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Francesco Mazzucchelli

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies

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

Curriculum vitae


National Scientific Habilitation for the position of Associate Professor, in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Languages (from 6/8/2018/ to 6/8/2024)

PhD in Semiotics — 2006-2009
Received from: Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici, Università di Bologna, with fellowship grant from SUM, Istituto Italiano per le Scienze Umane, Firenze.
School Director: Prof. Umberto Eco; Scientific Coordinator: Prof.ssa Patrizia Violi. English translation of the title of thesis: “The Memory of the City. Auto- representation Strategies and Processes in the Urban Transformations of some Cities of former Yugoslavia”.
Tutor: Prof. Paolo Fabbri (IUAV, Venezia).

Laurea in Scienze della Comunicazione — 1997-2004
Five Years Degree in Communication Sciences (equivalent to MA or BAHons). Received from: University of Bologna (110/110 cum laude).
English translation of the title of the thesis: “How to tell a war" (A Semiotic Analysis of the Speeches of George W. Bush during the Iraqi War).
Supervisor: Prof. Patrizia Violi; Second Supervisor: Dr. Federico Montanari.

Diploma di maturità classica — 1991-1996
Secundary School Diploma (Classical Curriculum). Received from: Liceo Classico “Nunzio Vaccalluzzo” di Leonforte (En).


Senior Assistant Professor , Università di Bologna, Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione — September 2019-today Academic Discipline: Philosophy and Theory of Language.

Research Fellow, Università di Bologna, Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione — March 2014-JULY 2018 Collaboration to the FARB-FIBRA research project: “Smart Cities and participatory practices”. Scientific tutor: Prof. Patrizia Violi.

Research Fellow, UvA, Universiteit van Amsterdam — febbraio-aprile 2014 Visiting scholar at UvA-VU ACCESS EUROPE Program, “Identity and Memory” Theme. Collaboration with ASHMS (Amsterdam School for Heritage and Memory Studies, Prof. Rob van der Laarse and Dr. Ihab Saloul).

Research Fellow, Università di Bologna, Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione — February 2012-February 2013 Collaboration to the research project: “Second generation memories. Reprocessing the inherited trauma: the South American case. Scientific supervisor Scientifico: Prof. Patrizia Violi.

Part-time Research Fellow, VU - Vriije Universiteit Amsterdam — August 2013-January 2014 Collaboration to “Terrorscapes” project, coordinated by Prof. Rob van der Laarse, at CLUE (Research institute for the heritage and history of the Cultural Landscapes and Urban Environment). Project supported by NWO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek), NIAS (Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences) and AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council).

Fellow, NIAS (Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences and Humanities) — September 2012-January 2013 “Theme-Group Fellow” for the project “Terrorscapes in Postwar Europe. Transnational Memory of Totalitarian Terror and Genocide”. Coordinators: Prof. Rob van der Laarse (University of Amsterdam) and Prof. Georgi Verbeeck (University of Maastricht).

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Manchester, School of Environment and Development — January 2010-April 2012 “Marco Polo” fellowship from Università di Bologna, for a research project on urban conflicts. Tutor: Dr. Albena Yaneva.

PostDoc Fellow, Università di Bologna, Dipartimento di Discipline della Comunicazione — January 2010-January 2012 Title of the research: “Communication of conflict and practices of mediation”. Scientific tutor: Prof. Patrizia Violi.



Tenured Assistant Professor, University of Bologna, Department of Philosophy and Communication 2019/20 Courses of "Semiotics of Urban Spaces" (BA in Communication Studies) and "Semiotics of Memory" (MA in Semiotics).

Adjunct Professor, University of Bologna, School of Engineering and Architecture 2015-2019Teaching module of 'Communication Studies' in the Course of Industrial Design at the School of Engineering and Architecture for the University of Bologna.

Tutor, University of Bologna, Department of Philosophy and Communication 2016-2018 – Assistant professor for the courses of Visual Communication; Semiotics of Conflict; Semiotics of Memory; Geography and Cognition of European Territories; MA in Semiotics.

Teaching Assistant, University of Bologna, School of Arts, Humanities and Cultural Heritage — 2006-2018 Teaching assistant for different courses of the Master Degree in Semiotics, University of Bologna. Lectures on subjects such as: analysis of political communication, semiotics of cultures, urban semiotics, methodologies of text analysis, etc.

Thesis supervision — 2007-today Second supervisor of several dissertations for the Master Degree in Semiotics, University of Bologna.

Teacher, University of Bologna, PhD course in Semiotics — June 2012 Seminars for the PhD students of Semiotics, Istituto di Scienze Umane (SUM). Titles of the seminars: “Non siamo mai stati postmoderni? Il contributo di Bruno Latour al costruttivismo”; The Academic Research in UK: encounters, clashes and (im)possible translations” (with Dott.ssa Sara Saleri).

Teacher, ISIA Urbino — April 29th, 2011 Teaching activities in the workshop “Walk in progress” for the students of I and II level of the School of Graphic and Publishing Design, ISIA (Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche), Urbino.

