Lectures

  • “Hypertext and Twitterature.” Annual Conference of the American Association for Italian Studies, Istituto Sant’Anna (Sorrento), Italy, June 14-16, 2018.
  • “Le Dolomiti tra Natura e Storia.” Annual Conference of the American Association for Italian Studies, Istituto Sant’Anna (Sorrento), Italy, June 14-16, 2018.
  • “Pythagoras’ Mediterranean: Travels, Migration and Philosophy.” Spring Workshop and Conference of the Mediterranean Seminar. University of Oregon. April 13-14, 2018.
  • “The Candle of Light: Revisiting Cesare Beccaria’s Vision.” University of Oregon. November 2, 2017.
  • “Language in Life and Work.” Commencement Speech University of Oregon, Department of Romance Languages. June 20, 2017.
  • “Reading, Rewriting and Encoding Petrarca’s Rvf as Hypertext.” Annual Conference of the MLA, Philadelphia, PA, January 5, 2017.
  • The Ancient Roots of a Non-Anthropocentric Humanism: A Pythagorean Perspective.” Mellon Symposium – Environmental Posthumanities in the Anthropocene – Friday, Dec. 2nd 2016, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
  • “Early Modern Ecocriticism?.” Annual Conference of the American Association for Italian Studies, Baton Rouge, LA, April 23, 2016.
  • “Twitterature and Hermeneutics of the Text.” Annual Conference of the American Association for Italian Studies, Baton Rouge, LA, April 23, 2016.
  • “The Oregon Petrarch Open Book: Preservation, Hypertext, and Pedagogy.” University of Oregon. Digital Humanisties Working Group, November 20, 2015.
  • “Roberto Saviano’s Letter to My Land.” Annual Conference of the PAMLA, Portland, Oregon, November 7, 2015.
  • “Lector in Rete: The Oregon Petrarch Open Book as Hypertext.” Annual Conference of the Sixteenth Century Society, Vancouver, October 23, 2015.
  • “Ancient Lost Sea. Italy and the Poetic Memory of the Mediterranean.” University of Oregon, May 21, 2015.
  • “Suggestioni mediterranee: la Riviera ligure da Montale a Biamonti.” California State University, Long Beach. March 24, 2015.
  • “Sicilian Ruins from Vittorio De Seta’s Documentaries to Vincenzo Consolo’s Citiscapes.” Common Knowledges Symposium 2014, Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Culture, the Environment and Labor. Wednesday May 14, 2014. UC San Diego.
  • Natura parens from Bernardus Silvestris’ Cosmographia to Petrarch’s Canzoniere.” Renaissance Society of America, New York, March 29, 2014.
  • “Poetic Geography and More than Human Humanism in Sardinian Literature from Grazia Deledda to Marcello Fois.” Notre Dame University, November 7, 2013.
  • “Philology and Sense Making in the Oregon Petrarch Open Book.” Digital French and Italian conference held at Darmouth College, October 30-31, 2013.
  • “Vico’s more than Human Humanism.” AAIS Conference, Eugene, Oregon, April 11-13, 2013.
  • “Encoding Text and Images in the Oregon Petrarch Open Book.” AAIS Conference, Eugene, Oregon, April 11-13, 2013.
  • “Petrarch’s Open Book from the Editio Princeps (Inc. Queriniano G V 15) to Digital Culture.” International Conference on Petrarch and His Legacies . University of Wisconsin. Madison, Wisconsin, March 4-5, 2013.
  • “Oregon Petrarch Open Book Project.” Symposiumon Textualities in the Digital Age held at the University of Oregon on April 14, 2012.
  • “The Daimon, the Wisdom and the Pietas: Giambasttista Vico’s Paths to a More Than Human Humanism.” Keynote Address Graduate Student Symposium on “Giambattista Vico: Education, Politics and Poetics.” Yale University, March 2-3, 2012.
  • “Humanist Studies and the Digital Age” Annual Meeting MLA, Seattle January 6-8, 2012.
  • “Natura, ragione e modernità nella Scienza nuova di Giambattista Vico” International Conference Razionalità e modernità in Vico, Milano 8-10 June 2011. Videoconference
  • “The Myth of the Human in Vico’s New Science” Keynote Address Graduate Student Symposium on “Science and Myth.” Indiana University, March 25-26, 2011.
