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Elena Emma Sottilotta is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council scholarship and the Vice-Chancellor’s Award. Her research interests hinge on folklore and fairy-tale studies, comparative literature and creative approaches to language learning. A Fulbright alumna, she has been working as an English and Italian language teacher and as a linguistic facilitator for immigrants. She is a regional representative for SolidariTee, a student-led project that raises awareness about the refugee crisis, and works as a PhD tutor for The Brilliant Club, a UK-based charity which aims to widen access to highly selective universities for underrepresented young students.

In recent years, in conjunction with the steadfast advance of far-right nationalistic ideologies, the so-called ‘’refugee crisis’’ has been repeatedly