Dr Emilio Distretti

Worked as research assistant for exhibitions at the Wellcome Trust and at the International Venice Biennale.


Dr Emilio Distretti  

Emilio is a cultural theorist, researcher and scriptwriter. He studied Philosophy of History at the University of Bologna, Italy and completed a PhD in Aesthetics and Politics of Representation at the School of Art and Design at the University of Portsmouth co-supervised at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL.  Emilio’s academic work has been presented in various workshops and conferences at the Fatih University in Istanbul, Aahrus University, Goethe University in Frankfurt, Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg and University of Bristol.

Emilio previously taught theories of Modernity at the School of Art and Design – University of Portsmouth. He also previously taught at Cass the module ‘Writing about Architecture’ within the MA course in Architectural History, Theory and Interpretation.

Recently Emilio worked as research assistant for exhibitions at the Wellcome Trust and at the International Venice Biennale.

Emilio’s first script for documentary cinema is for the docu-film Palestine for Beginners, finalist at the Al-Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival in 2013.

Courses 

  • BA (Hons) Archtiecture

His research interests and skills are multidisciplinary and place a strong emphasis on visual and material culture, architecture, critical theory and politics of reparation in post-conflict countries, migration studies and postcolonial studies. His research focus on post-colonial relations between Italy and its former colonies Libya and Ethiopia. In particular, it explores the capacity of colonial material legacies (looted cultural goods, colonial architecture and urbanism) to inspire post-colonial discourses on the nation and new possibilities for bilateral agreements between countries formerly in conflict.