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The Charles and Joan Alberto Institute at Seton Hall University offers every year a Visiting Fellowship aimed at providing young scholars and post-doctorate candidates in Italian Studies with the opportunity to live and do research for a period up to one month in the New York/New Jersey area and to be part of the Italian Studies community at Seton Hall University.

Rossella MerlinoRossella Merlino will be a Visiting Fellow in Italian Studies in the Spring of 2016. She received her MA in Contemporary Italian Studies from UCL in 2008 and her PhD from the University of Strathclyde in 2013, and worked as a Teaching Fellow in Italian at the Universities of Bath and Exeter. She has recently been appointed as Lecturer and Head of Italian at the University of Bangor. Her research focuses on the cultural dimension of Italian organized crime, with a specific reference to the Sicilian mafia and religion, on which she has published several articles in international journals. At Seton Hall, she will conduct a preliminary comparative study between the memoirs and letters written by Sicilian mafia bosses and the selected memoirs of American mafiosi. The topics of her lectures at Seton Hall will include "The religious dimension of the Sicilian mafia: an overview", "A comparative analysis between the Sicilian and the American mafia", "The mafia as a 'Southern Question': apology, cultural representations, and otherness".

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