Riane Eisler is a sociologist and an American Essayist. She is a writer and a social activist who is a part of many organizations whose objective is to promote a culture and a society based upon collaboration instead of upon competition and violence. The fundamental experience of her life was the escape with her family from the nazi-invaded Austria, as a child. After taking refuge in Cuba, they emigrated to the USA, where Riane Eisler graduated first in Sociology and later in Law at the University of California. She is author of many bestsellers and articles, she holds conferences, and she has also been an international counsellor: in Germany after the invitation of Prof. Rita Suessmuth, already President of the Bundestag (the German Parliament) and of Daniel Goeudevert (Secretary of Volkswagen International); in Columbia, after the invitation of the mayor of Bogotà; and in the Czech Republic, after the invitations of Vàclav Havel (President of the Czech Republic.) She is President of the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS). She has been described as a culture historian, a “metahistorian”, a theorist of human evolutive models, and an anthropology scholar.
Bill Ashcroft is a renowned critic and theorist, founding exponent of postcolonial theory, co-author of The Empire Writes Back, the first text to offer a systematic examination of the field of postcolonial studies. He is author and co-author of twenty-one books and over 200 articles and chapters, variously translated into six languages, and he is on the editorial boards of ten international journals. He is Emeritus Professor at the University of NSW and is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Michael Ackland is Professor of English at James Cook University, Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was educated at Melbourne Grammar School, Monash University, Cologne University and the Australian National University, and taught for many years at Monash University. He has also taught and lectured widely in Europe and North America. His recent temporary positions included Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, and Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and at Tokyo University.
Author of numerous monographs, biographies and editions, among his most recent publications there are “What are men to rocks and mountains?": self-interest, civility and the unnameable in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. (2016) and Who are the biggest cannibals?: Colonial literary reckonings with the dark European Other in the Pacific region. (2016).
Antonella Riem the first graduate of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature (1981) of the University of Udine (UNIUD). In 1985 she won the prestigious international Australian-European Award Scholarship; at the Queensland University of Brisbane she obtained the title of Master in Literary Studies in 1986. At UNIUD she was the first assistant professor (1986), associate professor (1997) and full professor (2002), she was the first Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures (2007), in 2008, the first President of the Italian National Conference of the Deans for the Faculties of Foreign Languages and Literatures in Italy and a Fellow of the Interconference of all Italian Faculties. In 1998, she founded the Partnership Studies Group (PSG) of which she is President and Scientific Director. In 2018, the Center for Partnership Systems (CPS) gave her the inaugural award for research, study and divulgation of partnership studies, in particular for her monography “A Gesture of Reconciliation. Partnership Studies in Australian Literature”. She is the Director of the first A ranked international online UNIUD journal (2002) “Le Simplegadi”. From 2013 to 2017 she was UNIUD Pro-Vice-Chancellor International; from 2014-2016Deputy Vice-Chancellor; from 2016-2021, for two consecutive mandates, she was Director of DILL (Dipartimento di lingue e letterature, comunicazione, formazione e società). Form 2015 she is President of the National Association of English Studies Professors. From 2017 she is coordinator of the Foreign Languages and Literatures group, Area 10 of CUN (Consiglio Universitario Nazionale, Italian National University Counsel). From 2020-21 she is Director of the Master Partnership and Shamanism, now Master in Partnership Studies and native traditions (MaPS). In 2021 she received from the Australian Government the Honorary Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM), for significant service to Australia’s bilateral partnership relationship with Italy and to cultural exchange programs, particularly because of her plurennial scientific research and promotion of Australian literature and culture internationally. The Order of Australia (AM) is the highest honour attributed to non-Australian citizens.
Andrew Taylor is the author of more than fifteen books of poetry, the most recent being Collected Poems (Salt, UK 2004) and The unhaunting (Salt, UK 2009), which was short listed for the 2009 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. He has published much literary criticism, and written the libretti for two operas, as well as translating poetry from German and Italian. He is Professor Emeritus at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia but now divides his time between Sydney and Wiesbaden in Germany.
Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann (DPhil Oxford; PhD Cambridge, titular; MA Tel Aviv, summa cum laude) is Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages at the University of Adelaide. He is a chief investigator in a large research project assessing language revival and mental health, funded by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). He is the author of the seminal bestseller Israelit Safa Yafa (Israeli – A Beautiful Language; Am Oved, 2008), of Revivalistics: From the Genesis of Israeli to Language Reclamation in Australia and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2020), Language Contact and Lexical Enrichment in Israeli Hebrew (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), Engaging – A Guide to Interacting Respectfully and Reciprocally with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and their Arts Practices and Intellectual Property (2015), The first online Dictionary of the Barngarla Aboriginal Language (2018), and Barngarlidhi Manoo (Speaking Barngarla Together) (2019).
She is full professor of English Literature and she has been teaching at the University of Salento since 1990; she is interested in English Literature and Literatures of English-Speaking Countries. She has organized many International conferences and workshops on Literatures in English.
She promotes events and meet-ups with writers, artists and experts in the field of postcolonial literatures. She works together with study and research centers in Australia. She is Vice-president of ANDA (National Association of English Teachers). Through her years of service she has done researches in the field of English Literature, with a particular focus on romantic poetry, the victorian novel and the poetry of the early ‘900, as well as in the field of Literatures in English, in the field of which have been explored in detail the forms, the developments and the perspectives of the contemporary novel.
Among her works: "Never-Ending Stories": da The Tempest di William Shakespeare alle riletture e riscritture del grande classico nella letteratura caraibica, Lingue e Linguaggi, 2018; 'Her-stories' per una cultura di pace: Indigo, la Tempesta al femminile di Marina Warner tra passato e futuro, Le Simplegadi, 2019.
John Thieme is a Senior Fellow at the University of East Anglia (UK). He previously held various appointments at UEA and Chairs at the University of Hull and London South Bank University and has also taught at the Universities of Guyana and North London and, as an annual Visiting Professor, at the University of Turin. His books include Postcolonial Con-Texts: Writing Back to the Canon, The Arnold Anthology of Post-Colonial Literatures, Post-Colonial Studies: The Essential Glossary and studies of Derek Walcott, V.S. Naipaul and R.K. Narayan. His most recent critical book Postcolonial Literary Geographies: Out of Place was published in 2016. He was Editor of The Journal of Commonwealth Literature from 1992 to 2011 and is General Editor of the Manchester University Press Contemporary World Writers Series. His stories The Word, Himmelstein and Esmeralda, and his poems Chinese Checkers, The Slaughter, I Watch Her Write, Saraswati, and Tea-Time are among his creative work that is available online. His first collection of verse, Paco’s Atlas and Other Poems was published by Setu (Pittsburgh) in 2018. His novel The Book of Francis Barber also came out that year.
