Gabriele Proglio is an Oral and Cultural Historian. His research specializations include History of the Mediterranean, mobility and borders, migration and diaspora studies, subjectivity and memory studies, postcolonial theory and decolonial thought, colonial heritages in Europe.
In 2014, he received his PhD degree in Contemporary History from the Department of History, University of Turin, defending a thesis dedicated to analyze Italian colonial imaginaries during the Italo-Turkish colonial war in Libya. In 2015, he was a visiting scholar at the University of California Berkeley. He is formerly Assistant Professor in History of the Mediterranean and History of the Arab World at the University El Manar, Tunis (2015-2018). He was a Research Associate in the framework of the ERC founded project titled 'Bodies Across Borders: Oral and Visual Memories in Europe and Beyond' which was headed by Prof. Luisa Passerini and based at the European University Institute. During the 5 years project (2014-2018), he conducted a research on oral and visual memory collecting interviews with people coming from or culturally connected with Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia on various topics such as the idea of Europe and Europeanness and memories of colonialisms.
He is author of Memorie oltre confine. La letteratura postcoloniale italiana in prospettiva storica (ombre corte, 2011), Libia 1911-1912. Immaginari coloniali e italianità (Mondadori-Le Monnier 2016). He edited several books such as Decolonising the Mediterranean. European Colonial Heritages in North Africa and the Middle East (Cambridge 2017), Border Lampedusa. Subjectivity, Visibility and Memory in Stories of Sea and Land (with Laura Odasso, Palgrave 2018). Among his recent publication: Is the Mediterranean a White Italian–European Sea? The multiplication of borders in the production of historical subjectivity (Interventions, 2018) and Silences and voices of mediterranean crossings: (inter)subjectivity and empathy as research practice (Revista Brasileira de Perquisa (Auto)Biográfica 2018).