Researchers at UCD

Selena Daly

Lecturer In Italian Studies

School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics



I am an Italianist and cultural historian, specializing in the history, culture and literature of late 19th and early 20th century Italy. My primary areas of research are in Italian Futurism (1909-1944) and the cultural history of the First World War, particularly in Italy. I also conduct research in the areas of European avant-garde movements, Italian modernism, digital humanities, post-Unification Italian literature (1860-1900), and translation studies. 

I have published numerous journal articles and book chapters on my research. My monograph, Italian Futurism and the First World War, was published by University of Toronto Press in 2016.

I have delivered invited presentations on my research at University of California, Los Angeles (keynote lecture); University of Oxford, California State University, Long Beach, University of Edinburgh, and Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento. I have delivered invited public talks on my work at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in London and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.
In 2014/15, I was a Fulbright Scholar and ELEVATE: Irish Research Council International Career Development Post-Doctoral Researcher (co-funded by Marie Curie Actions) at the Department of French and Italian, University of California, Santa Barbara.  I previously held research and teaching positions at University College Dublin (School of History) and Manchester Metropolitan University (School of Languages).
I am on the Editorial Committee of the International Yearbook of Futurism Studies (
I am an Associate Editor of the journal First World War Studies.  

I am currently co-organizing a conference at UCD in September 2017 entitled 'Dictators and Degenerates: Modernism, Fascism, and the Pursuit of Culture'. I was a co-organizer of the International Society for First World War Studies Conference, entitled 'Landscapes of War' at the Universities of Trento and Padua in September 2015. 
I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Italian Studies, and am involved in various initiatives to support recruitment into the discipline and career development for PhD students and early-career researchers. 
For my work supporting recruitment, please see
For my work supporting PhDs and early-career researchers, please see


Honours and Awards

Year: 2016.
Title: National University of Ireland Publication Grant
Year: 2014.
Title: New Foundations Award
Year: 2014.
Title: Elevate: International Career Development Fellowship
Year: 2014.
Title: Getty Research Institute Library Grant
Year: 2014.
Title: Fulbright Scholar
Year: 2013.
Title: Royal Irish Academy Mobility Grant
Year: 2012.
Title: Post-Doctoral Fellowship (two years) Irish Research Council
Year: 2007.
Title: PhD Travelling Studentship in the Humanities (three years) National University of Ireland
Year: 2007.
Title: PhD Scholarship (three years) Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Year: 2007.
Title: PhD Funding, Italian Government / Ministero degli Esteri


Association: Association for the Study of Modern Italy, Function/Role: Member
Association: North-East Modern Languages Association, Function/Role: Member
Association: American Association of Italian Studies, Function/Role: Member
Association: International Society for First World War Studies, Function/Role: Member
Association: Society for Italian Studies, Function/Role: Member of Executive Committee