Nicholas Jose is an Australian author best-known for his fiction and cultural essays.
His seven novels and two collections of short stories include Paper Nautilus, The Red Thread and Original Face. His acclaimed memoir Black Sheep: Journey to Borroloola was published in 2002. He was general editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature (2009) and has written widely on contemporary Australian and Asian art and literature. From 2002 to 2005 he was President of Sydney PEN. He was Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University, 2009-10, and is an adjunct professor with the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. He was Chair of Creative Writing at The University of Adelaide 2005-08, where he is now Professor of English and Creative Writing.
Coral Ann Howells is Professor Emerita at the University of Reading, and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She edited The Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood (2006; revised edition 2020), co-edited with Eva-Marie Kröller The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature (2009), and co-edited with Paul Sharrad and Gerry Turcotte the final volume of The Oxford History of the Novel in English (2017). Her main areas of research are contemporary Canadian women’s fiction, ecocriticism, and literature as cultural ecology. Her many books include Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, and Contemporary Canadian Women’s Fiction: Refiguring Identities. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
5 January 1929 – 20 August 2015. Veronica Brady was an Australian religious sister who was a noted writer and academic. She was one of the first Australian religious sisters to broadcast on radio and to teach at a secular university. She was a member of the inaugural board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in the 1980s and she was an authority on Nobel Prize-winning Australian author Patrick White and wrote South of My Days, a biography of Australian poet Judith Wright.
She was on the first complete a PhD degrees on Australian literature, graduating from the University of Toronto in 1969 after completing a thesis on the writing of Patrick White.
She went to the University of Western Australia in 1972 and retired as a reader in 1994. She joined the Sisters of Loreto, and has been described as an early proponent of feminist ideals.
She published scholarly essays on many themes and various books including The Future People: Christianity, Modern Culture and the Future (1971); A Crucible of Prophets: Australians and the Question of God (1981) and South of My Days: A Biography of Judith Wright (1998).
Brady was known for being outspoken. She publicly criticised the Vatican's stance on abortion, homosexuality and contraception, was involved in the Aboriginal rights movement and the anti-uranium mining lobby as well as supporting the ordination of women as priests in the Catholic Church. We want to thank Veronica Brady for her outstanding contribution and work with the PSG since its foundation. Your work is a source of inspiration for students and scholars worldwide.
Paul Kane is an American scholar and poet. He has published eighteen books, including five collections of poems, and two in Chinese translation. His work appears in The Paris Review, The New Republic, Poetry, The New Criterion, Religion & Literature, The Kenyon Review, Verse, Wordsworth Circle, Raritan and Partisan Review. He is the poetry editor of Antipodes and serves as Artistic Director of the Mildura Writers Festival and General Editor of the Braziller Series of Australian Poets. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment
for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Bogliasco Foundation, as well as a Fulbright Grant to Australia. He holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale, an M.A. from
Melbourne University and, in 2013, was awarded an honorary doctorate from La Trobe University. He has taught at Yale University and Monash University and is currently Professor of English at Vassar College, where he also teaches in the Environmental Studies Program.
He divides his time between homes in Warwick, New York and Talbot (Vic., Australia). In 2022 he received from the Australian Government the Honorary Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM), for "significant service to literature, particularly through the promotion of
Australian arts, poetry, and emerging talent". The Order of Australia (AM) is the highest honour attributed to non-Australian citizens.
Biancamaria Rizzardi is Full Professor of the Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics at the University of Pisa, and she teaches English Literature. In 1984 she obtains a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature, Faculty of Foreign Languages, University of Bologna, with honors.
From 1984 to 1986 she follows a postgraduate course in Foreign Modern Languages and Literature, University of Urbino, Italy, with honors.
In 1985 she wins the Canadian Award Programme Scholarship for Canadian Studies, ICC. In 1986 she wins a post for Senior Lecturer of English Literature and Language, Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, University of Trento.
In 2002 she wins the national competition for Full Professors. In this role, she teaches English Literature and Literatures of the English Speaking Countries, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Department of Philology, Literatures and Linguistics, University of Pisa.
In 2017 she is member of the scientific committee of the Annual Conference of the Dicken’s Fellowship International Conference: Dickens, art and landscape.
In 2018 she is member of the scientific and organizing committee of the international Conference Multilinguismo e Traduzione: Le lingue nella genesi del testo, University of Pisa.
Héliane Ventura is professor of contemporary and Canadian literatures at the University
of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France. Her area of specialization is the contemporary short story
in the anglophone world with special emphasis on the rewriting of the canon, intermedial
relationships and the emergence of transatlantic literatures. She has contributed to the Cambridge Companion to Alice Munro, written two monographs on Margaret Atwood and Alice
Munro, directed or co-directed close to 20 volumes of essays and written more than 90 articles published in Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy, The Netherlands, The United States,
principally on women short story writers from Canada, Britain, New Zealand, South Africa
as well as on Aboriginal writers.
Peter Childs is the Professorial Lead in Engineering Design and was the founding Head of the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London. His general interests include: creativity; the application of creativity tools; mechanical and product design; robotics; rotating flow, temperature and its measurement, sustainable energy component, concept and system design.
He was formerly the director of InQbate, the HEFCE funded Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Creativity, director of the Rolls-Royce supported University Technology Centre for Aero-Thermal Systems and a professor at the University of Sussex.
His roles at Imperial include: Professor at Large for the Innovation Design Engineering double masters degree at the Royal College of Art and Imperial; as well as active roles with a number of companies including Q-Bot Ltd (Founder Director), and Strategy Foresight.
Among the journal articles he contributed to are included: A Data-Driven Text Mining and Semantic Network Analysis for Design Information Retrieval, 2017; and Future aircraft cabins and design thinking: optimisation vs. win-win scenarios, Propulsion and Power Research, 2013.
Renate Brosch held the chair of English Literature at Universität Stuttgart. She has published books on Henry James (2000) and on short story theory (Short Story: Textsorte und Leseerfahrung. Trier: WVT 2007). Two of her edited collections are concerned with cultural mobility and Australian Visual Culture respectively (2011 and 2014). Her current research interests are in cognitive narratology and reader response (Anglistik: Focus on Reception and Reader Response, 2013). Brosch has just guest edited a special issue of Poetics Today dealing with ekphrasis in the digital age.
27 February 1946 – 17 June 2019. Armando Gnisci was Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the
Department of Italian Studies, University of Roma “La Sapienza”. He has taught literature at several European universities and around the world, including Japan, U.S.A., Brasil, Cuba and Argentina. He published and edited over thirty books, mainly within the field of Comparative Literature, which have been translated into many languages. In 2012 Professor Gnisci was elected member of the Academia Europaea (the Academy of Europe, London). Your work is a source of inspiration for students and scholars worldwide.
