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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). This research was focused on the Eighteenth Century Venetian novel, its market and its readership. He has been Early Career Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Warwick University (2015-16). Since 2008 Dr. Mannironi collaborated with E.C.Co program, teaching several Intensive Italian for Academic Purposes courses both in Bologna and Lecce.… Continue reading

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Intensive Italian for Academic Purposes

Language and Culture Ivan Tassi

MEDIOEVO1The Intensive Course of Italian Language and Culture is the first step of your university experience in Italy. It is mandatory, starts soon after your arrival in Bologna and ends when the E.C.Co. and the UniBo courses start. The Intensive Course lasts three weeks.

This course gives you the opportunity to get to know the city of Bologna through a total language and cultural immersion. The topics – the Middle Ages, Italian Opera and the Bologna Resistance – are introduced in their historical, artistic, and linguistic contexts both in class and during guided tours. The course also includes a review and practice of grammar structures.… Continue reading

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

Italian Literature    Syllabus       Giacomo Mannironi

The course focuses on the theme of disobedience from the second half of the 18th century to the opening decades of the twentieth.  Observing how literature, science and the press approach acts of disobedience to societal norms allows to us to understand by way of contrast how the ideal rules of behaviour for men and women—”the good Italian”—in the pre-and post-unification periods were defined. The texts studied in the course illustrate the birth of an ideology that sets out to establish in ever more definitive and sharp terms that which is normal and acceptable by concentrating on that which is abnormal and unacceptable.

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

History of Science    Syllabus    Gian Mario Cao

This course traces the history of Western science from the late Middle Ages to the scientific revolution from an Italian perspective. It aims to account for the transformations of scientific discourse over nearly six centuries by integrating the traditional narrative of epoch-making discoveries and advances with an exploration of the contexts within which science was not only practiced and disseminated, but also criticized and opposed.… Continue reading

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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.

His publications focus on the recovery and dissemination of Greek doxography and philosophy in early modern times (‘The prehistory of modern Scepticism: Sextus Empiricus in 15th-century Italy’, in Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 2001; ‘Diogenes Laertius‘, in The Classical Tradition, edited by A. Grafton, G. W. Most and S. Settis, Harvard UP 2010); Italian Renaissance humanism (‘Tra politica fiorentina e filosofia ellenistica: il dibattito sulla ricchezza nelle Commentationes di Francesco Filelfo’, in Archivio Storico Italiano, 1997; ‘Pico della Mirandola goes to Germany’, in Annali dell’Istituto Storico Italo-Germanico in Trento, 2004); freethinking and its critics in early eighteenth-century England (‘Freethinking, New Testament textual criticism and censorship: Anthony Collins, Richard Bentley, and the Index Librorum Prohibitorum’, in The Marriage of Philology and Scepticism.Continue reading

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

History of Art  Syllabus   Elisabetta Cunsolo

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The rich artistic patrimony of Bologna is a powerful testament to the city’s great cultural importance over the centuries. Due to its favorable location, as well as to the presence of its ancient and distinguished university, Bologna has always been recognized for its great geo-political importance as a place from which many new ideas were diffused throughout the Apennine peninsula and beyond. Often threatened from the outside and occasionally conquered, the city distinguished itself by its desire to remain autonomous and by the development of a unique artistic school indebted to the various north Italian models.… Continue reading

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Sara Iommi

Sara IommiSara Iommi received her doctorate in Cinema, Music, and Theatre from the University of Bologna. She worked as a teaching assistant for many university courses, including Analysis of Film, Documentary and Experimental Cinematography, Audiovisual Forms of Popular Culture, Writing for the Cinema and Television, History and Media. Sara’s research focused on the phenomenology of film, popular culture, and visual anthropology. She published several articles on topics such as the cinematic representation of the rural world in Italy and media education. Sara also collaborated with important Italian etnographic institutions to develop visual research on various themes, such as the feminine imaginary of the wedding, the traditional music of the north Italian Appenines, the traditional knowledge of food, and the collectors of ethnographic objects.

