Author’s Bio

Arianna Primissimo Piano (Agosto 2014)

Arianna Dagnino’s cultural and professional experience crosses many borders and five continents. Born in Genoa, Italy, she studied in London, Moscow and Boston before entering journalism and international reporting, which led her to spend several years in Southern Africa and Australia and travel across China and the Middle East (see her travel website,

She currently lectures in Italian Studies and conducts research in the fields of Transcultural Studies, Translation Studies and Film Adaptation at the University of British Columbia  after earning a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of South Australia and a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Ottawa/School of Translation.

She has published books – both in Italian and English – of fiction and creative nonfiction, as well as on digital technologies, global mobility and transcultural flows. Among them, Transcultural Writers and Novels in the Age of Global Mobility (Purdue UP, 2015), Fossili (Fazi Editore, 2010), Jesus Christ Cyberstar (Ipoc, 2009/2004), Uoma (Mursia, 2000) and  I nuovi nomadi (Castelvecchi, 1996).

In 2019 she published the novel The Afrikaner (Guernica, Toronto, 2019;, which is inspired by the five years she spent in South Africa as an international reporter. Together with her colleague Dr. Ernest Mathijs at UBC Dagnino has also worked on a film adaptation of her novel.

Dagnino is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada and the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia. She holds Italian, Australian and Canadian citizenship.

Settler in Vancouver on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Contact:  arianna.dagnino at ubc dot ca  or adagnino at uottawa dot ca

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