Roberto Albarea has been Full Professor in Education at University of Udine and is also Professor at IUSVE (The Salesian University of Venice).
His research is focused on the philosophy of Jacques Maritain and is author of monographies and articles published by international and national journals, in particular on themes regarding Philosophy of Education, Creativity, Aesthetic and Music Education, Literature in Lifelong Education, the Pedagogy of Sustainability. Amongst his publication: The Art of Partnership (co-editor: A. Riem, Udine 2003), Creatività sostenibile. Uno stile educativo (Padova, 2006), Sostenibilità in educazione (co-editor: A. Burelli, Udine, 2006), Figure della goffaggine. Educatori senza magistero (Pisa, 2008), La nostalgia del futuro (Pisa, 2012), Contributi pedagogici alla Psicologia dell'educazione (Padova, 2014), Luci peregrine, sospese, diffuse (e soffuse). Letteratura e formazione (Pisa, 2015), Tenersi nell’instabile (Pisa, 2017). He is scientific director of the journal IUSVEducation, an intedisciplinary journal on education.
Maria Bortoluzzi is an Associate Professor of English Language in the Department of Languages and Literatures, Communication, Education and Society at the University of Udine.
Maria Bortoluzzi’s research interests are in the areas of discourse studies, ecolinguistics and language teacher education (English as a foreign/second language). She has published extensively in these fields and participated in national and international projects. Her latest research work deals with the language analysis of online communities, digital resources for language teacher education and storytelling in L2. She teaches under-graduate and post-graduate courses, including PhD students and trainee teachers.
Anna Pia De Luca is associate professor of English Language at the University of Udine, where she also taught Canadian Literature and Literature of the Commonwealth; she has been delegated by the Rector to the international relationships (Canada); she is a co-founder fellow of “Oltreoceano - CILM” of the University of Udine; she is the president of the Canadian Culture Center at the University of Udine, director of CLAV - Linguistic and Audiovisual Center -, and co-director of the journal Oltreoceano, of which she is a member of the Scientific Committee as well; she has directed and directs international research programs. She edited volumes and published many essays on contemporary Canadian literature, as well as on the Italo-canadian literature of Genni Gunn, Dôre Michelut, Caterina Edwards, Marisa De Franceschi, Mary di Michele e Gianna Patriarca, published in Italy and abroad. Her interests are focused on the cultural, social and linguistic issues in the English-speaking world; varieties of English, in particular the transformations of Canadian English due to inter-culture and immigration; British female literature; contemporary Canadian female literature; Italian-Canadian diaspora and literature; migrant and ethnic literatures; multiculturalism, transculturalism and plurilinguism in Canada.
Stefano Mercanti is Research Fellow, Member of the Partnership Studies Group (PSG) and Associate Editor of Le Simplegadi. Recent publications include: The Rose and the Lotus (Rodopi, 2009) and The Tapestry of the Creative Word in Anglophone Literatures (co-editor, Forum, 2013). He is the author of the partnership glossaries for Riane Eisler's Italian editions of The Chalice and the Blade (Forum, 2011) and Sacred Pleasure (Forum, 2012) and of Ashis Nandy’s The Intimate Enemy (Forum, 2014).
Mirosława Buchholtz is Professor of English at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland, where she teaches American and Canadian literature, film adaptations of literature, life writing, and postcolonial studies. A graduate of the Jagiellonian University (Poland) and Brandeis University (USA), she has published some 100 articles, essays, and reviews, six books and 21 edited volumes. Her most recent books include Henry James and the Art of Auto/biography (2014) and Henry James’ Travel: Fiction and Non-Fiction (2019). She is former President of the Henry James Society (2017) and a member of the Polish Accreditation Committee (quality assurance agency), since 2012.
Deborah Saidero is a Researcher of English Language and Translation for the DILL, at the University of Udine.
In 1997 she obtains a four years Degree according to the old law in Foreign Languages an Literatures at the University of Udine. In 2001 she wins a PhD in Languages and Literature of English Speaking countries at the University of Bologna.
Her research interests are focused on the sectorial and literary translation; on specialistic languages; on self-translation; on translinguism; on Canadian literature; on the literatures of migration and plurilinguism; on partnership studies; and on the teaching of English to young kids (teaching of phonetics).
Among her works: Friulan Dictionary, written with G.Nazzi, Udine, Ente Friuli nel Mondo, 2000, re-printed in 2003 (work of which professor Saidero edited the part in English); and A Glance at the USA, Udine, Forum, 2002.
Igor Maver graduated and obtained his MA degree in English and French languages and literatures from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana. After the research of Australian-European literary affiliations at the University of Queensland in Brisbane he received his PhD at the University of Ljubljana in 1990. He was Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Sydney and gave a series of public lectures at various German, Italian and American universities. He is Editor-in-Chief of the scholarly journal Acta neophilologica, and on the editorial board of Journal of Language, Literature and Culture. Since 2001 he has been Professor of English and American literature in the Department of English at the Faculty of Arts (Literatures in English Chair). He teaches Shakespeare's drama, Canadian and Australian literature, and 20th century Anglophone post-colonial novel. He is Director of the American Studies Doctoral Programme at the Faculty of Arts/Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana. He has been elected a full member of the European Academy of Sciences in London in 2013.
Federica G. Pedriali is Professor of Literary Metatheory and Modern Italian Studies. She is Director of the Edinburgh Gadda Projects, Director and General Editor of the Edinburgh Journal of Gadda Studies, Chair of the Edinburgh Gadda Prize, and Director of the Italo-Scottish Research Cluster. She is also Director of Research (Department of European Languages and Cultures).
Federica has published extensively on the contemporary Italian canon and its margins, with applications in particular from Derrida and the French theorists. Her books include: Enciclopedia gaddiana, Fabrizio Serra, 2019; La farmacia degli incurabili. Da Collodi a Calvino, 2006 (Nuove Lettere Prize 2005, Runner-up Mario Soldati Prize 2006). Her biopolitical reading of WWI won the Runner-up Prize of the Marcel Proust Award, 2018. At present she is working on Italian Biopolitics from Giordano Bruno to Roberto Esposito, on the Great War and the war technologies of peace.
Doctor Krishna Barua is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences in Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India. Her Ph.D on Patrick White (1986) was one of the pioneering works on Commonwealth Literature. She has published extensively on Australian Studies both in India and abroad. Her area of study includes Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies and Translation.
