Rachele Gusella (1994 – Rome) works at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE) on her research project Street Poetry and Socio-political Engagement in Contemporary Western Europe founded by The Research Foundation – Flanders – Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen (FWO). 


In 2021 she gained the FWO’s PhD fellowship (2021) for the research project Street Poetry and Socio-Political Engagement in Contemporary Western Europe. She is currently working at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) as a member of the Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (CLIC). 

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She obtained her master’s degree in 2019 with the highest distinction from the “Multilingual Master in Literary Studies” of the Vrije Unversiteit Brussel (BE) with a thesis entitled Street poetry and the democratisation of poetry in Italy.  

She is awarded with the Emile Lorand Prize for the Best Master Thesis in Literary Studies of the academic year 2018-2019. 


She graduated in 2017 from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (IT) from the bachelor course “Languages, Cultures, Literature and Translation” (“Lingue, Culture, Letteratura e Traduzione”) with a thesis on French-Italian comparative literature entitled Exercises in potential literature: the challenge to the reader in R. Queneau’s Exercises in style and If one winter night a traveller by I.Calvino (“Esercizi di letteratura potenziale: la sfida al lettore in “Esercizi di stile” di R. Quenenau e in “Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore” di I. Calvino”). 

In 2015 she gained a one year scholarship for an Erasmus exchange to Sweden at Centre for Languages and Literature of the Faculty of Humanities and Theology at the Lunds Universitet