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Elisabetta Cunsolo

Foto Cunsolo bio1Elisabetta 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, in which she takes students to various churches, palaces, and museums to study the works of art in their original settings. After a Master degree in Art History at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, during which she specialized in the study and cataloging of Italian prints and drawings, she received her doctorate in art history from the University of Bologna in 2004. Her current research focuses on the study of the sixteenth and seventeenth-century medical book illustration, and on the history of the art and culture of Bologna during the Renaissance.Continue reading

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Gabriele Cosentino

Gabriele Cosentino holds a Laurea in Scienze della Comunicazione from the University of Bologna (2001) and a Ph.D. in Media Culture and Communication from New York University (2011). His dissertation focused on the circulation of political communication across entertainment genres on Italian television. He has published several articles in edited collections on digital media, political communications and cultural globalization, 
and has taught at New York University campuses in New York and Florence, and at John Cabot University in Rome.… Continue reading

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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 and subsequently won various grants, such as a research grant and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Bologna. She has delivered a series of lectures at the IULM University in Milan on rewriting, parody, pastiche, the modern European novel and on representations of time in Don DeLillo’s Underworld. She has also been a visiting professor of literature at Vassar College, and has taught courses on the history of literary criticism at the University of Bologna.… Continue reading

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Ivan Tassi

IVAN PROVA1Ivan 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. In 2006 he completed the doctorate in Comparative Literatures at the University of Bologna and in 2013 he obtained the license of teaching Latin and Italian Literature in high schools (TFA) at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He has published books about autobiography theory Storie dell’io (Laterza 2007) and Goldoni’s, Alfieri’s and Leopardi’s autobiographic technics Specchi del possibile (Il Mulino 2008). He has curated the edition of Silvio d’Arzo, Casa d’Altri.Continue reading

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Cultural and Social Models in Contemporary Italy

History/Human Rights  Syllabus    Cinzia Venturoli

Any understanding of the basic character and cultural models of a nation must begin with an examination of the rights that have been established and of the social pact that has been established and updated between citizens and State.

To achieve this objective, the course will focus on the history of Italy of the last 70 years to see how the construction of a democratic regime that took place in a completely new international political context created space for the affirmation of new politcal, civil and social rights; the right to full freedom of conscience; and new rights pdertaining to gender identity and the condition of migrants.… Continue reading

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

Urban Studies/History of Architecture   Francesco Ceccarelli

Based on the study of selected Italian cities in the north-central region, the goal of this course is to provide the tools to identify the historical and urban factors that have shaped the region Emilia-Romagna and its urban centers, primarily Bologna. Thanks to its well-preserved ancient historical center, Bologna lends itself to being read as a case study for understanding the city’s spatial organization, its architecture and the palimpsestual layering of the buildings constituting its patrimony. The course will alternate between a series of classroom lectures dedicated to the comprehension of diverse evolutionary phases of construction, and site visits to different aspects of Bologna’s urban fabric.… Continue reading

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Modern Italian Art: 1860-2000

History of Art     Lucia Corrain


The goal of the course is to trace a path through Italian artistic production, with a chronological span encompassing the second half of the nineteenth century through the end of the twentieth century.  The focus on Italy will be presented in close relationship with European and extra-European experiences, as contemporary art is not confined to a single geographic location.  Examined in a way that reveals their close interrelationship, the guiding threads of the course are two: the first has to do with history and the chronological evolution of artistic changes and transformations; … Continue reading

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

Film Studies     Piero Di Domenico

Italian cinema has always been concerned with landscapes, including the films of directors as Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Bernardo Bertolucci. These filmmakers, whose formative experiences took place while filming Emilia-Romagna, made its landscapes memorable in films like Visconti’s Ossessione (and its depiction of the ‘bassa ferrarese’) or the last episode of Rossellini’s Paisà (set in the delta of the Po river). PasoliniThis course centers on the filmed landscape that takes on the status of character (whether protagonist or antagonist) in a dozen films directed by filmmakers from Emilia-Romagna and which stretch from the post-WWII period to today.… Continue reading

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From Page to Stage and Back Again

Theater and Italian Society    Paolo Rota

teatri immagini 2Students will explore the offerings in theaters in Bologna and possibly in other cities. This course helps prepare students for the performances of specific plays that are on in Bologna in the Spring semester. The course unfolds in three discrete steps that correspond to its title: (1) study and discussion in the classroom of the dramatic text (if one exists, for the performance; if not, a text in relation to the subject of the performance); (2) field trips to the theater; and (3) evaluation of the performance through classroom discussion and writing assignments.

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Stefano Cavazza

Prof. Stefano Cavazza teaches “Contemporary History” (undergraduate) and “History of European Society in the Twentieth Century” (graduate) at the University of Bologna’s Faculty of Political Sciences. He is currently the director of the BA Program in International Studies and of the PhD Program in Politics, Institutions, and History.