Paolo Bartoloni is Established Professor of Italian Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published extensively on continental theory and philosophy, especially the works of Giorgio Agamben, Walter Benjamin, Martin Heidegger, Gianni Vattimo, and Mario Perniola, and their impact on the reception of authors such as Blanchot, Calvino, Caproni, and Svevo. His books and articles investigate temporal and spatial thresholds, stressing the inherent potentiality and interstitiality of modern art. He is currently working on the concept of thingness in European thought and art. Bartoloni is the author of Objects in Italian Life and Culture: Fiction, Migration, and Artificiality (Palgrave, 2016); Sapere di scrivere. Svevo e gli ordigni di La coscienza di Zeno (Il Carrubo, 2015); On the Cultures of Exile, Translation and Writing (Purdue UP, 2008); Interstitial Writing: Calvino, Caproni, Sereni and Svevo (Troubador Publishing, 2003); editor of Re-Claiming Diversity: Essays on Comparative Literature (La Trobe University, 1996), co-editor of Intellectuals and Publics: Essays on Cultural Theory and Practice (La Trobe University, 1997); and the thematic issue of the journal CLCWeb Ambiguity in Culture and Literature (Purdue University Press, 2010).
Saumitra Chakravarty has presented papers on gendered approaches to texts in many international seminars. Her research articles have been published in journals like Intersections of the Australian National University, in Le Simplegadi and Il Bianco e il Nero of the University of Udine, in Bells of the University of Barcelona and in Indian journals like the Atlantic Literary Review, The Literary Criterion, The Critical Endeavour and in books like The Goddess Awakened, Vignettes of Indian English
Literature, Explorations of Indian English Drama, Women’s Writing in English, Multiculturalism in Indian Drama. She has translated short stories of Bengali women writers on women’s issues in her book Three Sides of Life and is author of a volume of poetry entitled The Silent Cry and co-author of a book of essays entitled The Endangered Self.
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He is a World War II veteran married to a Holocaust survivor: internationally known author and cultural evolution theorist Riane Eisler. After WWII he became a television newsman in the Edward R.Murrow days. Leaving news to gain a doctorate in psychology, he wrote the national award-winning book that set the main themes for his life work thereafter: the application of science to human and planetary advancement, moral evolution, and social, political, and spiritual action.
Focusing on how to heal the “black and white sickness” of racism in America, for The Healing of a Nation in 1971, he received the national award earlier given to Martin Luther King and the Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal for An American Dilemma.
In the 1980s he became involved in advanced evolution research after a secret meeting of concerned scientists behind the Iron Curtain.
In the 1990s came a pivotal event for his life: he uncovered Darwin’s long ignored passionate case for moral evolution rather than survival of the fittest as the prime driver for human evolution. The key book for six written and published so far of the Darwin discovery is Darwin’s Lost Theory.We want to thank David Loye for his outstanding contribution and work with the PSG since its foundation. Your work is a source of inspiration for students and scholars worldwide.
Loredana Salis (MA, PhD) is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Sassari. Her research interests include 19th century gender(ed) narratives, exile narratives and adaptations of the canon. She has published monographs on uses of myth (2009) and stage representations of the migrant other (2010) in contemporary Irish literature, and articles on Gaskell, H. Martineau, Dickens, G. Eliot, E. O’Brien, Carr, F. McGuinness, Morrissy, and Heaney. She has translated Dickens’ theatre (2013) and W. B. Yeats’ prose (2015). She has edited Constance Markievicz’s Lettere dal carcere (2017) and is currently working on Markievicz’s political writings. In 2019 she edited a monographic issue of SIJIS, Studi irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies dedicated to the Irish Diaspora (2019), and is now working on a new translation of two plays by George Bernard Shaw in Italian. She is a Board member of ANDA (Associazione nazionale dei docenti di anglistica) and of EFACIS (European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies).
Bruno Mascitelli is a Professor in International Studies at Swinburne University. He is also a holder of Jean Monnet Chair and researches in the field of Italian migration in Australia, expatriate voting and Italian political economy. He is President of the European Studies in Australia and has just published with Assoc. Professor Marco Brunazzo from University of Trento, Italy and the European Union: A Roller Coaster Journey.
Independent researcher in the field of the world literatures in English with a particular attention to the literature produced by woman writers and to the Irish literature produced in English by women. She obtained a PhD in Literature and Language Studies at the University of Udine in 2010 with a thesis on the Anglo-Irish Lady Augusta Gregory and is a member of the Partnership Studies Group since 2007. She is currently involved in the teaching of the English language to children and in storytelling to children. Fields of interest are: 19th and 20th Century Irish Literature by woman writers, interdisciplinary studies (anthropological and mythological), the theories of the Partnership Studies by the anthropologist Riane Eisler applied to literature, Irish folklore and storytelling.
Silvia Caporale is Professor of English Studies at the University of Alicante in Spain where she teaches 19th-Century British Literature and British Cultural History. She has edited and co-edited Reconstructing Foucault: Essays in the Wake of the 80s (1994), We, the “Other Victorians” (2003), Narrating Motherhoods, Breaking the Silence (2006), with Melita Richter Teaching Subjectivity. Travelling Selves for Feminist Pedagogy (2009; Albo Versorio, 2013), and with Andrea O’Really From the Personal to the Political. Toward a New Theory of Maternal Narrative (2009). Her research topics include the literary representation of disposability and neoliberal violence.
In 1991 she obtained a Degree in English Language and Literature, Faculty of Letters and Philosophy – University of Turin, Italy, honors (cum laude). From 1993 to 1996 she won a PhD position in English Studies at the Universities of Pisa and Florence. In 2012 she won the National Scientific Habilitation (ASN) for the promotion as Full Professor in English Literature. She has dedicated a monograph, and essays and studies to the interrelation between late Victorian, Modernist British literature (V. Woolf), and Postcolonial Literature, psychoanalysis and figurative arts. Her research focused in particular on Modernist British Literature and the literatures and cultures of Canada, India, South Africa and Australia and on their most outstanding authors.
She has promoted seminars and workshops on the inter-cultural translation of postcolonial literary texts, on literature and human rights, citizenship, welfare policy and ecology. She has been publishing regularly reviews of English and postcolonial authors since 1994 for the literary journal “L’Indice dei libri del mese” and later for “Il Tolomeo”. Among her works: Nadine Gordimer’s Mondovì: Two Short Stories, 2012, for Il Tolomeo; and the monograph New Critical Patterns in Postcolonial Discourse. Historical Traumas and Environmental Issues., 2012, for Trauben.
Deandrea Pietro is an Associate Professor of English Literature in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Modern Cultures at the University of Turin.
His research and publication areas are: postcolonial, Caribbean and Black British literature; new slaveries and globalization studies; Shakespeare; William Beckford; translation studies. Recent monograph: "New Slaveries in Contemporary British Literature and Visual Arts: The Ghost and the Camp" (Manchester UP, 2015).