Conference Contributions

Selena Daly (2017) The Shifting Identities of the Futurists at War. [Invited Oral Presentation], Mobilizing Identities/Identities in Motion through the First World War, University of Edinburgh , 11-MAY-17 - 12-MAY-17.
Selena Daly (2016) Response to paper delivered by Sante Lesti. [Invited Oral Presentation], International Society for First World War Studies, ¿War Time¿ Conference, University of Oxford , 15-NOV-16 - 18-NOV-16.
Selena Daly (2015) Italian soldiers¿ identities during the Great War. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Lecture at The George L. Graziadio Center for Italian Studies, California State University, Long Beach, California State University, Long Beach , 18-MAR-15 - 18-MAR-15.
Selena Daly (2015) The Failure of Futurist Interventionism, 1914-1915. [Invited Oral Presentation], Association for the Study of Modern Italy ¿Italy in the Great War¿ Conference, University of Oxford , 14-OCT-15 - 16-OCT-15.
Selena Daly (2015) Futurist Non-Belligerence in the Interventionist Period. [Keynote Address], La Guerra e l'Italia: Italian Identities Through War, University of California Los Angeles , 23-JAN-15 - 24-JAN-15.
Selena Daly (2014) The apocalypse, Futurism, and the First World War. [Invited Oral Presentation], La Grande Guerra come Apocalisse Conference, Italo-Germanic Historical Institute, Trento , 13-OCT-14 - 16-OCT-14.
Selena Daly (2017) The Returning Reservists: Examining Migration from the United States to Italy during the Great War. [Oral Presentation], With Italy in their Baggage: Migration, Circulations, and Italianness in the 19th-21st centuries, Musée National de l¿Histoire de l¿Immigration, Paris , 15-JUN-17 - 17-JUN-17.
Selena Daly (2016) The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milan: Hybrid Space, Contested Space, 1860-1910. [Oral Presentation], Milan: Crossroad of Culture Conference, Università degli Studi di Milano , 15-SEP-16 - 16-SEP-16.
Selena Daly (2015) Centres and Peripheries of Italian Futurism, 1909-1944. [Oral Presentation], North East Modern Languages Association Conference, Ryerson University Toronto , 20-MAY-15 - 25-MAY-15.
Selena Daly (2015) A Distant Reading of F.T. Marinetti¿s Writings, 1909-1918. [Oral Presentation], American Association of Italian Studies Conference, University of Colorado, Boulder , 17-MAR-15 - 20-MAR-15.
Selena Daly (2013) Futurists at the Front: War Art of the Italian Avant-Garde. [Oral Presentation], War in the Visual Arts Conference, University College Cork , 18-SEP-13 - 20-SEP-14.
Selena Daly (2013) Futurist War Noises: Confronting and Coping with the First World War. [Oral Presentation], Society for Italian Studies Biennial Conference, University of Durham , 03-JUL-13 - 12-JUL-13.
Selena Daly (2012) Futurist Landscapes of War in Trentino. [Oral Presentation], The Great War in Italy: Representation and Interpretation, University of Oxford , 18-APR-12 - 18-APR-12.
Selena Daly (2012) Representing the Borderlands: Italian Futurists and the Trentino (1914-1916). [Oral Presentation], War and Memory: artistic and cultural representations of individual, collective and national memories in twentieth-century Europe at war, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw , 12-SEP-12 - 14-SEP-12.


Committee : Society for Italian Studies Executive Committee


Employer: University of California, Santa Barbara
Position: Fulbright Scholar
Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Post-Doctoral Researcher
Employer: Manchester Metropolitan University
Position: Lecturer in Italian


Year 2010 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject: Italian Studies



Outreach Activities

I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Italian Studies, and am involved in various initiatives to support recruitment into the discipline in the UK and Ireland. 
For my work supporting recruitment, please see
Between 2010 and 2012, I was the Schools Liaison Coordinator for the Department of Languages at Manchester Metropolitan University. I developed, managed, and delivered a full programme of events across multiple languages from primary school level to A-Level.  

Journals Edited

First World War Studies: Editorial Board member.



Selena Daly (2016) Italian Futurism and the First World War. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Available Online [Details]

Book Chapters

Selena Daly (2016) 'Affrontando l¿apocalisse. Marinetti, il futurismo, e la grande guerra' In: Marco Mondini (eds). La guerra come apocalisse. Interpretazioni, disvelamenti, paure. Bologna: Il Mulino. , pp.113-126 [Details]
Selena Daly (2018) 'Futurism and the Avant-Gardes' In: Vanda Wilcox (eds). Handbook of Italy in the First World War. Leiden: Brill. [Details]
Selena Daly (2017) 'Futurism and Ireland' In: Günter Berghaus (eds). Handbook of International Futurism. Berlin: De Gruyter. [Details]
Selena Daly (2013) 'Le Roi Bombance: The original Futurist Cookbook?' In: Elza Adamowicz and Simona Storchi (eds). Back to the Futurists 1909-2009. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Link to full text [Details]
Selena Daly (2013) 'Egoistic and Altruistic Suicide in the writings of F.T. Marinetti pre- and post-Futurism' In: Paolo L. Bernardini and Anita Virga (eds). Voglio morire! Suicide in Italian Literature, Culture and Society, 1789-1919. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. , pp.215-228 [Details]
Selena Daly (2012) 'Translation and Transformation: F.T. Marinetti's Le Roi Bombance and Re Baldoria' In: Selena Daly and Monica Insinga (eds). The European Avant-Garde: Text and Image. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Details]

