Roberto Filippello is a doctoral researcher at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. His PhD thesis investigates queer affective economies in non-mainstream fashion photography at the turn of the twenty-first century, looking in particular at the representation of queer affective states from an existential-phenomenological perspective.
His academic interests span queer theory, affect studies, continental philosophy and visual culture. He is currently working on two journal articles: the first discusses the aesthetic politics of the fashion image within the framework of a queer epistemology of the senses; the second examines the fabrication of the figure of the queer villain in fashion and film narratives from the early 2000s. He is also researching queer alchemy and utopia in the work of Italian theorist-activist-performer Mario Mieli.
Within the College of Arts and Humanities, he co-runs a queer theory reading group.