Irene De Angelis is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Turin. She is the author of The Japanese Effect in Contemporary Irish Poetry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and she co-edited with Joseph Woods Our Shared Japan. An Anthology of Contemporary Irish Poetry, with an Afterword by Seamus Heaney (Dedalus Press, 2007). Her publications include a monograph on W.B. Yeats’s Noh Plays (2010) and a study of Derek Mahon’s international outlook in his poetry. She has written essays and book chapters on authors as varied as Rudyard Kipling, W. S. Maugham, Aldous Huxley and Alan Bennett; Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon and Marina Carr. Her research interests include East-West Studies, Ecocriticism, Literature and the Visual Arts, the representation of ageing in Literature, and Modern Manuscript Analysis.
Pierpaolo Piciucco is associate Professor of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Modern Cultures in Turin. In 1998 he obtained a PhD in Literatures and Cultures of English Speaking Countries at the University of Bologna.
His main interests include Fiction, Literature Studies, Modern Literature, Literary Criticism, Cultural Studies and Narratology.
Among his works: Wuthering Heights As a Childlike Fairy Tale, 2006; A Postmodern Na(rra)tion of an Indian (Hi)Story: An Analysis of Arun Joshi’s The Apprentice, 2014; The Ageing Confessor and the Young Villain: Shadowy Encounters of a Mirrored Self in Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending: Representation of Age and Ageing in Anglophone Literatures, 2018.
Alessandra Di Maio teaches English Literature at the Department of Humanities at the University of Palermo. She has taught in many Universities and Institutes in the US, after obtaining a PhD in Comparative Literatures (University of Massachusetts).
She is interested in postcolonial, migratory and diasporic studies, especially in the field of African History, and she has done researches on developing African literatures in the Mediterranean sea, partially collected in the volume Wor(l)ds in progress. A study of contemporary migrant writings (2010). She translated the works of many African authors, in particular by Nuruddin Farah (Rifugiati, Meltemi, 2003) and by Wole Soyinka (Sul far del giorno, Donzelli, 2007). She has also edited the miscellaneous publication Dedica a Wole Shoynka (Thesis, 2012).
Mattia Mantellato holds a PhD (Magna cum laude and Doctor Europaeus) in English literature(s) from the University of Udine and University of Trieste, and he is now a Post-Doctoral Fellow working on the project titled “English Caribbean Literatures of the Ocean: Eco-feminist and Transdisciplinary Perspectives for a New Blue Aesthetic”. He researches and publishes in the areas of Derek Walcott’s literature, World/Postcolonial/Decolonial Literatures, Literary Theory, English Literature, Performance Studies, Dance Studies and Multimodal Studies. He is also a professional ballet dancer, choreographer and performing artist. He graduated from La Scala Ballet Academy in Milan (2005). For seven seasons, he was part of the ensemble of the National Ballet Theatre of Prague (Czech Republic). He has performed in more than 10 countries in Europe, in China (EXPO 2010), at the Biennale of Venice and at Mittelfest 2013. In 2022 he was awarded: the "AISCLI Postgraduate essay prize" for a paper he wrote on Mexican-American choreographer José Limon and his dance adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello & the 'UNIUD PhD Award' for the Humanistic Area. In 2022 he published his first monograph titled "Narrative Rewritings and Artistic Praxis in Derek Walcott's Works: Caribbean Decolonisations" (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). He has been "Honorary Visiting Research Fellow" at the University of Essex (2019) and at the University of Barcelona (2022).
Nunziana Mastrangelo graduated in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Udine in 2016 and is currently completing her master’s degree in European and International Languages and Literatures. In 2015 she conducted research on Aboriginal Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne. In 2017 she won a scholarship to study for a semester at James Cook University (Townsville) and in 2018 she was a visiting research student at the University of Queensland.
Elisa Bertoldi is full-time Research Assistant in the Department of Languages and Literatures, Communication, Education and Society at the University of Udine, Italy (2017-2020). She is also a primary school teacher of English as a foreign/second language in Italian primary schools. She is a teacher trainer and educator for pre-service and in-service courses and teaching resource developer. She published articles on technologies applied to language teaching. Her recent research work and publications deal with storytelling in English L2/FL and econarratives for language education.
Antoinette Camilleri Grima graduated B.Ed. (Hons.) from the University of Malta, and M.Sc. in Applied Linguistics and Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. She has taught and researched the area of applied linguistics with special reference to the teaching of Maltese as L1, and as a foreign language. She edited and authored books and chapters in books about the teaching of Maltese, taught Maltese in Brussels to EU translators, and authored two radio series teaching Maltese as a foreign language.
Prof Camilleri Grima has researched and published widely in the area of bilingualism in education. She is a regular invited lecturer at the University of Strasbourg, the University of Antwerp, the University of Udine, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Limerick, Ireland. She has also contributed to Gender studies by the European Institute for Gender Equality, such as A study of collected narratives on gender perceptions in the 27 EU Member States (2013).
Dr Adeline Chevrier-Bosseau holds a PhD in American Literature from the Université Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle; she is associate professor of American Literature and Dance Studies in Université Clermont Auvergne. Her research focuses on the dialogue between literature and dance; she has published several articles on 19th-century American poetry and dance, as well as articles on dance and philosophy and on contemporary ballet. Her book, Emily Dickinson du côté de Shakespeare, modalités théâtrales du lyrisme, is forthcoming at the Presses de l'Université Blaise Pascal, and she has also contributed to the new book Histoire de la danse en Occident, which is forthcoming at the Éditions du Seuil.
Marco D’Agostini obtained a Ph.D. in Multimedia Communication & MA Degree in New Media Languages and Technologies (110L). He is a director and an author of documentaries, TV programs, and movies. He is now a Researcher in AV and Pedagogical Studies at the University of Udine (Italy).
He worked with BBC-Wales in producing a 3-episodes documentary titled Away from Home (2006) and as an assistant for G. Salvatores’s movie titled Come Dio Comanda (2008). He was movie-director for several productions: Lâ vie di là – Friulani dell’est Europa (Rai3, 2010); Lingue in musica (Rai3, 2012); ControVento – Lavoro in tempo di crisi (Rai 3, 2013); and JNK (Rai3, 2013), which has been selected at the Babel Film Festival in Cagliari. Beside directing, he has researched in the field of audiovisual, and he has published edited volumes and scientific articles, including Enneagramma e personalità. Tipi e sottotipi nel personaggi dei film (Astrolabio, ed. 2012); Filmati per formare (Mimesis, ed. 2017); Carlo Sgorlon, artigiano della parola (Forum, ed. 2017) and Pierluigi Cappello, un poeta sulla pista della luce (Forum, ed. 2019). Currently, he teaches “Shooting and digital direction” and “Digital editing” at STM, University of Udine (Italy) and he is a Researcher in the field of audiovisual in pedagogy and education.
He is professor of the History, Culture and Civilities department at the University of Bologna.