Edited Books

Selena Daly, Monica Insinga (Ed.). (2012) The European Avant-Garde: Text and Image. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Selena Daly (2016) 'Ennio Valentinelli: A Forgotten Futurist'. Modern Language Notes, 131 (2):139-156. [Details]
Selena Daly (2016) 'Arrigo Boito's legacy to Futurism: The influence of Re Orso on Filippo Tommaso Marinett's Le Roi Bombance'. Romance Studies, . [Details]
Selena Daly (2015) 'Mary Swanzy (1882-1978): A Futurist Painter from Ireland'. International Yearbook of Futurism Studies, 5 (Women Futurists) :70-86. [Details]
Selena Daly (2015) 'The Construction of the Futurist Wartime Hero: Futurism and the Public, 1915-1919'. Annali D'Italianistica, 33 :205-221. [Details]
Selena Daly (2013) 'Enhancing employability skills through the use of film in the language classroom'. Language Learning Journal, . Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Selena Daly (2013) 'Futurist War Noises: Confronting and Coping with the Sounds of the First World War'. California Italian Studies, :1-16. Link to full text [Details]
Selena Daly (2013) 'The Futurist Mountains: F.T. Marinetti's experiences of mountain combat in the First World War'. Modern Italy, . Link to full text [Details]
Selena Daly (2012) 'Arrigo Boito e Filippo Tommaso Marinetti tra il Reale e l'Ideale'. Otto/Novecento, . Link to full text [Details]
Selena Daly (2010) 'From Symbolism to Futurism: Poupées Électriques and Elettricità'. Rivista di Studi Italiani, . Available Online Link to full text [Details]

Book Reviews

Selena Daly (2016) Interventiste nella grande guerra: assistenza, propaganda, lotta per i diritti a Milano e in Italia (1911¿1919), by Emma Schiavon. Book Reviews [Details]
Selena Daly (2013) The History of Futurism: the protagonists, precursors, and legacies, eds. Geert Buelens, Harald Hendrix, and Monica Jansen. Book Reviews [Details]
Selena Daly (2012) Marco Bellocchio: The Cinematic I in the Political Sphere, by Clodagh Brook for Italian Studies, vol. 67, no. 1. Book Reviews [Details]
Selena Daly (2009) Benedetta Beatrice. Nomi femminili e destini letterari¿ by Giusi Baldissone for The European Legacy: Towards New Paradigms, Vol. 14, No. 7, (Special Issue: Italian Futurism between Tradition and Modernization). Book Reviews [Details]
Selena Daly (2009) Avanguardia e tradizione. Saggi su Mario Verdone¿ by Roberto Salsano for Annali d¿Italianistica, Vol 27, 2009, (A Century of Futurism 1909-2009). Book Reviews [Details]


Research Interests

My primary areas of research are in Italian Futurism (1909-1944) and the cultural history of the First World War, particularly in Italy. I also conduct research in the Italian modernism, post-Unification Italian literature (1860-1900), digital humanities, and translation studies. 

I would welcome inquiries from prospective Masters and PhD students interested in pursuing postgraduate research in topics related to my research interests. 

Research Projects

Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : TRANSIT: Transnationalizing the Italian First World War Experience: Migrations, Military Encounters, and Cultural Mobilization
Start Date / End Date : 30-JUN-16 / 29-MAR-17
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : OBRSS Research Support Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-16 / 31-OCT-19
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Managing the movement: The Group Dynamics of Italian Futurism, 1909-1944
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-14 / 30-SEP-17
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Futurism under fire: The Italian Avant-Garde and the First World War
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-14 / 30-NOV-14
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-13 / 31-OCT-14
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Futurism at the Frontier
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-12 / 30-SEP-14



External Collaborators

Digital Corpus of the Writings of F.T. Marinetti, in collaboration with researchers from the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento and Università degli Studi, Trento on ALCIDE Project