  • “The Oregon Petrarch Open Book” NEH Start-Up Grant Project Directors Meeting, Washington, D.C., September 28, 2010. Video
  • “Return to Philology and Hypertext in and around Petrarch’s Rerum vulgarium fragmenta,” International Symposium on Francesco Petrarca from Manuscript to Digital Culture, University of Oregon on April 10, 2010.
  • “Allegory and Desengaño in the Reception of Petrarch Song 323: Marot, Quevedo and Gongora.” IXth Biennial Meeting of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, University of Oregon, November 5-7, 2009.
  • “The Petrarch Project: Versioning and Hypertext in and around the Rerum vulgarium fragmenta.” Scholarly Technology Group, Brown University, October 28, 2009.
  • “Literature, Trauma and Ethics of Memory in Primo Levi and Italo Calvino.” Acume 2 Summer School “Interfacing Sciences and Humanities” University of Bologna, Rimini Campus, June 29-July 10, 2009.
  • “The Mediterranean in Modern Italian Poetry. A Journey in the Mediterranean Landscape from Montale’s Metaphysical Contingency to Umberto Saba’s Ethical Poetics of Place.” Portland State University, June 1, 2009.
  • “The Petrarch Project at the University of Oregon” at the AAIS Conference, held at St. John’s University in New York Manhattan from May 7-10, 2009.
  • “How to read Petrarch’s Rerum vulgarium fragmenta today?” Academy for Lifelong Learning, Oregon State University, April 30, 2009.
  • “Progetto Petrarca: Ipertestualità e intertestualità, riflessioni teoriche e metodologiche.” Scuola di Dottorato, Università degli Studi di Macerata, 11 dicembre 2008.
  • “Etica della scrittura e testimonianza: un percorso tra letteratura e filosofia.” Corso di eccellenza, Università degli Studi di Macerata. Novembre-Dicembre, 2008.
  • “Il De mente heroica di Giambattista Vico.” Gruppo di lettura “La Bottega dell’Elefante” Bologna, 17 novembre 2008.
  • “Italy and the Mediterranean: Notes for a Poetic Geography” at the Italian Cultural Institute in Vancouver, Canada, April 29, 2008. Invited lecture.
  • “On Becoming Human: the Verum Factum Principle and the Common Nature of the Nations in Vico’s New Science,” at the Symposium in Honor of Giuseppe Mazzotta – The University of Mary Washington, 
Fredericksburg, Va., March 27 – 30, 2008.
  • “The Oregon Petrarch Project,” at the CALICO – The Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium – 25th Annual Conference Hosted by the University of San Francisco March 18-22 2008.
  • “Autobiografia e secolarizzazione nel Rinascimento” AAIS Convention in Colorado Spring, Colorado College, Colorado Spring, CO, May 3-6 2007.
  • “Letteratura e trauma in Primo Levi,” Trauma &Texte Colloque international organisé par le groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire KZ-memoria scripta de l’Université de Salzbourg et le centre LAPRIL de l’Université Bordeaux 3, 29 juin – 1er juillet 2006, Universität Salzburg, Salzburg.
  • “Poetica della memoria e romanzo in Vincenzo Consolo,” AAIS/AATI Convention in Genova, Italy, May 25-28, 2006.
  • “L’antico mare perduto di Umberto Saba,” Genoa, Columbus & the Mediterranean, 9th Annual International Congress of the Mediterranean Studies Association, Università di Genova, May 24-27, 2006.
  • “Il diario di dieci giorni di Primo Levi,” Convegno Internazionale, Memorie, diari e confessioni, Università degli Studi di Bologna, 17-19 ottobre, 2005.
  • “I viaggi del moderno Odisseo. Vincenzo Consolo testimone del nostro tempo,” The Mediterranean Studies Association’s 8th annual International Congress, “Sicily and the Mediterranean,” University of Messina, May 25-28, 2005.
  • “Nuove forme e problemi aperti nell’autobiografia moderna,” Annual Meeting of the American Association of Italian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (April 15-17, 2005).
  • “Autobiografia e secolarizzazione. Dall’autoagiografia a Cellini” Round table: Literature, Religion and the Sacred, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Italian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (April 15-17, 2005).
  • “Italo Calvino e l’esperienza della Guerra Civile,” L’ombra della seconda Guerra mondiale sulla letteratura del dopoguerra, Giornata di Studi organizzata dalla Sezione di Filologia Germanica e Lingue e Letterature Germaniche “Riccardo Rizza” in collaborazione con il progetto europeo di Rete Tematica ACUME Cultural Memory in European Countries: An Interdisciplinary Approach. University of Bologna 5 aprile 2005. Invited paper.
