Silvia Ross (BA U of Toronto; MA, PhD Johns Hopkins Univer- sity) is Senior Lecturer (equiv. to Associate Professor) and Head of Italian and former Associate Dean and Head of the Graduate School of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Scienc- es, University College Cork. Her research concentrates on the representation of central Italy in modern and contemporary lit- erature, the subject of her monograph, “Tuscan Spaces: Literary Constructions of Place” (U of Toronto P, 2010) and of her current research project entitled “Subverted Sites: Textual Representa- tions of Conflict in Tuscany”. She has published in a number of scholarly journals and has co-edited the volumes “Rappresentare la violenza di genere. Sguardi femministi tra critica, attivismo e scrittura” (Mimesis, 2018); “Identity and Conflict in Tuscany” (Firenze University Press, 2015); “Mediterranean Travels: Writ- ing Self and Other from the Ancient World to Contemporary Soci- ety” (Legenda, 2011) and “Gendered Contexts: New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies” (Peter Lang, 1996).