Nadia Bartolini

Nadia Bartolini

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Dr Nadia Bartolini

Research Associate


My research revolves around three strands.

The first is the idea of memory and the various ways in which both tangible and intangible heritage gets transmitted and passed down. I am particularly interested in cities, and the processes and values placed upon the past. My PhD thesis looked at the co-constitution of the past and the present in Rome. It examined how the modern gets done in a city with so much past, and how the past in the underground shapes the city’s present. I investigated these questions by considering a geological analogy first used by Sigmund Freud in 1916: the concept of brecciation. In the current project I am involved in with Dr Caitlin DeSilvey, I am expanding my interests to rural landscapes, and the management of heritage across a series of different sites.

The second strand looks at cultural practices and processes that are hidden or underplayed, such as the presence of the occult and alternative spiritualities outside of mainstream religion, and how these interact with issues of care and wellbeing. Prior to undertaking PhD studies, my Master’s explored the representation of New Orleans in Anne Rice’s 'The Vampire Chronicles'.

The third strand stems from over ten years’ experience working in Aboriginal research and policy in the Canadian federal government. I continue to be interested in the areas of Aboriginal rights and land claims, legacy and history, and the relationship between First Nations and local communities.

Research interests

  • Urban cultures
  • Materiality and the built environment
  • Heritage, memory and identity
  • Spirituality, belief systems and wellbeing
  • Aboriginal heritage and land claims

Current projects


2011 PhD in Geography (Open University)
2003 MA in Geography (University of Ottawa)
1997 BA in Geography (University of Ottawa)

Contact details

Building Environment and Sustainability Institute
Room TBC
Address University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Cornwall TR10 9FE