This week, it was our great pleasure to welcome Professor Miguel Mellino, from our partner the University of Naples L’Orientale, as part of the ERASMUS Staff Exchange at LJMU. Professor Mellino is an important voice in contemporary Italian Postcolonial Studies. His research centres on the intersections between race, culture, citizenship and the history of decolonisation, and his publications include influential works on Stuart Hall and Frantz Fanon. Currently, he is also curating the Italian translation of writings by Frantz Fanon and Aimé Césaire. During his stay in the Department of English, he contributed to undergraduate teaching by giving a lecture on Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic for our Level 5 Postcolonial Writing students. Prof. Mellino, who translated Gilroy’s book into Italian, delivered an inspiring talk that focused on the politics of diaspora, racism and modernity in Gilroy’s thought. Our visiting speaker also gave a paper for our Research Seminar, titled “‘The state of the European Crisis: Neoliberalism between Biopolitics and Necropolitics.” This thought-provoking intervention offered reflections on the figure of the refugee as a product of necropolitical regimes of governmentality as well as the constituting power of humanitarian reason. Building on Edward Said’s notion of “imaginative geography”, his talk also addressed the current situation of the EU as part of the wider history of neoliberal capitalism. Prof. Mellino met with postgraduate students during his stay to discuss the current state of postcolonial studies in relation to Marxism and the rise of populism in Europe. Hosting Miguel Mellino in our Department greatly contributed to emphasising the international dimension of the university as an educational institution. Going beyond the paradigm of the nation, his reflections helped to highlight the international trajectories of English and cultural studies in an era of globalisation. We hope Miguel Mellino’s visit will generate further interest for international mobility projects among students and staff in our Department. (Dr Filippo Menozzi).