Sara Steinert Borella

Sara Steinert Borella

Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs
Professor, Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies

Ph.D. Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA
B.A. Bates College, Maine, USA

Office: Lowerre Academic Center, North Campus, ground floor
Phone: +41 91 986 36 52
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Profile:

Professor Steinert Borella teaches in the Department of Literature and Culture and in French on a variety of topics such as migration, cuisine, travel and deception. She is the recipient of research fellowships from Brandeis University, Pacific University, the canton of Ticino and Pro-Helvetia and has been recognized for excellence in teaching, including the Pacific Northwest Conferences for Languages Award. She served as the book review editor for Women-in-French Studies from 2006-2011. Her research interests include travel writing and women travelers in Switzerland and Europe, feminism, and law and culture in their Swiss and European contexts. Her book publications include The Travel Narratives of Ella Maillart: (En)Gendering the Quest (Peter Lang in 2006) and, together with Caroline Wiedmer and Priska Gisler, The Intersections of Law and Culture (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012). She is now at work on a study of human rights, travel and migration in Switzerland. She currently serves as Dean of Academic Affairs.

2019-2020 Courses:

CLCS 248TEuropean Food Systems: You Are Where You Eat (Italy and Switzerland)FALL 2019
CLCS 360Critical Race Studies in a Global ContextSPRING 2020

Books and Edited Volumes:

Intersections of Law and Culture. Co-editor with Priska Gisler and Caroline Wiedmer. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.

Re-Conceiving Hispaniola. Special Issue of the Journal of Haitian Studies. Guest editor with Robert McCormick and Sally Barbour. Spring 2010. Volume 16.1. Santa Barbara: University of California, U.S.A.. http://www.research.ucsb.edu/cbs/publications/johs/johs1601.html

The Tavel Narratives of Ella Maillart: (En)Gendering the Quest. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.

Articles in Journals and Book Chapters:

“Humanitarian Ideals between the Wars: (Re)Constructing Switzerland through Travel Writing.” Journeys: The International Journal of Travel & Travel Writing. Emma Short, ed. Oxford: Bergbahn Journals, 2015. Forthcoming.

“Setting the Stage: Reading Law and Culture,” with Priska Gisler and Caroline Wiedmer. Introduction to Intersections of Law and Culture. Priska Gisler, Sara Steinert Borella and Caroline Wiedmer. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012: 1-13.

“Giù le mani dalla mia storia: Narrating Regional Identity Politics in Ticino.” Intersections of Law and Culture. Priska Gisler, Sara Steinert Borella and Caroline Wiedmer. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012: 102-115.

“Dall’immagine al testo: Paul Bowles e Yallah! di Peter Häberlin”, Volti d’Africa: Peter W. Häberlin. Fotografie Trans-Sahara. 1949-1952. Borellini Alessia e Gunther Giovannoni, eds. Firenze: Edizioni Giunti: 197-206.
http://www.lugano.ch/museoculture/welcome.cfm?id=F182E16A0535F4C8C1257A2300537232&cat=004005&language=en

"Literature of French-Speaking Switzerland." From Multiculturalism to Hybridity: New Approaches to Teaching Modern Switzerland. Karin Baumgartner and Margrit Zinggeler, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, 2010:114-124.
http://www.c-s-p.org/Flyers/978-1-4438-2488-0-sample.pdf

"Literature of Italian-Speaking Switzerland." From Multiculturalism to Hybridity: New Approaches to Teaching Modern Switzerland. Karin Baumgartner and Margrit Zinggeler, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, 2010:125-134.
http://www.c-s-p.org/Flyers/978-1-4438-2488-0-sample.pdf

"Una visione ticinese dell’Africa: il diario di viaggio di Emma Nodari." La Collezione Nodari: Catalogo delle opere. Gunther Giovanoni, ed. Milano: Edizioni Mazzotta, 2010:33-35.
http://www.lugano.ch/museoculture/welcome.cfm?id=24335FD0364F0D03C125770000317A31&cat=004006

"Double Narratives, Double Lives: Tracing the Story of the Family in Rousseau, the Swiss Civil Code and the Fathers’ Rights Debate." Feminist Legal Studies 17.2. (August 2009):185-204.
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10691-009-9120-y

"Travel, Gender, and the Exotic." In special issue, Littératures francophones. Mythes et exotismes à l’ère de la mondialisation. Dalhousie French Studies 86. (Spring 2009):42-53.
http://french.dal.ca/Files/0_PREFACE.pdf

"La voix des femmes en Afghanistan: Les récits de voyage d’Ella Maillart et d’Annemarie Schwarzenbach." Astrolabe. http://www.crlv.paris4.sorbonne.fr/revue_crlv/FR/Page_article_detail.php?P1=112 (Sept-Oct 2008).

"Il/legitime Väter? Rekonfigurationen von Elternschaft im politischen Diskurs um das gemeinsame Sorgerecht," with Priska Gisler and Caroline Wiedmer. In Wandel der Geschlechterverhältnisse durch Recht. Catherine Aiole, Michele Cottier et al., eds. Zurich: Dike Verlag, 2008: 237-259.

"La Voyageuse, le voyageur et le regard de l’autre: Ella Maillart et Peter Fleming à Travers la Chine." Agora 4 (2003):30-42.

"Re-Discovering the Travel Narratives of Ella Maillart." Women in French Studies 9 (2001):123-137

Work in progress:

“Why Italian-Speaking Switzerland” (working title, edited volume)
“Humanitarian Rights and Women’s Travel Literature” (working title)
Gender, Law and Narrative (in conjunction with Caroline Wiedmer)

Undergraduate Teaching Specializations: 19th and 20th -century European litearature in a comparative context; culture, class, and cuisine; mobility and exile; critical race studies; women's travel writing; French and Francophone women's writing; all levels of French language culture.