Emma Frances Bond


  • KY16 9PH

    United Kingdom

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Research overview

I am a scholar of modern and contemporary literature and visual cultures. I work primarily on the transnational circulation of people, texts, objects and cultural artifacts.

I have published widely on representations of contemporary migration, including the monograph Writing Migration through the Body (2018) and two co-edited volumes: Destination Italy: Representing Migration in Contemporary Media and Narrative (2015) and Il confine liquido (2013).

I am passionate about finding new ways to share my work with diverse audiences. Since 2015 I have collaborated on a number of projects around Scotland’s role in the transatlantic sugar trade. In 2019 I established a network exploring the stories of empire and colonialism within five Scottish museums, called “Transnational Scotland”. I am academic lead on a major exhibition taking place at the Wardlaw Museum in St Andrews in 2022 called "Recollecting Empire".

I have also worked extensively on Italo Svevo, the literature of Trieste, and psychoanalytic literary theory. Within this field I published my first monograph Disrupted Narratives: Illness, Silence and Identity in Svevo, Pressburger and Morandini (2012) and co-edited the volume Freud and Italian Culture (2009).

I am co-editor of the Transnational Italian Cultures series (Liverpool University Press) and Section Editor for Comparative Literature for Modern Languages Open. I hold the Research Portfolio for the Society for Italian Studies (2019-2022), where I also direct a major EDI initiative.

In 2019 I won a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Languages and Literatures, and I will be on research leave between 2020-2022 working on a new book project entitled Curating Worlds: Museum Practices in Contemporary Literature.

I continue to welcome enquiries from postgraduate students interested in modern and contemporary Italian and Comparative Literature, especially material culture, body studies, and migration, transnational and border narratives.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
  • Contemporary migration; Transnational studies; Material cultures; Body studies


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