Margins and Forgotten Places

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Curatore: Sara Fontana, Elena Mattei, Paola Peratello, Fabio Ramasso, Stefano Ambrosini
Isbn: 978-88-3613-358-1
Collana: Studi e ricerche / ISSN 2723-8954
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Numero in collana189
SottocategoriaFilologia romanza
CollanaStudi e ricerche / ISSN 2723-8954
CuratoreSara Fontana, Elena Mattei, Paola Peratello, Fabio Ramasso, Stefano Ambrosini
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In 2020, a group of doctoral students decided to submit an interdisciplinary proposal for the organisation of the first doctoral conference of the newly founded United Doctoral School of the University of Verona.
Despite the outbreak and long-term, socio-economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic – which put academic activities under a severe strain – the conference proposal was warmly welcomed and promoted by the School as an opportunity for dialogue that could transcend disciplinary boundaries, and as and encouragement to continue the too often underappreciated but significant work of scientific research at the margins and on the margins.
It was from the concept of margins – seen as limit, as an opportunity, as a meeting place for contact and cross-fertilisation between definitions, traditional perspectives, societies, cultures – that the international conference Margins and Forgotten Places was developed.
Our main imperative since the conception of this work was the application of multifaceted expressions of research innovation to socially relevant challenges of the present age. For this reason, we drew the attention of every discipline to the commitment to collective well-being, and dedicated an entire day of reflection on the 17 SDGs of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
Together with outstanding keynote speakers, more than sixty speakers presented their contributions, which are still available online on our YouTube channel, and which are partially published in this volume.
In an increasingly alienating and highly specialised academic world, we, the Organising Committee, wish to advocate the choral value of scientific research and advise as many colleagues as possible to promote interdisciplinary initiatives that deepen the little, the small and the useless. Only by actively listening what is different, indeed, can we truly appreciate what we already know, thus using our positive attitude towards learning and researching knowledge beyond borders to imagine and shape a different future.

Stefano Ambrosini is a Biotechnology PhD candidate at the Agricultural Chemistry Lab of University of Verona. He is interested in unravelling the molecular mechanisms of plant fertilizers, focusing on protein hydrolysates obtained from industrial and agricultural by-wastes. He is also the founder and current Coordinator of the Verona local chapter of ADI (Associazione Dottorandi e Dottori di ricerca in Italia).

Sara Fontana, Vice Coordinator of ADI Verona, is a Joint Phd candidate in performing arts at Verona (IT) and Gent (BE) Universities, conducting a research project on Dante’s fortune in theatre and dance in the contemporary European panorama. She published some contributions in volumes and articles, while participating in conferences in Italy and abroad. For the Margins conference and volume, she strongly supported the interdisciplinary application of different backgrounds and fields of study to the U.N. Agenda and its 17 development goals, moderating the final round table on the 4th SDG, i.e. quality education.

Elena Mattei is Temporary Professor of Digital Humanities for English Studies at the University of Verona. As a functional linguist and empirical, social semiotician, she has published on interdisciplinary research for the statistical, multisemiotic investigation of promotional practices on digital media. She is about to defend her PhD dissertation and is currently working on the design of a multimodal Grammar of sustainability discourse to foster intergenerational multimodal literacy.

Paola Peratello is a fixed-term researcher in Germanic Philology at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy) within the project CHANGES - Cultural Heritage Active Innovation for Sustainable Society (PNRR). She holds a PhD and a Doctor Europaeus title in Germanic and Digital Philology from University of Verona (Italy).

Fabio Ramasso holds a PhD in German literature and is a research fellow at the University of Turin with a project on myth in German literature. His studies are dedicated to Rilke, studying the components of the sacred and mystery.