E.C.Co. Faculty

Gian Mario CAO

Gian Mario Cao


Gian Mario Cao is an intellectual historian whose interests lie at the intersection of the history of ideas and the history of the classical tradition. More

History of Science in Italy from the Late Middle Ages to the Enlightenment

Francesco Ceccarelli


Francesco Ceccarelli holds a Ph.D. from the University of Florence. He teaches architectural history at the University of Bologna. At E.C.Co., he offers a course on the urban and architectural development of Bologna. More

To Read a City: Urban History of Bologna since the Medieval Period


Lucia Corrain


Lucia Corrain is professor of Semiotics of Art in the Department of Visual, Performance and Media Arts of the Alma Mater Studiorum. More

Italian Contemporary Art: 1860-2000

Giulia Crippa


Professor Giulia Crippa was Full Professor at the University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto Campus, in the Information and Documentation Sciences course. She is an accredited doctoral and masters lecturer in the postgraduate programme in Information Sciences at ECA-USP. More

Elisabetta Cunsolo


Elisabetta Cunsolo teaches art history at the Dickinson College Center in Bologna. At E.C.Co., she offers a course on Bolognese art between the fourteenth and the seventeenth centuries. More

Renaissance and Early Baroque Art in Bologna: from Vitale da Bologna to Domenichino and Guido Reni

Di Domenico

Piero Di Domenico


In addition to offering a history of cinema course at E.C.Co., Piero di Domenico teaches at the University of Bologna’s Dams Cinema, and at the University of Ferrara. More

Cinematic Landscapes: Emilia-Romagna in the Films and Works of the great Directors

Chiara Fiorelli


Chiara Fiorelli is currently a Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Rome, La Sapienza where she teaches a course on Political Parties, Leadership and Democratic Processes. More

The Italian Political System

Giacomo Mannironi


Dr. Giacomo Mannironi graduated from the University of Bologna in 2005 and did a PhD in Literary Genres (Comparative Literature) at the University of L’Aquila (2006–2009) where he worked on the relationship between crime and novel in Italian, French and English Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-century novels, and a PhD in Italian Studies at the University of Warwick (UK) (2011-2015). More

The Disobedient, the Abnormal and the Criminal in Italian Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century


Gabriele Marchesini


An actor and theatre director with numerous experiences in all aspects of live performance, Gabriele Marchesini has directed memorable performances in children’s theatre that have surprised and delighted adult audiences as well. More

Behind the scenes


Vanessa Pietrantonio


Vanessa Pietrantonio is assistant professor at the University of Bologna. She teaches literature courses at E.C.Co. She received her doctorate in Comparative Literature in at City University of New York. More

The Pathos of the Body in Nineteenth-Century Italian Literature 


Alberto Preti


Alberto Preti has been professor of Contemporary History and History of the Welfare State at the Faculty of Educational Science at the University of Bologna University. More

Rights, Welfare, Justice: Human Rights and Welfare State in European and Italian History

Paolo Rota


Paolo Rota has received his PhD at the University of Bologna. In addition to offering courses on modern Italian narrative and on major Italian writers, such as Giovanni Verga and Luigi Pirandello. More

From Page to Stage and Back Again


Ivan Tassi


Ivan Tassi is the Director of Language Program and Curriculum Coordinator of the E.C.Co. language courses. He teaches Intensive Italian Language and Culture courses and the Writing Workshop. More

Intensive course in Lecce

Intensive Italian for academic purposes

Writing workshop


Cinzia Venturoli


Cinzia Venturoli holds a doctorate in History from the University of Bologna and has worked as a researcher there between 2008 and 2015. She has also served as the director of the Center for Documentation of Terrorism and is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Education at UniBo. More

Rights, Welfare, Justice: Human Rights and Welfare State in European and Italian History