Lidia Salvatori

PhD Researcher / Research Assistant



MSc Comparative and Cross Cultural Research Methods (Sociology), University of Sussex (UK)

BSc Social Sciences, University of Pisa (Italy)

BA Social Work, University of Pisa (Italy)

Research Interests:

Feminist theory, social movement studies, digital activism, queer theory, sociology of religion.

Brief Description of PhD Project:

Through an extensive digitally mediated autoethnography and a series of in-depth interviews, my research project explored the convergence of a variety of online and on the ground practices and strategies developed by Italian speaking feminists, in order to transform the discourse on gender related issues and highlight the systemic character of gender violence.

The rise of a populist far-right, the presence of neo-fascist and ultra-conservative religious groups within institutions, contributes to make the Italian context a 'privileged' vantage point in order to analyse how threats to women and LGBTQ+ rights are brought about and resisted, at a time when similar political configurations are increasingly present transnationally.

The research highlights the ambivalent role of social media, which contributes to the spreading of anti-feminist rhetoric while also enabling the creation of networks of solidarity between feminists in different countries, the travelling of ideologies and the sharing of resources across borders. The research highlights however, how preserving and constructing spaces of encounter, discussion and collective care remains central for Italian feminists.

My research invites reflections on the role of feminist mobilisation and theorisation in times of crisis of neoliberalism and ultra-conservative backlash.

PhD supervisors:

Dr Kaitlynn Mendes and Dr Pierre Monforte

Teaching assistant (2016-2020):

Seminar leader for undergraduate and postgraduate modules: Digital Media and Everyday Life, Media and Globalisation, Gender and Society, Media Research Methods, Researching Media and Public Communication, Consumer Culture and Advertising, Strategic Communication Management.

Guest lecturer: Social Justice in Practice, Gender and Society, Consumer Culture and Advertising

Research assistant:

April-July 2021: Assisting Dr Sarah Qian Gong in an exploratory study of factors and determinants of vaccine hesitancy in three developing countries.The project is supported with the International Research Development Fund, part of UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

June-July 2019 - Assisting Dr Sarah Qian Gong in a CSSAH Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange (RIKE) project investigating maternity service translation/interpretation for Chinese women in the UK.

Other activities:

Member of the Media and Gender Reading Group, Interdisciplinary Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster

Previously a member of the Athena SWAN Self Assessment group at the School of Media, Communication and Sociology and School of Business.

Conferences, workshops and roundtables:


Interdisciplinary Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster Conference (De Montfort University, Leicester): Gender and Sexuality in the Neoliberal University. Chair.


MeCCSA 2020 Conference (University of Brighton): Media Interactions and Environments. Title of presentation: Creating feminist spaces in times of anti-gender backlash: the case of the Italian movement NonUnaDiMeno.


Seminar series: Ecofemminismo e Movimenti Globali (Dipartimento di Sociologia, Università di Padova, Italy). Title of presentation: Ni Una Menos: Diritti riproduttivi e ecologia.

Interdisciplinary Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster Conference (IGSRC, University of Leicester): Feminist readings of hetero-patriarchal sexism and violence in Francophone, Italophone and Hispanophone texts and contexts. Title of presentation: From #metoo to #wetoogether: the case of the Italian feminist movement NonUnaDiMeno.


10th Enquire Conference: identity, Belonging and Activism in the 21st Century, (School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham). Title of presentation: Intersectionality in Practice: the case of the Italian feminist movement Non Una Di Meno.

Feminist Duration Reading Group (SPACE, London). Invited talk in collaboration with Dr Cecilia Sosa: NiUnaMenos: the feminist revolution wants to be happy.


Interdisciplinary Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster Postgraduate Conference (IGSRC, University of Leicester): Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: Postgraduate Perspectives. Title of presentation: Digitally mediated transnational feminism: a case study of Italian speaking feminists.

Workshop: Sex Power Love and Money: Media and sexualisation of everyday in the post-soviet spaces (School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester). Title of presentation: Transnational feminism: drawing connections between feminism in Italian and Post-Soviet spaces.

Feminist digital research methods, a roundtable organised by the Media and Communication Research Group at the University of Leicester

Event organising:

Fem*inist Organising or Organising Fem*inists? Interdisciplinary postgraduate workshop organised with Dr Claire Deschner and Dr Léa Dorion at The Exchange, Leicester.


Salvatori, L. and Mendes, K. Activism: Fighting back against rape culture in Rape: Challenging Contemporary Thinking, edited by Miranda Horvath and Jennifer Brown, Routledge (in preparation).

Salvatori, L. Artivism as empowering practice: the case of Non Una Di Meno. Book chapter in Research Handbook in Visual Politics, to be published by Edward Elgar (in preparation).

Critical commentary on Not one Less: Mourning, Disobedience and Desire by Maria Pia López in Critical Times, Interventions in Global Critical Theory, Duke University Press (in preparation).

Deschner C., Dorion, L., Salvatori, L., Prefiguring a feminist academia: a multivocal autoethnography on the creation of a feminist space in a neoliberal university in Society and Business Review, August, 2020.

Salvatori, L. (2019) ‘Lost Between the Waves’ or Riding a New Tide? Drawing Connections Between Italian and Polish Digitally Mediated Feminism in Issue 19: ‘Women and Tech in the Post-socialist Context: Intelligence, Creativity, Transgression’, Digital Icons, February, 2019.


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