He has completed his PhD in Languages, Cultures, Modern Societies and Language Sciences (English Literature) at the Ca’Foscari University, Venice.
His interests include Literatures in English from the colonial period to nowadays (focusing in particular on English Indian Literature), theories of World Literature, the relationship between anthropology and literary studies, non-fiction (travel literature, literary journalism, activist writing). He has published articles about Anita Desai, Amitav Ghosh e Robert Louis Stevenson.
Among his works: A Born-Translated Fairy Tale: Transcultural Readership and Anti-Exoticism in Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Bottle Imp” (2018), for “Altre Modernità” and Exploring the Ethnographic Encounter: an Anthropological Approach to World Literature in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide (2016), for “Il Tolomeo”.
Erika Di Bortolo Mel graduated in Cultural Anthropology and Philosophy and is a research fellow at DILL, where she is in charge of the Etnotesti Archive at the International Centre for Plurilingualism of the University of Udine. She has conducted research on the “material culture” in Friuli Venezia Giulia and on the theme of feminine in the landscape of the sacred of the region. Among her publications: Gli strumenti del focolare, in Gri G.P. (edited by), Il fare magico, Circolo culturale Menocchio, Montereale Valcellina, 2004, pp. 7-13; Maria Lactans. La Madonna del Latte in Friuli, Editrice Leonardo, Pasian di Prato, 2009; Our Lady of the Milk in Friuli. Some Implications, in Riem Natale A. et al. (eds.), Partnership id-entities: cultural and literary re-inscription/s of the feminine, Forum, Udine, 2010, pp.181-190; Imparar facendo. Occupazione femminile in montagna. Ieri, oggi, domani. Municipality of Cimolais (PN), in collaboration with the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Direction Training Work and Equal Opportunities, 2011; I mulini di Cimolais, "Lis Aganis"- Regional Ecomuseum of the Friulian Dolomites, Municipality of Cimolais (PN), 2013.
Maria Cristina Fumagalli is Full Professor at the University of Essex, at the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS). She came to Essex in 1999. She is the author of On the Edge: Writing the Border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic (2015), Caribbean Perspectives on Modernity: Returning Medusa's Gaze (2009), The Flight of the Vernacular: Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott and the Impress of Dante (2001).
Maria Cristina is currently writing her fourth monograph provisionally entitled Derek Walcotts Painters for which she has been awarded a Major Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust (2016-2019).
Maria Cristina has co-produced, with Penny Woollard, the following plays by Derek Walcott: the UK première of Moon-Child (30 April 2011), directed by Derek Walcott; Pantomime (3-5 May 2012) directed by Derek Walcott; and the World première of O Starry Starry Night (2-4 May 2013) directed by Derek Walcott and Barbara Peirson.
Piera Giacconi is a therapist that uses art, a storyteller and the holder of the narrative method through fairy-tales and of Respirazione Energetica Genesika™ in organizations and health-care. She is a Storyteller in Narrative Medicine, a certified professional KHC: n° Reg. CMN2436 - “L'Arte del Cantastorie in Medicina Narrativa”.
Moreover, she is a creativity coach through mindfulness an writing. She is the holder of a Professional study of strategic consulting, therapy and education. She also is a trainer and a teacher, a counsellor of life path and education. She is the Education and Scientific Director of the Italian School of Storytellers (UD), through which she has created an innovative and progressive method of personal and professional development. She is President of the Cultural Association La Voce delle Fiabe (UD), created in 2010.
Isabella Pers is an artist who utilizes expressive art tools such as painting, photography, installations and performances that require the audience’s participation, video-making and drawing. In her research important themes such as “observation of social, cultural and natural ecosystems, necessity of the context for dialogue, planetary crisis and fast changes due to globalization and, above all, a strong feeling of individual responsibility” converge. She is co-creator of the project RAVE East Village Artist Residency. She is a member of the jury of the Unsolicited Proposal Program 2014-2015 and of the Franchise Program 2015 of Apexart, New York. Her work has been shown internationally in various institutions, among which: RAVE, One Night Stand Gallery, Sofia; Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017 Imminent Commons, in the context of the project Architectures of Intelligence by Giuseppe Stampone, etc. She held conferences and gave lectures about her research and the RAVE project in many Universities, festivals and institutions, among which: PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea of Milan, Accademia di Belle Arti di Palermo, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan, Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Casa Cavazzini di Udine, and many more.
Tiziana Pers obtained a degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures and a PhD in Comparative Literatures at the University of Udine. She treats the theme of the other through different media, among which performative public actions, photography, video-making, installations, drawing and painting. She is creator and artistic director of the first biocentrism festival, Gaia@menTe, e co-creator of the RAVE East Village Artist Residency project.
Among her main art shows and performances: At the End of the Mirror, Italian Market, Hong Kong; I see you / M. Senatore. Costruire Comunità, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, Turin; Ahimsa, arsprima, Parma; TD, public installation NDK Lovers Bridge, Sofia; Prix-Pictet, Bagamoyo, Palais De Tokyo, Paris; White Shores, Walls of Authority, Old Police Station, London; Pandora_2: The First Supper, e.c. 53. Biennale d’Arte of Venice; Novosibirsk State Art Museum; Slovenski Etnografski Muzej, Ljubljana; TriesteContemporanea, Trieste; N.Est, Museum MADRE, Naples; Maravee/Recycle, Ud; DIFC, Dubai; Dade Public Library, Miami; Museo del Sannio, Benevento.
Alessandro Rinaldi is the founder and artistic director of DMAV social art ensemble, artistic collective born from the book "Dalla Maschera al Volto", 2009, Guerini, where Rinaldi told part of his personal and professional journey. Always balancing himself between contemporary art and anthropological investigation, Alessandro Rinaldi works on international projects seeking the growth of social communities through art and learning models centered on experience. The mind, the body, the gaze, the communities. These are his elements of work, between photographic research and performance. For over twenty years he has also been an entrepreneur with Dof Consulting, a research, training and consulting group, which he founded at the end of the nineties together with some travel companions, a group that helps people and communities to explore their potential. He then helped create the School of Process Counseling, where facilitators, trainers, consultants and relational development experts are continuously trained.
Literature Graduate, she is an Academic of the Artistic Avanguarde and a fellow of the Academy of the “i 500” for Art, Science and Culture (Rome), in quality of Academic Professor of Merit. Many renowned critics and writers have analyzed her art, which has been included in many publications and encyclopedias. Countless are the awards she gained through the years.
“My passion for archeology and for sculpture are both synthesized in real travels that research the origins of mankind and in introspective travels. In that way I reclaim dormant archetypes aimed to a deep and continuous spiritual rebirth. I do not desire to realize a nostalgic operation, but to offer a modern version of an archaic language through sculpture, talking about the deep connection of our elders with Nature and the Transcendental.”