  • “Memorie e scritture della Shoah nell’era della testimonianza,” University of Bologna (Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature Moderne Straniere), 27 gennaio, 2005. Invited paper.
  • “Amore e soggetto lirico da Petrarca al Petrarchismo,” Il Petrarchismo: un modello di poesia per l’Europa, Convegno internazionale di studi, Bologna 6-9 ottobre 2004.
  • “Poesia e autobiografia in Primo Levi,” Forme e storie della poesia italiana. Congresso Annuale ADI, Università di Siena, 22-25 settembre 2004.
  • “Il Mediterraneo, la Guerra, l’esilio. Alcune riflessioni sulla figura di Odisseo in Vincenzo Consolo e Primo Levi,” Annual Meeting of the American Association of Italian Studies, University of Ottawa (May, 2004).
  • “‘Padre mite e dispotico’.” Riflessioni sull’eredità culturale di Petrarca, “Annual Meeting of the American Association of Italian Studies, University of Ottawa (May, 2004).
  • “Manzoni’s Betrothed: A reading of chapter XXVII,” University of Amsterdam (January 2004).
  • “Scrittura e tecnica della modernità secondo Leopardi,” Annual meeting of the American Association of Italian Studies, Georgetown University Washington D. C. (March 2003).
  • “Autobiography as writing the Dead. Ancient and Modern Paradigms,” Harvard University (February 21, 2003).
  • “Renato Serra e il problema della testimonianza nel Novecento,” at the Annual meeting of the America Association of Italian Studies in Columbia (Missouri), April, 2002.
  • “Autobiography as writing the Dead. Ancient and Modern Paradigms.” Brown University (March 2002). Invited paper.
  • “Alterity and Transcendence: Notes on Ethics, Literature, and Testimony.” Who, Exactly, Is The Other? Western and Transcultural Perspectives. Eugene: Oregon Humanites Center, 2002.
  • “Intrecci mediterranei. Il mare, la guerra e l’esilio,” at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association in New Orleans (December 2001).
  • “Scrittura testimonianza e verità”, in a round table on my book (Il vuoto della forma. Scrittura, testimonianza e verità. Marietti 1820: Genova, 2001) with Ezio Raimondi, Pier Cesare Bori and Giancarlo Gaeta. Bologna Biblioteca dell’Archiginnasio, November 20, 2001.
  • “Primo Levi and the Idea of Autobiography,” at the International Conference on Primo Levi held on November 16-17, 2001 at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (Scotland). Invited paper.
  • “Vico e l’eroismo moderno” at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Italian Studies in Philadelphia (April 2001).
  • “Scrittura, e alterità in Francesco Petrarca” in a round table discussion at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Italian Studies in Philadelphia (April 2001).
  • “Scrittura, testimonianza e verità in Francesco Petrarca” at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Whashington, DC (December 2000).
    “Scienza e letteratura in Primo Levi” Invited lecture, University of Bologna (November 20, 2000).
  • “Transcendence and Testimony in Levinas” at the Symposium on “Who, Exactly is the Other? Alterity, Representation and Transcendence” at the University of Oregon, May 4-5, 2000.
  • “La guerra dalla tragedia di Eschilo al cinema di Mario Martone” at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Italian Studies. New York University, April 13-16, 2000.
  • “The Autobiography of a Survivor: Poetry and Testimony in Primo Levi,” The Oregon Humanities Center, November 19, 1999.
  • “Eroismo e filosofia in Socrate e in Vico,” at the International Conference on “Eroismo e eroismi attorno a Vico” held at University of Salerno (Italy), May 24-27, 1999. Invited lecture.
  • “Pirandello e il dibattito teorico del Primo Novecento,” University of Bologna, May 18, 1999. Invited lecture.
  • “Il Parini di Leopardi” at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Italian Studies. University of Oregon, April 15-17, 1999.
  • “Pre-scrittura e scrittura ultima tra Primo Levi e Paul Celan,” at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Italian Studies. University of Oregon, April 15-17, 1999.
  • “A ora incerta. Four Orchestral Songs from Primo Levi,” at the Arts Club in Chicago, February 26, 1999. Invited lecture and round table with English composer Simon Bainbridge.
  • “Primo Levi’s Return to Auschwitz” Northwestern University, February 25, 1999. Invited lecture.
  • “News from the Sky: Science, Poetry and Testimony in Primo Levi,” at the International Conference on “Primo Levi: Witnessing, Memory, and Writing,” Boston University, May 25-27, 1998.
