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Elisabetta Lalumera

Associate Professor

Department for Life Quality Studies

Academic discipline: M-FIL/05 Philosophy and Theory of Language

Curriculum vitae

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Associate professor, Alma Mater-Università di Bologna, Department for Life Quality Studies, Rimini

Previous appointments

  • 2020-2022 Assistant professor, on leave from University of Milano-Bicocca and affiliated with the Department of Life Quality Studies, University of Bologna (Italy) for teaching and research (5-year leave)
  • 2006-2020 Assistant Professor (RTI, permanent position) at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy), Psychology Department, 2006-2022.
  • 2005-2006  Fixed-term lecturer, teaching assignment: Philosophy of Language, Dipartimento di Filosofia, Università di Parma, Parma Italy, 2004-2005
  • 2004-2005 Fixed-term lecturer, Teaching assignment: Philosophy of Language, Dipartimento di Scienze della Cultura, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy
  • 2002-2003 Fixed-term lecturer, Università di Bologna, Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione and Almaweb Graduate School, Teaching assignment: Philosophy of Language, Web content writing

Work experiences outside academia

  • February 2020- July 2020. Organization and teaching: Ethics and philosophy of healthcare communication courses. For healthcare communication professionals. IRCCS Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Polyclinic, University of Bologna, via Giuseppe Massarenti 9, 40100 Bologna Italy
  • September 2017. Organization and teaching of the course with CME credits “Fear of vaccines? Philosophy, ethics, communication”. Emilia-Romagna Regional Health Authority (Regione Emilia-Romagna), Viale Aldo Moro 52, 40127 Bologna Italy
  • February 2018. Organization and Teaching of a course for the Communication Operators of the Local Health Authority of Bologna and the directors of the Districts of the Local Health Authority of Bologna, "Ethics and nudge for health communication". Azienda USL Bologna, via Castiglione 29, 40100 Bologna Italy


· 2011-2012 junior research affiliate, Northern Institute of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen (UK)

· 2003, PhD in Philosophy of Language and Mind, Università del Piemonte Orientale (UPO) Thesis: “Concepts and Normativity: A Realist Approach”.

· 2000-2001, Visiting M-Phil Student, Birkbeck College, University of London

· 1997, Laurea in Filosofia, Summa cum Laude, Università di Bologna, Italy.


Foundations of Scientific Method and Ethics of Healthcare Communication, School of Medicine, Forlì, Università di Bologna (Undergraduate), since 2021

Philosophy of health, MA Human nutrition, Health and Wellness, Università di Bologna, since 2021

Philosophy of Medicine and Ethics of Healthcare Communication, School of Medicine, Bologna (undergraduate, in English and in Italian), since 2022

Philosophy of science (undergraduate), University of Milano-Bicocca, Psychology Department, from 2013 to 2019

Philosophy of Language (undergraduate), University of Milano-Bicocca, Psychology Department, 2006-2008


· Lalumera, E. & Fanti, S. (eds.) (2021) Philosophy of Advanced Medical Imaging. Ethical Briefs Series, Dordrecht: Springer

· Amoretti, M. C., & Lalumera, E. (2021). COVID-19 as the underlying cause of death: disentangling facts and values. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 43(1), 1-4.

· Melloni, E., Benedetti, F., Vai, B., & Lalumera, E. (2020). Not understanding others. The RdoC approach to Theory of mind and empathy deficits in Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder and Mood Disorders. Phenomenology and Mind, 18, 162-181.

· Fanti, S., Oyen, W., & Lalumera, E. (2019). Consensus Procedures in Oncological Imaging: The Case of Prostate Cancer. Cancers, 11( 11), 1788.

· Lalumera, E., Fanti, S., & Boniolo, G. (2019). Reliability of molecular imaging diagnostics. Synthese, 1-17.

· Amoretti, M. C., & Lalumera, E. (2019). Harm should not be a necessary criterion for mental disorder: some reflections on the DSM-5 definition of mental disorder. Theoretical medicine and bioethics, 1-17.

· Amoretti, M. C., & Lalumera, E. (2019). A potential tension in DSM-5: The general definition of mental disorder versus some specific diagnostic criteria. In The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Vol. 44, No. 1, pp. 85-108.

· Gonzalez, S., Guedj, E., Fanti, S., Lalumera, E., Le Coz, P., & Taïeb, D. (2018). Delivering PET imaging results to cancer patients: steps for handling ethical issues. European journal of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, 45 (12), 2240-2241.

· Lalumera, E. (2018) Trust in health care and vaccine hesitancy. Rivista di estetica

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