The Afrikaner. A Novel

The Afrikaner (Guernica Editions) is a transcultural novel by Arianna Dagnino set in Southern Africa between Johannesburg, Cape Town, the Kalahari Desert and Zanzibar. It starts as an urban thriller, it develops into a road adventure, it acquires the tones of a scientific novel and it ends on a metafictional note.

More succinctly, The Afrikaner is a fiction on South Africa and the destiny its Black, Coloured and White tribes have historically shared and will continue to share under the African sky.

Read the synopsis of the book here:

Document: The Afrikaner. A Novel

Flamenco, transculturality and the diasporic soul

We can think of flamenco as a long, diasporic journey in search of our lost, unknown, or imagined "home." And we can think of ourselves – performers or spectators on the global canvas – as wanderers moving along the most intimate routes of time and memory. While flamenco reflects the pain, suffering, and uncertainty of nomadic and migrant life, it is also endowed with a strong redemptive and transformative power. Flamenco's interpretive and cathartic nature thus expresses both the suffering and the triumph of simply being alive" – Dr. Arianna Dagnino


Transcultural Writers and Novels in the Age of Global Mobility

In Transcultural Writers and Novels in the Age of Global Mobility, Arianna Dagnino analyzes a new type of literature emerging from artists’ increased movement and cultural flows spawned by globalization. This “transcultural” literature is produced by authors who write across cultural and national boundaries and who transcend in their lives and creative production the borders of a single culture. Dagnino’s book contains a creative rendition of interviews conducted with five internationally renowned writers—Inez Baranay, Brian Castro, Alberto Manguel, Tim Parks, and Ilija Trojanow—and a critical exegesis reflecting on thematical, critical, and stylistical aspects. "In this thought-provoking study, Arianna Dagnino is concerned to identify a cohort of writers who, in the ease with which they move between domiciles, languages and cultures, find themselves ahead of the pack in expressing a newly emergent transcultural sensibility. In a series of interviews, intercut with her own diary entries and treated to a light process of fictionalization – which is brought off with a novelist’s skilled hand – five writers present their reflections on their genesis, their present situation, and their future aims in a more and more globalized world, reflections which are never less than interesting and are often far-sighted. Their comments are in turn interrogated by Dagnino and set in a wider framework of transcultural theory. Transcultural Writers and Novels in the Age of Global Mobility is a significant contribution to a growing body of work on the metamorphosis of literary culture in times of dissolving cultural boundaries." – Nobel Laureate J M Coetzee, The University of Adelaide


The first in the classroom? The Asian students, but...

Asian competition starts from the school desks. It's a sign of the times.

Document: Asian education, students and Kumon centres.pdf

Transculturalism and contemporary creative writing
Reflections of a global nomad...

How a new generation of nomadic writers are expressing an emerging and growing transcultural sensibility in their works Please join us for a presentation & lively discussion facilitated by DR. ARIANNA DAGNINO, author novelist, independent journalist, literary translator and cultural analyst DATE & TIME: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:15pm LOCATION: Istituto Italiano di Cultura 500 - 510 West Hastings St., Vancouver REFRESHMENTS: Complimentary coffee and cookies ADMISSION: Admission is free RSVP: by April 16th (space is limited, pre-registration is strongly recommended) Dagnino’s analysis of the emergence of a transcultural sensibility (the freedom of every person to live on or beyond the border of one’s inborn culture) as evidenced in contemporary creative writing will be interspersed with readings from her notebooks as foreign correspondent in the former Soviet Union, the Amazon, China, Zambia, Israel and Australia. Arianna Dagnino holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of South Australia and a Master’s Degree in Foreign Literatures from the University of Genoa. She has published a transcultural novel, Fossili (Rome: Fazi, 2010), inspired by her four years in South Africa, and several books on the impact of socio-techno globalization. She is currently an ethnographic researcher at Future Concept Lab ( http://www.iicvancouver.esteri. it/IIC_Vancouver

Quebec Election. The shadow of a secessionist turnaround

The elections in Quebec this coming Sunday might be the first step toward a renewed attempt of a secessionist push by the Canadian francophone province.

The Power of Vancouver is its ability to attract talent
Nova 24/Il Sole 24 Ore

Although Vancouver is far from the other two Canadian hubs (Toronto and Waterloo), it benefits from a series of cultural traits that make it fertile ground for innovative initiatives. Thanks to its image of “alternative” city and its relatively mild climate, Vancouver attracts talents, most of all young, from the rest of Canada as well as from the rest of the world (in particular Asia). It's not by chance that this city scores second – only after Silicon Valley – in the Global Startup Ecosystem Index related to the “mindset” parameter; while it scores fourth for the "talent" parameter. Taking into account Vancouver's peculiarities, the organizers of Ted Conference have decided to move their event from Silicon Valley to the coast of Brititish Columbia, starting from its 30th edition (March 2014). See more at:


What is nomadism? SBS Radio interview with Arianna Dagnino

Writer and journalist Arianna Dagnino has contributed to the theoretical definition of neonomadism in her book "I Nuovi Nomadi", published in 1996. She has also experienced first-hand the joys and sorrows of a mobile life. We have asked her some early impressions about the new country (Canada) in which she has relocated and a comparison with the country she has just left (Australia).


Global Mobility, Transcultural Literature, and Multiple Modes of Modernity
Transcultural Studies Journal

This article discusses how, in this liquid age, patterns of mobility affect cultural orientations, sensibilities, and, consequentially, creative (literary) expressions. It also suggests that the cultural products of the present era, and in particular those transcultural literary works interested in the interactive and dialogic dynamics between and across cultures, need to be analysed through a transcultural perspective.

Document: Dagnino-Transcultural Studies.pdf

If oil passes through paradise
D di Repubblica

In British Columbia, not far from Alaska, there lies an uncontaminated natural Eden. Now projects for a new oil pipeline from Alberta might open its water areas – a primordial refuge for bears, salmon, sea wolves and whales – to big oil tankers en route to China. And the possibility of a new dramatic Exxon Valdez-like disaster looms over the horizon.


Our work is about
(check the colour):


  • Articles
  • Profiles
  • Reportages
  • Foreign correspondent activity


  • Ad hoc projects
  • In-Company expericence


  • Speeches
  • Courses
  • Seminars
  • Workshops


  • Books and Essays
  • Editing and translations
  • Tv producing
  • Reports
  • Studies