Choice. Britsh and American International Broadcasting in Italy, 1945-1957”, paper presented at the conference ‘War for the Ether’, University of Reading.
  • 1st – 4th September 2010, “Interpreting between war and occupation: from practice to policy, 1944-1947” - paper presented - Sociolinguistics Symposium (theme: Negotiating transnational space and multilingual encounters), University of Southampton.
  • 7th – 11th July 2010, “Memories of Law and Order. Justice and language encounters in the liberation/occupation of Europe, 1944-1947” – paper presented - Between Past and Future: Oral History, Memory and Meaning - XVI. International Oral History Conference Prague, Czech Republic.
  • 28th June – 1st July 2010, “Interrogations: intimate intercultural encounters in and after the war, 1944-1947” - paper presented - Life Writing and Intimate Publics conference, University of Sussex.
  • 13th – 16th April 2010, the paper “ ‘As I spoke German, I...’ The evolution over time of language encounter stories in the European theatre, 1944-1947” was presented at the Eighth European Social Science History conference at the Bijloke Site in Ghent, Belgium.
  • 19th February 2010, “Questioning the Nazis: Language and Identity in War Interrogations” - Early Career Researcher Conference, University of Reading; ‘National identities, nationhoods and nationalisms: political and literary morphologies of the nation in Europe’.
  • November 2009, “Jewish refugees as linguists? British War Crimes investigations and trials in Germany, 1945-1948”, invited paper at Translation Studies Seminar, University of Salford.
  • July 2009: the paper “Questioning the enemy. Interpreters/interrogators in British war crimes investigations and trials 1945-1946” was presented at the conference ‘Translation and conflict dissolution: unmasking complexities, voicing perplexities’, Monash University, Melbourne - July 2009.
  • June 2009: the paper “The role of foreign languages in conflict situations: some lessons from history?” was presented at the ‘Culture in conflict symposium’, Defence Academy, Cranfield University, Shrivenham.
  • 29th April 2008: The paper “Seducing the intellectuals. American public diplomacy and Italian cultural leaders in the years of Clare Boothe Luce” was presented at the University of Bristol.
  • 18th-19th April 2008: Chaired two sessions at the conference 18th April 1948. Italy between continuity and rupture, School of Humanities, University of Reading.
  • 23rd-24th November 2007: The paper “Franco Scassellati: biografia politica di un prefetto della RSI was presented at the conference” ‘La Repubblica Sociale italiana nel Comasco, 1943-1945’, Istituto per la storia contemporanea, Como.
  • 10-13th July 2007: A paper was presented at the Australasian Centre For Italian Studies (ACIS) Fourth Biennial Conference hosted by Griffith University in Brisbane (Australia), titled “Seducing Cultural Leaders: Clare Boothe Luce and the United States Information Service in Italy”; winner of the full bursary awarded by the ACIS for the Conference.
  • May-June 2007: ‘Participant’ at the conference Defining the ‘Atlantic Community’: Public Intellectuals and Political Cultures in the 1940s and 1950s – Vercelli and Torino – CISPEA (Centro Interuniversitario di Storia e Politica Euro-Americana), Università del Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro, Centro Interuniversitario di Studi Americani ed Euro-Americani ‘Piero Bairati’.
  • October 2004 – A paper was presented at the conference “Yankee go home”? Il modello culturale USA in Italia e in Canada, 1945-2004 (US cultural model in Italy and Canada), titled “Il mondo ci guarda con fiducia. Il Corriere della Sera e Il Notiziario Quotidiano USIS a confronto”, novembre 1947-aprile 1948 (Comparing Corriere della Sera and USIS Daily News, November 1947 – April 1948).
  • May-June 2003 – A paper was presented at the conference Comunicare il passato: cinema giornali e libri di testo nella narrazione storica (Comminicating the past: cinema, newspapers and books in the historical narration), titled “Were we on the wrong side? Problemi di rappresentazione della guerra del Vietnam al cinema e in televisione” (Problems of cinema and television representations of the Vietnam War).

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