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Giuseppe Virelli

Giuseppe Virelli received his Ph.D from the University of Bologna, where he was subsequently appointed research fellow in the Department of Arts, and has also spent time as a visiting researcher attached to the Institut national d’histoire de l’art in Paris. He is currently Adjunct Professor for the course Arte in Europa tra Ottocento e Novecento at the University of Bologna. An expert on Italian and foreign artistic movements of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – particularly in the fields of painting, the graphic arts, decorative and applied art and design – he has curated several exhibitions and published a number of essays in journals, books and catalogues concerning Symbolism, Primitivism/Expressionism, Futurism and the ‘return to order’… Continue reading

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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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Gian Mario Cao

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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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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.
She is head of the research group of the CNPq Directory BIBLIOTHECA DISCIPLINATA dedicated to studies in historical bibliography. She is a researcher in the research group of the CNPq PRACTIC – Group for the study of cultural practices and information and communication technologies. She had a post-doctoral internship at CSAC – Centro Studi e Archivio dela Comunicazione (University of Parma, Italy).… 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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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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