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PCT11: Theorizing Italy


This group focuses on Italian philosophical thought across historical periods. It attempts to bring together faculty and students across the humanities to discuss and think about the most important questions concerning Italian philosophical thinking.

Active since: 2018

Closed Group of Collaborators

  • Syracuse University
  • University of Rochester
  • Cornell University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology

Collaborative Goals

Our collaborative goals are to organize open events (conferences, symposia, seminars, roundtables) and possibly generate related individual or collective publications geared to promoting knowledge of, critical discussions on, and overall interest in important figures and themes in the Italian philosophical tradition among ourselves, students, colleagues, and the larger community.

Group Organizers

Brian Schroeder

Professor and Chair of Philosophy; Director of Religious Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology

Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio

Arnold Lisio ’56, ‘61M (MD) and Anne Moore Lisio, MD Endowed Distinguished Professor in Italian Language and Culture; Associate Professor of Italian; Head, Italian Program, University of Rochester

Silvia Benso

Professor, Philosophy; Director, Women's and Gender Studies Program, Rochester Institute of Technology

Stefano Giannini

Associate Professor and Italian Program Coordinator, Syracuse University

Timothy Campbell

Professor of Italian Studies, Cornell University

Group Members

  • Michael Amy, Professor, School of Art, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Anne Leone, Assistant Professor, Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Syracuse University
  • Adam Rosen-Carole, Adjunct Faculty, College of Liberal Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Sara Armengot, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Alex Bertland, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Niagara University
  • Laurie Naranch, Associate Professor of Political Sciences, Siena College
  • Timothy Madigan, Professor of Philosophy and Classical Studies, Saint John Fisher University
  • Elvira Roncalli, Professor of Philosophy, Carroll College
  • Peter Carravetta, Professor of Philosophy, SUNY at Stony Brook
  • Antonio Calcagno, Professor of Philosophy, King's College at Western University, ON, Canada
  • Alessandro Carrera, Professor of Italian Studies, University of Houston
  • Travis Holloway, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, SUNY Farmingdale
  • Alessandra Montalbano, Assistant Professor of Italian, University of Alabama
  • David White, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Classical Studies, Saint John Fisher University

Group Outcomes

The initiative we organized was quite productive in terms of expanding collaborative networks, developing new research questions, expanding interdisciplinary approaches and, in general, broadening the areas of interest of the participants because of the variety of scholarly and research approaches we included. We think that a remarkable feature of our event is the seminarial style in which we have either some leaders and respondents or a roundtable format. This style is greatly conducive to the sharing and circulation of ideas, perspectives, reservations, questions, etc. thus facilitating a spirit of collaboration and mutual learning. As we held the event via zoom, we also continued to experiment with and learn to master new ways of engaging people via digital technology. Some of the content of the event may result in invitations to shared publications and to new forms of collaborations and dissemination of work through other conferences and panels.