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Clodagh Brook
Associate Vice Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Biography

Clodagh is the Associate Vice Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion She oversees and promotes the College’s equality policies and leads Trinity’s Athena SWAN Gender Action Plan. She reports to the Vice-Provost, is a member of Trinity’s Executive Officer’s Group and Chairs the Athena SWAN SAT. She works on EDI with national and international partners through LERU, COIMBRA, as well as through the national VPEDI and Athena SWAN committees.

She is an Associate Professor of Italian Studies and was educated at Oxford University (D Phil) and at University College, Dublin (BA and MA). She was Reader at The University of Birmingham (Russell Group) before taking up her position at Trinity College in 2017. She took up the position of Associate Vice Provost for EDI in November 2019.

Her research explores identity and political voice. It assesses how minority or suppressed voices emerge in the public sphere, looking especially at the place of institutional and symbolic structures in both supporting and blocking this emergence. Her third monograph, Screening Religions in Italy: Contemporary Italian Cinema and Television in the Public Sphere (University of Toronto Press, 2019) assesses how religions, including Islamic minorities, access the public sphere in Italy (or not). Cultures of Opposition under Berlusconi (Continuum, 2009) explores oppositional practices across the media and in Italy’s protest movements (including gender and LGBTQ) at a time in which in Italy the media was dominated by a single politician, Silvio Berlusconi.

The second strand teases out questions of interconnectedness and interdisciplinarity. Prof Brook is currently leading on a large Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded grant, Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020: Interart/Intermedia (www.interdisciplinaryitaly.org), which is in the process of producing 2 books, articles, pedagogical materials and an exhibition. Through it, she collaborates with galleries (Estorick Collection, London), artists, school teachers and a research institute (The British School at Rome), as well as working with scholars from a range of disciplines. As part of this strand, she also has a co-edited book on Transmedia (2014), a special issue on intermedia in Italian Studies (2019), and a number of articles. She is currently preparing a co-authored book on intermediality in Italy for Legenda.

Leadership: Clodagh was Head of Modern Languages (University of Birmingham, 2012-15) and on the Executive Committee of the Society for Italian Studies (research portfolio holder). She has held positions as Co-Director of the Centre for Film (B-Film) and Director of the cross-college Cultural Inquiry MA (University of Birmingham) and member of the University of Birmingham Curriculum Review Group. She was also a member of the AHRC Peer Review College (2012-17). From 2018, she was on the College Scholarship committee in Trinity College. She has organized workshops and given keynote addresses in the USA, Australia, Ireland, Italy, and the UK. She is Head of Italian at Trinity.

For further details, please see: Research Profile