  • “The Ethics of Writing from Alessandro Manzoni to Italo Calvino,” Notre Dame University, April 1998. Invited lecture.
  • “La scrittura dell’inizio. Leopardi e il problema della genesi,” Annual Meeting of the American Association of Italian Studies. Loyola University, Chicago, April 1998.
  • “Maravall’s Culture of the Baroque between Wölfflin, Gramsci and Benjamin,” Meeting of the North West Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. October 1997.
  • “The Book of Genesis and the History of Human Race,” Annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Toronto, Canada, December 1997.
  • “Leopardi e il libro del Genesi,” Annual Meeting of the American Association of Italian Studies, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. February, 1997.
  • “Modern and Ancient Masks in Vico’s New Science,” at the Round Table on “Recent Theory Books in Italianistica.” Annual Meeting of the American Association of Italian Studies, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. February, 1997.
  • “The Ethics of the Witness from Franz Rosenzweig to Post-Holocaust Jewish Writers and Philosophers,” at the international conference on “Ethics After the Holocaust,” University of Oregon. May, 1996.
  • “Vico and Modern Poetry,” at the International symposium on “Giambattista Vico and the Map of Modernity,” Yale University. April, 1996.
  • “Il mito come precomprensione storica aperta nella Scienza nuova,” at the meeting on “Vico verso un nuovo secolo ricerche e progetti di nuovi studiosi,” Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (Italy). December, 1995.
  • “Giambattista Vico e la poesia nell’età della ragione spiegata,” Annual meeting of the America Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI), Chianciano (Italy). December, 1995.
  • “Vico tra umanesimo e nouvelle rhétorique,” Purdue University Conference on Romance Languages, West Lafayette, IN. October, 1995.
  • “Perché si scrive? Primo Levi e Paul Celan,” Annual meeting of the American Association of Italian Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. April, 1995.
  • “Il nulla e l’esperienza. La poesia neobarocca di Edoardo Cacciatore,” Annual meeting of the American Association for Italian Studies, Madison, WI. April, 1994.
  • “Poetry as Hermeneutics: Vico and Dilthey,” Annual meeting of the International Association for Philosophy and Lieterature, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. May, 1994.
  • “Literature and Testimony in Gramsci’s Letters From Prison. The Question of Subjectivity,” Annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, San Diego, CA. December, 1994.
  • “Gli aforismi politici di Campanella tra umanesimo, eresie e Controriforma,” Annual meeting of the American Association for Italian, Austin, TX. April, 1993.
  • “The Invisible Witness. Antonio Gramsci’s Letters from Prison,” Annual meeting of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature (IAPL), Pittsburgh, PA. May, 1993.
  • “Il dialetto come lingua della poesia: Pasolini e Zanzotto,” Annual convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association Buffalo, NY. April, 1992.
  • “La scrittura nomade e la prima radice. Appunti per il patto di primavera,” Annual meeting of the American Association for Italian Studies, Chapel Hill, NC. April, 1992.
  • “La sapienza, L’ermeneutica e il sublime in G.B. Vico,” Annual meeting of the Journal Annali di storia dell’esegesi, Forlì, Italy. June, 1992.
  • “Conversion and First Memory in Modern Autobiography,” Annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, Blacksburg, VA. October, 1992.
  • “Vico e le maschere del barocco,” Annual meeting of the America Association of Italian Teachers (AATI), Chicago, IL. November, 1992.
  • “L’anfora di Pandora e la citta’ del sole. Le aporie dell’utopia controriformistica,” Purdue University Conference on Romance Languages, West Lafayette, IN. October, 1991.
  • “La luce che si è spenta. Gramsci, Serra e Kipling,” Annual meeting of the American Association for Italian Studies, Ann Arbor, MI. April, 1991.
  • “Il discorso politico del Rinascimento italiano tra dialogo, utopia e trattato,” Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, Hartford, CT. April, 1991.
  • “La Storia come Olocausto: la testimonianza di Primo Levi,” Purdue University Conference on Romance Languages West Lafayette, IN. October, 1990.
  • “Ineffabilità, retorica e amicizia. Percorsi di una teoria della testimonianza in Dante e Agostino,” Annual meeting of the American Association for Italian Studies, Charlottesville, VA. April, 1990.
  • “Ineffability, visio mystica and poetic vision: Augustine and Dante,” Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, Toronto, Canada. April, 1990.