Prof. Cavazza’s research interests include Italian and German political history, Fascism, the study of consumption and regional history. He has been a research fellow at the University of Tübingen, at the German Historical Institute in Rome, and at the Center for Contemporary History in Munich, and a visiting professor at the École de Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.… Continue reading

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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. The focus of his research is the study of the early modern and modern Italian city, from the Renaissance through Neoclassicism. He has written numerous studies on Italian architects active between the fifteenth and the nineteenth centuries, from Leon Battista Alberti to Giovanni Antolini, and has curated important international exhibitions in architectural history, such as Une renaissance singuliere. La cour des Este à Ferrare (Brussels 2003 and Ferrara 2004).… Continue reading

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Beatrice Collina

Prof. Beatrice Collina teaches in the Department of Italian Literature at the University of Bologna. Her research is focused primarily on the history of Renaissance and Baroque literature, in particular on Venetian female writers who addressed women’s issues between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Some of her articles have been dedicated to biographies of notable women from this period and to theories regarding women in the Early Modern age. A student of Piero Camporesi, Prof. Collina has written widely on Italian Counter-Reformation authors, such as Giovan Battista Marino, Arcangela Tarabotti, and Tomaso Garzoni. She has published critical editions of Garzoni’s Le vite delle donne illustri della Scrittura Sacra and La piazza universale di tutte le professioni del mondo.… Continue reading

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Lucia Corrain

Luci_Corrain_2018Lucia Corrain is professor of Semiotics of Art in the Department of Visual, Performance and Media Arts of the Alma Mater Studiorum. She graduated at the University of Bologna in Semiotica delle Arti under the supervision of Professors Omar Calabrese and Umberto Eco. She completed her doctorate in Art History discussing a thesis entitled Il quadro a lume di note (The Portrait in the Night Light). She has taught at the universities of Milano, Ravenna and Siena. Since 1998, first as a researcher and then as associate professor she has taught in the Department of Arts of the University of Bologna, where between 2001 and 2016 she also directed the Master’s Degree course in Visual Arts.… Continue reading

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Piero Di Domenico

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In addition to offering a history of cinema course at E.C.Co., Prof. Piero di Domenico teaches “Cinema and Multimedia Technologies” and “Theory and Technology of the New Media” at the University of Bologna’s Dams Cinema, and “Institutions of Cinema History” and “History of Italian Cinema” at the University of Ferrara. For the past ten years, he has served as the editorial director of the Ermitage Cinema, an Italian and French publisher of home videos of great cinematic masterpieces of the past. He is also in charge of the multimedia section of the Cineteca di Bologna, and serves as the curator of the “DVD Awards” at the annual “Il Cinema Ritrovato” festival in Bologna.… Continue reading

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Vera Fortunati

thumb_fortunati As a professor of early modern art history at the University of Bologna, Vera Fortunati has for many years worked on issues and problems in Bolognese and Emilian sixteenth-century art, researching the role and function of images between the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation, topics on which she has published numerous articles and books of international relevance. Since 1981, Prof. Fortunati has been interested in women artists, rediscovering many nearly forgotten ones – such as Caterina de’ Vigri, Properzia de’ Rossi, Lavinia Fontana and Elisabetta Sirani – in articles, monographs and international exhibitions (e.g. in Washington D.C. in 1998 and 2008). She continues to lecture actively at both public and private institutions and is the director of a publication series on art with the Editrice Compositori in Bologna.… Continue reading

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Gabriele Marchesini

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Franco Minganti

Prof. Franco Minganti teaches American literature at the University of Bologna’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
His research encompasses various aspects and cultural contexts of American literature, with a special focus on the transformations in storytelling due to the interconnectedness of literature with other branches of art, communication, and entertainment – namely radio, cinema, television, video, music, comics, and the Internet. With an extensive experience of lecturing and teaching abroad (he has lectured in the US, Australia, and various European countries, and taught at Brown University) and with American students studying in Italy, Prof. Minganti has co-authored a popular History of American Literature (in Italian), and written a large number of books and essays on literature, film, music, and comics.… Continue reading

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Alberto Preti

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Paolo Rota

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Writing Workshop

Language and Culture  Ivan Tassi


Soon after the Intensive Course of Italian Language and Culture, we will start the nine-week Writing Workshop, along with the E.C.Co and UniBo courses. This course is organized in two parts. In the first one, we read and discuss texts of various genres (stories, novels, essays) with particular attention to improve students’ oral skills. The reading is supported by workshops, with the purpose to write weekly essays on different topics (literature, art, history, cinema). In each class, we develop specific grammar and lexical topics linked to the reading texts in order to improve students’ oral and written skills.… Continue reading

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