Dr Monica Sassatelli

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer
Department Sociology
Email m.sassatelli (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 2202
Dr Monica Sassatelli

Dr Monica Sassatelli joined the Department in September 2010; prior to that she was a Research Fellow at Sussex University (2008-2010), working on the project Art Festivals and the European Public Culture and before moving to the UK I taught sociology in a number of Italian universities and held a post-doctoral Jean Monnet Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence.

Academic qualifications

Laurea (BA Hons) in Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna; MA in Modernism, Gender and Postmodernism, University of East Anglia; PhD in Sociology, University of Parma.  She is currently a Lecturer in the Department and Co-Director of the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR).


Dr Monica Sassatelli co-convenes the BA Media and Sociology Programme with Liz Moor (Media and Communications). She contributes to core courses at both BA and MA level and convene options in her area of research: ‘Art & Society’ (BA Option) and ‘Cultural Policy and City Branding’ (MA Option). Previously, she has convened the MA Programme Critical and Creative Analysis between 2010-2012.

Areas of supervision

She welcomes applications from prospective research students wishing to work in any of my areas of teaching or research.  Currently she is co-supervising (with Nirmal Puwar) Felipe Palma, working on ritual festivities in the Atacama, Chile.

Research Interests

Cultural identity, European cultural policies (and cultural politics), the city (in Europe and global), leisure, landscape and place, experience, aesthetics, art worlds, festivals, culture industries, museums and exhibitions.



Sassatelli, Monica . 2009. Becoming Europeans: Cultural Identity and Cultural Policies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-53742-2

Edited Book

Sassatelli, Monica ; Delanty, Gerard and Giorgi, Liana, eds. 2011. Festivals and the cultural public sphere. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415587303

Sassatelli, Monica , ed. 2006. G. Simmel, Saggi sul paesaggio [Essays on Landscape]. Roma: Armando. ISBN 8883589602

Book Section

Sassatelli, Monica . 2015. Europe, cosmopolitanism and the postcolonial biennale. In: S. Ponzanesi and G. Colpani, eds. Postcolonial Transitions in Europe. Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN 9781783484454

Sassatelli, Monica . 2015. The biennalization of art worlds: the culture of cultural events. In: L. Hanquinet and M. Savage, eds. Handbook of The Sociology of Art and Culture. London: Routledge. ISBN 9780415855112

Sassatelli, Monica . 2015. Festivals, urbanity and the public sphere: reflections on European festivals. In: C. Newbold; C. Maughan; J. Jordan and F. Bianchini, eds. Festivals in Focus. Contemporary European case studies and perspectives. Oxford: Goodfellow. ISBN 978-1-910158-15-9

Sassatelli, Monica . 2015. Narratives of European Identity. In: I. Bondebjerg; E.N. Redvall and A. Higson, eds. European Cinema and Television: Cultural policy and everyday life. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave. ISBN 978-1-137-35688-8

Sassatelli, Monica . 2015. Visual art festivals and globalisation: the rise of biennials. In: C. Newbold and J. Jordan, eds. Focus on World Festivals. Contemporary case studies and perspectives. Oxford: Goodfellow. ISBN 978-1-910158-15-9

Sassatelli, Monica . 2012. Europe’s Capitals of Culture. From Celebration to Regeneration, to Polycentric Capitalization. In: Kiran Patel, ed. The Cultural Politics of Europe European Capitals of Culture and European Union since the 1980s. London: Routledge, pp. 55-71. ISBN 978-0-415-52149-9

Sassatelli, Monica . 2012. Festivals, Museums, Exhibitions: Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism in the Cultural public Sphere. In: Gerard Delanty, ed. Handbook of Cosmopolitan Studies. London: Routledge, pp. 233-244. ISBN 978-0-415-60081-1

Sassatelli, Monica . 2011. Urban Festivals and the Cultural Public Sphere: Cosmopolitanism between Ethics and Aesthetics. In: Gerard Delanty; Liana Giorgi and Monica Sassatelli, eds. Festivals and the Cultural Public Sphere. London: Routledge, pp. 12-28. ISBN 9780415587303


Sassatelli, Monica . 2017. ‘Europe in your Pocket’: Narratives of Identity in Euro Iconography. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 25(3), pp. 354-366. ISSN 1478-2804

Sassatelli, Monica . 2017. Symbolic Production in the Art Biennial: Making Worlds. Theory, Culture & Society, 34(4), pp. 89-113. ISSN 0263-2764

Sassatelli, Monica . 2010. Europe, Identity Thefts and Missed Renaissances. An Interview with Jack Goody. European Journal of Social Theory, 13(4), pp. 539-548. ISSN 1368-4310

Sassatelli, Monica . 2010. European Identity between Flows and Places: Insights from Emerging European Landscape Policies. Sociology, 44(1), 67 -83. ISSN 0038-0385

Sassatelli, Monica . 2008. Europe, authenticity and unavailable identities. An interview with Alessandro Ferrara. European Journal of Social Theory, 2011(3), pp. 421-437. ISSN 1368-4310

Sassatelli, Monica . 2008. The European Cultural Space in the European Cities of Culture: Europeanization and Cultural Policy. European Societies, 10(2), pp. 225-245. ISSN 1461-6696

Sassatelli, Monica . 2007. The Arts, the State and the EU: Cultural Policy in the Making of Europe. Social Analysis, 51(1), pp. 28-41.

Sassatelli, Monica . 2002. Imagined Europe. The shaping of a European cultural identity through EU cultural policy. European Journal of Social Theory, 5(4), pp. 435-451.

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