- Senior Global Futures Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
- Assistant Professor, Environmental Humanities and Italian, School of International Letters and Cultures
Serena Ferrando’s research focuses primarily on water and modern/contemporary Italian poetry. Her book project, Cultural Hydrographies: Water, Poetry, and Environment, offers an original ecocritical-cultural narrative of the relationship between poetry and nature in the city of Milan, Italy and three Milanese poets. Ferrando directs a digital humanities exhibit about Milan’s water canals called Navigli Project. She also studies environmental and experimental noisescapes and offers a course titled “Noisemakers! Tracing the History of Modern Music in Italy” where students build noise instruments and develop multimedia projects that utilize sound mapping to create a multisensory experience of the world. Her publications span across the fields of literature, ecocriticism, and digital humanities.
- Graduate Certificate, Digital Humanities, University of Victoria, British Columbia, 2017
- PhD, Italian Studies, Stanford University, 2013
- MA, Comparative Literature, University of Texas-Austin, 2005
- MA, American Studies, University of Texas-Austin, 2001
- BA, Modern Foreign Languages, Università degli Studi di Genova, 1998
Ferrando, S. 2019. The Navigli Project: A digital uncovering of Milan's aquatic geographies. Italian Culture 37(2):150-158. DOI: 10.1080/01614622.2019.1717786. (link )
Ferrando, S. and M. Wardecker. 2019. Noisemakers! Putting the analog in digital humanities. Humanist Studies & the Digital Age 6(1):59-68. DOI: 10.5399/uo/hsda.6.1.4.. (link )
Ferrando, S. 2017. "Un’oscura sete." Natura nella Milano di Milo De Angelis. Italica 94(2):276-292. (link )
Ferrando, S. and G. Sancristoforo. 2017. Audioscan Milano. Exploring avant-garde sound practices via digital humanities. Humanist Studies & the Digital Age 5(1):108-115. DOI: 10.7264/N3JM2823. (link )
Ferrando, S. 2014. Water in Milan: A cultural history of the Naviglio. Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 21(2):374-393. DOI: 10.1093/isle/isu046. (link )
Ferrando, S. 2022. Chapter 6 Cravasco: An example of slow violence. In: Benvegnu, D. and M. Gilebbi eds., Italy and the Ecological Imagination: Ecocritical Theories and Practices. Vernon Press. ISBN: 978-1-64889-225-7.
Ferrando, S. 2018. Terra in Dino Buzzati's fantastic landscapes. Pp. 88-97 In: Iovino, S., E. Cesaretti and E. Past eds., Italy and the Environmental Humanities: Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies. University of Virginia Press. ISBN: 978-0-8139-4108-0.