“Concrete, which I was the first to use since the 90/80’ies, becomes a metaphor of the frail present times, compared to the power of the ancestral message carved on it and seldom emphasized by the use of natural soils.”
Yvonne Bezrucka, PhD, is Full Professor of English Literature at the University of Verona. Research areas due to climate change are now focused on the Environmental Humanities: Climate Change Emergency, Anthropocene, Olocene, Ecocriticism and Ecoliterature. Identity-Politics and the geopolitical use of space-metaphors, deployed as Imaginary Geographies, are used to analyse a Nation-Narration and Invented-Identity Eristics/Aesthetics in Literature and Visual Media. Genio e immaginazione nel Settecento inglese (2002), Oggetti e collezioni nella letteratura inglese dell’Ottocento (2005), ‘The Well-Beloved: Thomas Hardy's Manifesto of 'Regional Aesthetics' in VLC, C.U.P., 2008, A Synopsis of English Literature (2015), The Invention of Northern Aesthetics in 18th-Century English Literature (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2017).
Alessia Tamer is currently in the process of getting her Master’s Degree in European and Extra-European Languages and Literatures at the University of Udine (Department of Languages, Literatures, communication, education, and society). She previously obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures in the same University with a dissertation titled ‘Dinámicas de neutralización en un chat entre hispanófonos [Language Neutralization Dynamics in a Spanishes-speaking chat]’, under professor Rocío Luque’s tutelage. She graduated with a degree of 110/110 cum laude. Her previous studies focused on graphic design, cinema, photography, and television. Her main interests focus mainly on didactics, with a particular emphasis on alternative didactics, inclusive didactics, and its languages. She is a member of the Partnership Studies Group and ALL (Associazione Laureati in Lingue). She is actively involved in her department promotion and management as a Tutor, both educational and informative. She manages some of the University social profiles and often deals with graphic design and multimedia such as posters and promotional ads.
She is a Webmistress for Festivals of international importance such as Festival dei Cuori® of Tarcento and In\Visible Cities Festival, for which she also manages social media profiles. Since October 2019, she is collaborating with the italian association Quarantasettezeroquattro in the framework of didactics and organization of educational trips concerning the Holocaust, the history and literature of the city of Trieste, the history of the city of Gorizia/Nova Gorica. She is a History educator in that same association and deals mainly with teaching the history of the Holocaust and other genocides.
She is currently developing a curriculum concerning Berlin’s Wall and the Cold War.
Anna Enrichetta Soccio is Full Professor of English Literature at the Department of Humanities, Art and Social Science of the G. d’Annunzio University of Chieti and Pescara (Italy). After her PhD in English Literature, she spent two years as a postdoctoral research fellow. She has been teaching at the University of Chieti and Pescara since 2004 (first as a lecturer, then as an associate professor and finally as a full professor). She is currently Director of the degree programme in Philology, Linguistics and Literary Traditions, and Rector’s Delegate for Erasmus and International Mobility. She teaches courses in English Literature and English Dram for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is the Director of the C.U.S.V.E. (University Centre of Victorian and Edwardian Studies), the editor of the book series “Nuova Armorica”, the vice director of the A-class journal RSV. Rivista di Studi Vittoriani, and member of a number of editorial boards and literary societies. She has organized many international conferences and workshops in Italy and abroad. Her main research interests are in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century English literature, in particular the Victorian novel – both mainstream and popular – and the British poetry of the 20th and 21st century.
Marco Canani is Lecturer in English at the University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy. He received his PhD from the University of Milan with the dissertation Vernon Lee and the Italian Renaissance: Plasticity, Gender, Genre, a study based on research conducted at Colby College (USA) and the University of Oxford. He is a member of the University Centre for Victorian and Edwardian Studies at the University of Chieti-Pescara and the Interuniversity Centre for the Study of Romanticism at the University of Bologna. His research interests include Romantic and fin-de-siècle literature and Anglo-Italian studies. In addition to articles on John Keats, P.B. Shelley, Vernon Lee, and A.J. Cronin, he has published the book Ellenismi britannici. L’ellenismo nella poesia, nelle arti e nella cultura britannica dagli augustei al Romanticismo (2014).
Francesca D’Alfonso is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Molise. Her main areas of research are late Victorian literature and culture and the American novel of the second half of the 20th century. Among her most recent publications are: Nel Mondo di John Fante. Autobiografismo e furore letterario (Aracne, 2013) and Arnold Bennett. Narratore e interprete delle Cinque Città (Carabba, 2016) and the translation of George Eliot’s Silas Marner by George Eliot. She is a member of CUSVE (Centre of Victorian and Edoardian Studies) and of the editorial board of RSV, Merope and Traduttologia.
Andrea Orlandi is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Social and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at “La Sapienza” University of Rome. He was awarded a PhD in Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Neurosciences at the University of Milano-Bicocca, after an MSc in Psychology. His education as a contemporary dancer has informed his research on the human brain, merging dance and neuroscience. He investigates the multisensory neural representations of the body and complex action, with an interest in neuroaesthetics and social cognition. He was awarded a Marie Curie Global Fellowship to continue his work in collaboration with the Macquarie University of Sydney.
Venezia Ca' Foscari and Milano Statale (Honorary Professor)
Venezia Ca' Foscari and Milano Statale (Honorary Professor)
Giuliano Boccali (Milan 1946) taught for over forty years at the University of Venice Ca 'Foscari, then at Milano Statale. He studied and studies in particular Hindu mythology, classical poetry, literary and figurative aesthetics and the status of passions and corporeality in Indian culture. Curator of the Italian editions of several Sanskrit and Prakrit masterpieces, Giuliano Boccali is honorary president of the Italian Association of Sanskrit Studies (A.I.S.S.). He is permanent collaborator in the Sunday supplement of “Il Sole 24 Ore” for the religions and cultures of the Indian sub-continent.
Raffaella Antinucci is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Naples “Parthenope” and former Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). Her main areas of research include Victorian culture and literature, corpus stylistics, and comparative literatures, with a special focus on the Anglo-Italian relations in the years of the Risorgimento. She is the author of a monograph on the literary representations of the Victorian gentleman (2009), a study on Jane Austen’s Emma (2017) and of several articles on Victorian and modernist writers. She is a member of CUSVE (Centre for Victorian and Edwardian Studies) and of the steering committee of the international project “Terminology without Borders”. She is on the editorial board of the academic journals Traduttologia and Fictions, and co-edits the English literature and culture series “Riverrun” (Aracne).
