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Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Simona Vittorini

PhD (SOAS)

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Simona Vittorini
Department of Politics and International Studies

Senior Teaching Fellow

SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Name:
Dr Simona Vittorini
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4573
Address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
461
Office Hours:
Friday 3-4pm

Biography

Dr Simona Vittorini is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies where she lectures undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the comparative politics of Asia and Africa. Previously she also lectured at Birkbeck College, London Metropolitan University and at the University of Milan-Bicocca.

Areas of interest include comparative politics of South Asia; India foreign policy, soft power and its engagements with the developing world (particularly Africa); emerging powers; theories of nationalism and democracy; and Hindu nationalism.

Research

Her research is focused on South Asian politics with special reference to India. Dr Vittorini is currently working on a collaborative research project on Indian engagements in West Africa with Dr David Harris, titled ‘Slow but Steady like the Elephant’. She is the author with Dr David Harris of ‘African governmental responses to Indian ventures on the continent: a changing arena of African politics?’ published in Dietz T. et al (eds.), New Topographies of Power? Africa Negotiating an Emerging Multi-polar World. Leiden, Brill (2011) and ‘India Goes Over to the Other Side: Indo-West African Relations in the 21st Century’, in Mawdsley E & McCann G (Eds), India in Africa: Changing Geographies of Power. Oxford: Fahamu Books (2011), as well as other book chapters. Dr. Vittorini’s book, Rituals, Symbols and Politics of Indian Nationalism was published in 2009.

Her areas of research: comparative politics of South Asia; India foreign policy, soft power and its engagements with the developing world (particularly Africa); emerging powers; theories of nationalism and democracy; and Hindu nationalism.

Dr Vittorini is a frequent commentator in the media and regularly works as a consultant. Clients included: UKTI, Zurich Insurance, CMS Cameron McKenna, the Swedish current Ambassador to India and the Swedish Special Envoy to Afghanistan, UNICEF Country Representative to India, the NATO Parliamentary Subcommittee South Asia.

She received her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies

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Available for
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • South Asia
Country Expertise
  • India
Languages

Publications

Authored Books

Vittorini, Simona (2009) Rituals, Symbols and Politics of Indian Nationalism. Torino: Trauben. (Pubblicazioni del CREAM, 5a)

Book Chapters

Vittorini, Simona and Harris, David (2011) 'African governmental responses to Indian ventures on the continent: a changing arena of African politics?' In: New Topographies of Power? Africa Negotiating an Emerging Multi-polar World. Leiden: Brill. (In Press)

Vittorini, Simona and Harris, Dave (2011) 'India Goes Over to the Other Side: Indo-West African Relations in the 21st Century.' In: Emma, Mawdsley and Gerard, McCann, (eds.), India in Africa: changing geographies in power. Oxdord: Fahamu Books.

Vittorini, Simona (2010) 'Post-colonial South Asia: Religion and Society.' In: Johnson, W. J. and Hegarty, J., (eds.), Oxford Handbok of Hindu Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming)

Vittorini, Simona (2009) 'La locomotiva asiatica per una nuova cooperazione Sud-Sud [Asian Drivers - South-South Cooperation in the 21st Century].' In: Calchi Novati, Gian Paolo, (ed.), Asia. Una transazione sostenibile. Roma: Carocci. (Asia Major)

Vittorini, Simona (2009) ''This is our India'. I documentari della Films Division e la costruzione della nazione indiana.' In: Casci, Simonetta, (ed.), L'India nel cinema : democrazia e cinema nell'India di Nehru. Turin, Italy: UTET, pp. 134-152. (Studi Sociali)

Vittorini, Simona (2008) 'India’s States: Differences and Similarities in a Developing Country.' In: Asia Major. Carocci.

Vittorini, Simona (2004) 'Travels and Collections as Metaphors of Colonial Domination.' In: Bresciani, Edda and Betrò, Marilina, (eds.), Egypt in India. Egyptian Antiquities in Indian Museums. Pisa University Press, pp. 21-33. (Progetti; 2)

Vittorini, Simona (2001) 'India’s XIII Lok Sabha Electoral Campaign.' In: Cultural and Political Identities in India. Pavia: Facoltà di scienze politiche dell'Università di Pavia; Milano: A. Giuffrè. (Quaderni della rivista "Il Politico"; n. 47)

Vittorini, Simona 'Media, Democracy and Development in India. An Analysis of the Documentaries of the Film Division of the Ministry of the Information and Broadcasting.' In: Casci, Simonetta, (ed.), Nehru's India. UTET. (Forthcoming)

Articles

Vittorini, Simona (2002) 'Party Symbolism and Elections in India.' Quaderni di Scienza Politica, 2 (3). pp. 555-611.

Simona, Vittorini 'The Two Yoked Bullocks, The Ladder And The Lamp. India’s Electoral Symbols As Vehicles Of National Identity.' Nations and Nationalism . (Submitted)

Book Reviews

Vittorini, Simona (2008) 'Review of Srirupa Roy, 'Beyond Belief: India and the Politics of Post-colonial Nationalism'.' Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 8 (2). pp. 369-371.

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