Dr Alessandro Castellini

Dr Alessandro Castellini

Guest Teacher

Department of Media and Communications

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English, Italian
Key Expertise
gender, sexuality, motherhood, postpartum depression, emotions, Japan

About me

Dr Alessandro Castellini is Guest Teacher in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.

After pursuing a BA in Japanese Studies at Ca’ Foscari University (Venice, Italy) and an MSc in Gender Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, London), Dr Castellini completed his PhD in Gender Studies at the Department of Gender Studies (formerly Gender Institute, LSE) under the supervision of Professor Clare Hemmings. His doctoral project developed at the intersection of feminist theory, cultural studies and the sociology of motherhood, and engaged questions of visibility/invisibility in the cultural construction of maternal violence in late postwar Japan. Weaving together historical and archival research, media analysis and a sociological inquiry into Japanese feminist contestations of motherhood and the nuclear family, Dr Castellini’s work privileges translation as a theoretical and methodological tool for the creation of a transnational/transcultural dialogic space between western and non-western theoretical, representational and political approaches to maternal aggression.

Expertise Details

gender; sexuality; motherhood; postpartum depression; emotions; Japan; film theory; psychoanalysis; philosophies of translation; critical pedagogies


Dr Castellini is currently working on two new projects that further advance his research interests in motherhood and translation respectively. The first investigates a growing preoccupation with a “maternal potential for violence” in contemporary Italian culture. Using an interdisciplinary methodology that borrows from cultural studies, feminist theory and sociology of emotions, it explores a multimedia cultural archive on postpartum disorders to expand current discussions of maternal ambivalence beyond the familiar politics of guilt, shame and medicalization.

Dr Castellini’s second project foregrounds how “thinking-through-translation” problematizes ideas of centre/periphery in the teaching and practicing of gender theories, dislocating the West as the privileged site of theoretical processing, and calling into question the global hegemony of English as the lingua franca of academia. Building on postcolonial feminist theory, socio-linguistics, philosophy of translation, critical pedagogies, as well as an evolving sensitivity to language diversity in transnational gender and sexuality studies, this second strand of research encourages the collective envisioning of a “translational pedagogy” to enhance accountability inside and outside the classroom.

Teaching & supervision

Dr Castellini has taught extensively at both undergraduate and postgraduate level across departments at the LSE and at UCL. He has been Teaching Fellow in Transnational Gender Studies at the Department of Gender Studies where he contributed to courses such as Gender Theories: An Interdisciplinary ApproachGender, Knowledge and Research Practice and Screening the Present: Contemporary Cinema and Cultural Critique. He was LSE Fellow on the undergraduate course LSE100: The LSE Course where he co-led the LSE100 Equity Diversity and Inclusion project which is devoted to gender and diversity mainstreaming and the creation of an inclusive curriculum.

Dr Castellini is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the student-focused pedagogy that informs his teaching practice benefits from his training in Nonviolent Communication. As a member of the GTA London Network (in part funded by the Staff and Educational Development Association), he co-created a series of scenario-based resources for GTAs in higher-education institutions. At the LSE the project was coordinated by Dr Claire Gordon and Dr Colleen McKenna and focused on a range of EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) issues such as "sexist and homophobic micro-aggressions in the classroom." The resources thus created are currently being used in the context of teachers' PGCHE training at the LSE.

Dr Castellini has taught on the following courses during his time with the Department:

  • MC408 Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications
  • MC411 Media and Globalisation
  • MC418 Communication: Cultures and Approaches
  • MC438 Mediated Feminisms
  • MC4M1 Methods of Research in Media and Communications
  • MC499 Dissertation (as dissertation supervisor)