Francesco Benozzo is Associate Professor of Romance Philology and Linguistics at the University of Bologna, where he coordinates the Doctorate in “Literary and Cultural Studies”. He is a poet and musician of international fame (candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature from Pen International since 2015). He is the founder of Ethnophilology, a discipline that interacts with the texts in an anti-authoritarian, libertarian perspective and with a focus on native and oral traditions. He is the editor-in-chief of three international scientific journals (“Quaderni di Semantica”, “Philology”, “Quaderni di filologia Romanza”) and member of the scientific committees of numerous international research centers and groups, including the Committee for Editors of Linguistics Journals (Linguistic Society of America); CRAIG - Interdisciplinary Group of Classics, Religious Sciences, Anthropology and Archaeology (University of Calgary, Canada); IRAAL - Irish Association for Applied Linguistics; Medical Humanities Study Center (CMH), University of Bologna; Center for Studies of Homeoglot Literature of Extra-European Countries (University of Bologna) and many others. He is member of scientific and editorial committees of over 30 international series and journals. Benozzo has participated at over 150 international conferences, and has been keynote speaker at more than 20 congresses of linguistics, anthropology and philology. He is the author of over 700 scientific publications. Among his latest monographs: Memorie di un filologo complottista, Lucca, 2021; Carducci, Milano, 2021; Liguri, Etruschi e Celti, Modena, 2020; Poesia, scienza e dissidenza. Interviste (2015-2020), Bologna, 2020; Studi di ecdotica romanza, Roma, 2018. In July 2022 he received the International Prize "Poets from the Frontier" awarded by ALL (Association of Graduates in Foreign Languages and Literature of the University of Udine) and by the PSG (Partnership Studies Group) International Committee.
Diana Riboli, PhD, is Associate Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology of the Panteion University (Athens, Greece). From 2015 she is President of the International Society for Academic Research on Shamanism. From 1991 to 1998 she conducted research at the Chepangs of central-southern Nepal and from 2004 to 2014 at the Batek and Jahai of Peninsular Malaysia. Since 2018 she has been conducting a research project in Nepal on the effects of recent Christian proselytism among marginalised indigenous groups. In her numerous publications, she deals with shamanism, ethnomedicine, indigenous studies, anthropological research methodology, environmental disasters and climate change in Asian countries.
Tania Zulli is Full Professor of English at the University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy), where she also directs the University Language Centre (CLA). She conducted her doctoral and postdoctoral research at the University of Manchester. After completing her PhD and post-doctoral studies, she worked at the University of Roma Tre (first as a Lecturer and then as an Associate Professor).
She has organized several national and international conferences, has taken part to national and international projects, and has coordinated research and teaching agreements with different international universities (France, Spain, USA, India, South Africa). She is co-founder and member of the Executive Board of AISC (Italian Association of Conradian Studies), and Secretary of CUSVE – University Centre of Victorian and Edwardian Studies. She is Vice Director of Merope, Rivista di studi umanistici, and member of other international editorial boards and societies.
Her research interests focus on translation studies and the stylistic analysis of literary texts. She has published on colonial and postcolonial literature and language, transnational language theory, language and migration, and cross-cultural pragmatics. Her most recent books are a volume on E. M. Forster’s A Passage to India (Solfanelli 2014), a translation of Joseph Conrad’s short story ‘Amy Foster’ (Marsilio 2018), the volume Joseph Conrad, Language and Transnationalism (Solfanelli 2019), and the collection Migration, Modernity, and Transnationalism in the Works of Joseph Conrad, edited with Kim Salmons (Bloomsbury 2021).
Uwe Skoda is Associate Professor for India and South Asia Studies at the Department of Global Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark. Currently, he is working on the one hand on visual culture and photography and on the other hand on themes within the field of political anthropology-particularly transformations of kingship, indigenous people and domestic politics. His recent books include: Bonding with the Lord. Jagannath, Popular Culture and Community Formation (2019, co-edited with Jyotirmaya Tripathy, New Delhi: Bloomsbury); India and its Visual Cultures: Community, Class and Gender in a Symbolic Landscape (2018, co-edited with Birgit Lettmann, New Delhi: Sage).
Isabel Alonso-Breto is a lecturer in Postcolonial Literatures at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and English Studies at the University of Barcelona. She is the Vice-director of the Centre for Australian and Transnational Studies at the University of Barcelona and a member of the research group Ratnakara: Literatures and Cultures of the Indian Ocean. Editor of the journal Blue Gum and deputy editor of Indialogs, Spanish Journal of India Studies, she has authored some 50 articles and book chapters and translated poetry from various postcolonial authors. In 2021 she authored the poetry collection Elogio de la tabla de surf y otros poemas desde el cáncer de mama (Praise of the Surfboard and other Poems from Breast Cancer). In Spring 2022 she was a visiting researcher with the Partnership Studies Group at the University of Udine.
She completed her postgraduate studies in European and Extra European Languages and Literatures at the University of Udine in 2014, graduating with honours with the thesis “Cross-Cultural Dialogues in Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria”. In the same year, she won the Panicali Literary Award and the Graduate Award 110 talenti rosa per il lavoro. Between 2014-2017 she worked as secretary for ALL – Association of Graduates in Foreign Languages and Literatures at Udine University. In 2016, she co-created the photo-narrative activist project Echoes of Ecologies, in South America, on practices of ecological sustainability. This led to the production of the ethnographic film Yuyos (Krawczyk and Lepori 2018). She is currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University, Brisbane. Her research moves within the Environmental Humanities, inspired by Material Ecocriticism, Action Research, Public Humanities and Multimodal Storytelling. Her thesis works on the regeneration of the imaginaries of water, plants, food, and waste through human and more-than-human communication in two permacultural sites, in Italy and Australia. Since 2011 she has been an enthusiastic gardener and volunteer.
Sue Ballyn graduated from Barcelona University in 1986 with a BA, MA and PhD. Her PhD thesis was the first in Spain to deal with Australian literature. She had joined the Department of English Philology at the university in 1982. During the 1990’s she established an Australian Studies Program and promoted exchanges with Australian Universities. The program became an official University Centre/Observatory in 2000, today called The Centre for Australian and Transnational Studies of which she is the Honorary Director. Her research area during twenty years was/is Spanish, Lusophone, Sephardi and Hispanic convicts transported to Australia and the interpretation of biographical documents such as convict and surgeons’ records. Over the last ten years she has become involved in researching Human Rights and the elderly, Ageing Studies and Gerontology. She has published widely in all her research fields and is currently working on a collection of interviews with elderly women. Sue is now an Honorary Professor at the University of Barcelona.
John Strachan is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate College at Bath Spa University, where he was previously Dean of Humanities and Cultural Industries. A professor of English Literature, he is the author or editor of fifteen books, and is Associate Editor of the Oxford Companion to English Literature. John has worked extensively in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent and is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, the Royal Historical Society, and the Royal Society of Arts. He is Director of GuildHE Research, the research consortium for smaller and specialist universities and colleges.