Dr Marta Niccolai

Dr Marta Niccolai

Honorary Lecturer


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
30th Nov 2009

Research summary

My research interests lie in migrant and refugees identity in visual and written texts. I am interested in identity, its loss and evolution, the negotiation between cultures, being 'othered'.

My interests in identity and interculturalism is the subject of the majority of my articles, and it come together in my book (2015) on contemporary intercultural and transcultural Italian theatre. The study focuses on  the stage as a space where the centre and the margin can be reconfigured through the way in which  European, refugees and immigrant actors use body and language in the interplay of cultural similarities and differences.

I have also produced a play, 'And the City Spoke'. The play focused on the relationship between refugees and the city of London and other major European cities. It was supported by the Arts Council and performed in London, Warsaw and Ferrara. 

My other research interest lies in the Anthropocene, Ecofeminism, human-non human relationship. 

Teaching summary

I convene and teach a number o BA modules that reflect my interest in Intercultural communication.  I  teach Theatre translation and Adaptation (ELCS0035), Translation and Intercultural communication (ELCS0044), and it continues in the introduction to films (ELCS0002). I also teach The migrants and refugees' journey to Europe (ELCS0005), Fashion and Black identity and Fashion and Sustainability (LITC0044). I also teach an MA module in Postcolonialism (CMII0019 Modern Literary Theory)

Since September 2018 I am the coordinator and Director of the SELCS Theatre projects. 

We bring texts to life, inviting speakers on specific subjects, such as domestic violence and infertility, as well as adapting and rewriting known plays, such as 'Yerma' by Lorca and 'Rhinoceros' by Ionesco. 


The project is sponsored by the Dean of Humanities and the Head of the European school. 


University College London
Doctorate, Doctorat | 2009
University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2009
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2003
University College London
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1999