Professor Sandra Ponzanesi

Professor Sandra Ponzanesi

Visiting Professor

Department of Media and Communications

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Key Expertise
Media, Migration, Postcolonial Studies, Postcolonial cinema, gender

About me

Sandra Ponzanesi is Professor of Media, Gender and Postcolonial Studies at the Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University (the Netherlands). Her interests include the reception of the postcolonial field in relation to the cultural industry, the understanding of the notion of Europe from a postcolonial perspective, postcolonial cinema studies, and the exploration of migrants’ digital literacies in transnational contexts. She is currently leader of the ERC project “Digital Crossings in Europe: Gender, Diaspora and Belonging” CONNECTINGEUROPE, which investigates the relation between migration and digital technologies. It looks in particular at digital diasporas in relation to issues of gender, ethnicity and affective belonging, by focusing on how new technologies enhance new forms of connectivity between the homeland and destination countries, but also across diasporas.

She has been Visiting Professor at Columbia University in the City of New York and Visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has also been a visiting scholar at New York University, Steinhardt (Department of Media, Culture and Communication) and at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), and Gemma visiting scholar at Rutgers University.

She is the author of Paradoxes of Postcolonial Culture (Suny, 2004) and The Postcolonial Cultural Industry (Palgrave, 2014). She is also the editor of Gender, Globalisation and Violence. Postcolonial Conflict Zones (Routledge, 2014) and co-editor of Postcolonial Intellectuals in Europe (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2018), Postcolonial Transitions in Europe (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2016), Postcolonial Cinema Studies (Routledge, 2012), Deconstructing Europe (Routledge, 2012) and Migrant Cartographies (Lexington Books, 2005). She has also guest-edited several special issues on Postcolonial Europe, European Cinemas, Digital Migration and Intellectual History for journals such Social Identities, Crossings, Interventions, Transnational Cinemas, Popular Communication, Television and New Media, Postcolonial Studies and International Journal of Cultural Studies. More info:

Professor Ponzanesi will be working with Professor Myria Georgiou during her time at LSE. 


Expertise Details

Media; Migration; Postcolonial Studies; Transnational feminist theory; Postcolonial cinema; conflict studies