Professor of Italian Studies & Environmental Humanities

Graduate Italian Language Advisor

serenella.iovino@unc.edu | Dey 218

At UNC since 2019


Education

Ph.D. Philosophy and Humanities, Università degli Studi di Urbino “Carlo Bo,” Italy

Laurea in Filosofia (M.A. equivalent) cum laude, Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”

Bio

Serenella Iovino’s research approach has a strong interdisciplinary and transnational orientation. Her work is internationally recognized in the fields of ecocriticism and environmental humanities, research areas to which she has contributed essays and volumes on such topics as ecocritical theory, cultural landscapes, bioregionalism and place ethics, posthumanism, feminist ecocriticism, Mediterranean studies, new materialisms, environmental justice, land art, and a number of studies bringing Italy and Italian literature and culture into the foreground. She also investigated the relationships among philosophy, literature, and the natural sciences in XVIII-XIX-century Germany in essays and two book-length publications on the Age of Goethe.

In Italian Studies, her main areas of specialization are 20th-21st century Italian literature, culture, and environmental issues (from cultural landscapes to issues of political ecology and justice). Serenella has dedicated essays and articles to Italo Calvino, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Primo Levi, Anna Maria Ortese, Laura Conti, Gianni Celati, and examined contemporary artistic and filmic subjects. Her most recent publications in the field include the award-winning Ecocriticism and Italy and, as co-editor, Italy and the Environmental Humanities.

A plenary speaker at conferences, seminars, and events at academic institutions in Europe, the US, China, Australia, Taiwan, in 2014 she was the holder of the “J.K. Binder Lectureship in Literature” at the University of California, San Diego.

Serenella works with academic organizations such as EASLCE (as co-founder and Past President), ASLE, AAIS, and sits in international committees for literary prizes and initiatives related to environmental culture and education.

Serenella is a member of the MLA Forum Executive Committee for 20th-21st century Italian (2019-2024). She works with academic organizations such as EASLCE (Past President, currently Advisory Board member), ASLE, AAIS, and sits in international juries for literary prizes and initiatives related to environmental culture and education. At UNC she serves in the Advisory Board of the Center for European Studies.

As a publicly engaged intellectual, she cooperates with the UNESCO Italian Commission, art foundations such as the Parco Arte Vivente, Torino Cinemambiente, and a number of festivals. Serenella has been hosted several times by the Italian National Television and Radio (RAI).

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Publications

  • Iovino, S., Enrico Cesaretti and Elena M. Past, eds. (2018). Italy and the Environmental Humanities: Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies. Charlottesville: The University of Virginia Press.
  • Oppermann, S. and S. Iovino, eds. (2017). Environmental Humanities: Voices from the Anthropocene. London: Rowman and Littlefield International.
  • Iovino, S. (2016). Ecocriticism and Italy: Ecology, Resistance, and Liberation. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Iovino, S. and Serpil Oppermann, eds. (2014). Material Ecocriticism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  • Iovino, S. (2006). Ecologia letteraria. Una strategia di sopravvivenza. Milan. Edizioni Ambiente. (2nd Edition: 2015)
  • Iovino, S. (2004). Filosofie dell’ambiente. Natura, Etica, Società. Rome: Carocci. (Reprinted 2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Iovino, S., ed. (2000). Il ‘Woldemar’ di F.H. Jacobi, introduzione, traduzione e commento storico-critico.  Padua. CEDAM. 335 pp.

Courses Regularly Taught

  • ITAL 385
  • ITAL 830

Awards & Honors

  • 2017: MLA’s Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies for Ecocriticism and Italy: Ecology, Resistance, and Liberation.
  • 2017: Book Prize of the American Association for Italian Studies for Ecocriticism and Italy: Ecology, Resistance, and Liberation (Category: 20th-21st Century).
  • 2017: Seal of Excellence of the Marie Skłodowska Curie Action (H2020) for “ELICIT-The Environmental Humanities and Italo Calvino: Interpretation, Transdisciplinarity, and Educational Strategies.”

Fellowships

  • 2017-18: Carson Fellowship from the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, München.
  • 2015: Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung Follow-up Fellowship. Hosting institution: Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, München.
  • 2010-2012: Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researcher. Hosting institution: Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Universität Augsburg.

Graduate Students Advised by Professor  

Professor Iovino is currently accepting new advisees.