Professor of Germanic Philology at the University of Bologna since 2016. His research focuses on gothic and Lombard languages and literatures; on the reception and rewriting of the Germanic cultural tradition in modern and contemporary times; on the Germanic cultural aspects within the high medieval texts. He also deals with the relations between Germanic culture within the broader context represented by the medieval European world. It analyzes the Germanic texts with philological, linguistic and comparative methodologies in order to recover the cultural context in which they were produced and / or copied.
Graduated in Foreign Languages and Literature in 1989 at the University of Verona, in 1994 he obtained a Ph.D. in Germanic Studies (Germanic Philology) (administrative seat: University of Florence). Academic career Since 1995 he has been a researcher in Germanic Philology at the University of Padua, remaining in service until 1999; in that year he moved to the University of Ferrara becoming, in 2005, associate professor of Germanic Philology. In 2008 he moved to the University of Bologna where he became full professor of Germanic Philology in 2016.
Since 1995 he has been continuously teaching as a holder of various seminars and courses for Degree Courses at first four-year, then three-year and master's degrees, both in Germanic Philology and Nordic Literature. He is currently a professor of Germanic Philology and Nordic Literature for degree courses in Foreign Languages and Literatures (BA), Lettere (BA), and in Modern, Comparative and Postcolonial Literatures (MA) of the University of Bologna.
He participated in numerous national and international research programs including PRIN 2002 (2002108943_002): Rewriting and intertextuality: metamorphosis, interference and reinterpretations of the medieval text; PRIN 2006 (2006105904_005): Composition, transmission and instability of the medieval Germanic text: new criteria and edition models. He was coordinator, for the University of Ferrara, of the European Thematic Network ACUME2 Interfacing Science & Literature, Subproject 3, Scientific Myth-making, Traveling the World. Scientific Discoveries and Narrative Discourses, Travel Literature (2006-2008). He was a member of the Scientific Committee of the international project Building Europe. Columban and its legacy (2012-2015).
Institutional activities and academic assignments
From November 2018 is Vice-Director of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Modern Cultures (LILEC)
Since 2018 he has been delegated to the management of the DIVE-IN Departmental Project of Excellence in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Modern Cultures (LILEC).
Since 2018 he is a member of the Board of the Department LILEC and member of the Research Commission of the Department (LILEC).
From April 9th 2015: President of the Scientific Committee of the Library of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Modern Cultures (LILEC)
From 19.03.2013 to 15.02.2019: member of the University Quality Presidium of the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna.
From 23.01.2013 to October 2018: member of the Joint Education Commission of the Bologna Office of the School of Languages and Literature, Translation and Interpretation
From May 2015 to May 2018: Deputy Director and Member of the Board of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Modern Cultures (LILEC).
From 2012 to 2015: member of the Joint Educational Commission of the School of Languages and Literature, Translation and Interpretation
From 18.09.2012 to 15.02.2019: member of the University Group for the Quality Assurance of the Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna.
From 18.10.2012 to 30.09.2015: vice-coordinator of the Course of Studies in Foreign Languages and Literatures of the School Languages, Interpreting and Translation of the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna.
A.A. 2010-11 -2011-12: member of the Teaching Quality Working Group (Quality Assurance) of the Alma Mater Studiorum University - University of Bologna.
A.A. 2008-09 - 2011-12: Member of the Joint Didactics Commission of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures of the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna and delegated by the Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures to chair the commission.
From November 1, 1998 to October 31, 2000: member of the Board of Directors of the University of Padua.
From November 1, 2003 to October 31, 2005: member of the Research Council of the University of Ferrara.
From November 1, 2003 to October 31, 2005: member of the Board of Directors of the University of Ferrara.
From November 2004 to October 2006: member of the Council of the Library of the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy of the University of Ferrara.
From 1st September 2005 to 31st October 2006: Acting Vice-President of the Degree Course in Languages and Literatures Foreign University of Ferrara.
From November 1st 2007 to October 31st 2008: President of the permanent work table of the Faculty for the teaching planning of the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy of the University of Ferrara.
From 1 November 2007 to 31 October 2008: member of the University Commission for the electronic verbalization of the University of Ferrara exams.
Membership of scientific and editorial committees
He directs the series Texts of the Germanic Middle Ages at the Meltemi publishing house;
he is a member of the scientific committee of the series Medievalismi of Edizioni dell'Orso.
Since 2014 he has been a member of the editorial board of the international magazine "Ri.L.Un.E.".
He was coordinator of the scientific committee of the first issue of the journal «Philology Germanic / Germanic Philology» (2009); from 2009 to the end of 2014 he was a member of the editorial board of the journal «Filologia Germanica / Germanic Philology».
From 1.1.2009 to 31.12.2014 he is a member of the Board of the Direction of the Italian Association of Germanic Philology (A.I.F.G.)