Teacher, Univerza na Primorskem, Koper — July 5th-16th, 2010 Teacher at the Summer school “Meta-Humanities. The Mediterranean between Modernity and Post-Modernity: Space, Cultures, Aesthetics and Ethics”, Univerza na Primorskem, Fakulteta za humanisticne studije, Koper, Slovenija. Title of the course: The Sense of Place: a Semiotic Perspective to the Study of Space, Identity and Memory” (Introduction to Social Geography).

Teacher, Istituto di Scienze Umane SUM — February 7th, 2008 Lecturer at the training course for young Iraqi “La porta d'Occidente”, organised by Istituto di scienze umane, Sum Italia (Firenze). Title of the lecture: “Post- war restorations and politics of reconstruction of memory”.



- December 2016-today – responsible for the research on “Design d’environment et marquage du site de stockage de déchets radioactifs”, the Project “Memory”CeReS (University of Limoges) and ANDRA (Agence Nationale pour la Gestion des Déchets Radioactifs) partnership

- July 2013-June 2015 – Researcher for the project Smart cities, socio-cultural capital and cultural heritage, coordinated by University of Bologna and Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, funded by FARB ('finanziamenti dell’Università di Bologna per la ricerca di base') and FIBRA (Fondazione Culturale Italo-Brasiliana).

- September 2012 - January 2014 Researcher for the International Project Terrorscapes. Transnational Memory of Totalitarian Terror and Genocide in Postwar Europe. Funded by NWO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek), NIAS (Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences), AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) and VU Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

- May - September 2011 – Researcher in the research project e-Diasporas Atlas. Exploration and cartography of diasporas in numeric networks and digital territories. Funded by ANR (Agence national de recherche française) and Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris.



Organization (with Manar Hammad and Patrizia Violi) of the International Conference Interpreting Destruction and Reconstruction in War Situation (Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici, October, 27-28  2017)

Organization board of the International Workshop Pensare il Brasile: Parole Chiave e Città Intelligenti (Scuola superiore di studi umanistici, 10-11 June 2015)

Organization of the Interdisciplinary Workshop Il futuro della città: smart cities e nuovi spazi pubblici (Scuola superiore di studi umanistici, 19 February 2015).

Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference “Competing Memories” Competing Memories (UvA Amsterdam, 28th October - 1st November 2013)

Organization of the Balkan Trip, a research trip in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina, for “Terrorscapes" international research group and video-editing of its documentary (June 2013)

Organization of the cycle of lectures "The Balkan Afters" (Semptember 2011 - May 2012)

Scientific coordination and organization of the international and interdisciplinary workshop “Visual Cognition, Space, Memory: the Sense of Place between. Experience and Culture”, 29th June 2011, Dipartimento di Discipline della Comunicazione, Università di Bologna.

Scientific coordination of the conference “Città e catastrofe”, on behalf of Associazione culturale MomaBo, at the Salone dell'Edilizia della Fiera di Bologna (SAIE).

Organizzazione del ciclo di incontri The Balkans After (Scuola superiore di studi umanistici, Bologna).



- September 2019 - today – Researcher at CUE - International Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities “Umberto Eco”

- January - September 2019 – Research Manager at University of Bologna, Research Office

- Januay 2010 - today – Member of the Scientific Board of TraMe, Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Cultural Memory and Traumas

- May 2013 - today – Member of the editorial board of scientific journal VS.-Quaderni di studi semiotici (Il Mulino)

- September 2017 - today – Member of the Board of the Department of Philosophy and Communication (University of Bologna), as representative of the research fellows

- May 2015 - today – Member of the editorial board of Semazon. Semiotic books and publications.

- 2013-today Content manager and design (with Britt Baillie) of official Website of Terrorscapes

- 2010-today Design, maintenance and updating of the Blog of Centro TraMe. Updating of the website and other social tools (with Daniele Salerno).

- August 30– September 5, 2010 – Participation with grant to “Topografia del Trauma 2.0: Landscape Survey Workshop in the Belice Valley”, promoted by Accademia di Belle Arti of Catania “Abadir”, under the support of the Faculty of Architecture, Politecnico di Torino.

- April-June 2008 - Visiting Scholar, Sarajevo Human Right Centre (University of Sarajevo) e Beogradski centar za ljudska prava (Belgrade) — Fieldwork and research activities in Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina.

- 28 January - 6 February 2015 – Participation to a research trip in Brazil (Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte) nel quadro del progetto FARB-FIBRA “Smart cities e capitale socio-culturale”, presso le università PUC-SP, PUC-MINAS, UFMG.

- May - August 2005  Intern, at the Italian Embassy in Belgrade (Mae-Crui program). Main activities: press office and event organization



- 8th June 2017, Exegi monumentum? Stratégies de marquage du site de stockage entre spatialisation d’une mémoire et diffusion d’indices, Workshop CeReS-ANDRA Pictogrammes ou la robustesse des signes à travers le temps et l’espace, Université de Limoges.

- 9th February 2017, La guerra vista dalle macchine. Nuovi “delegati di visione” e trasformazioni estetiche dell’immagine di guerra, Workshop: RiFigurazioni - Interpretare per immagini, Lisav (Laboratorio internazionale di semiotica a Venezia), Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia.

- 20th January 2017, Modi di distruzione segnica: come si arresta la semiosi?, XXII Congresso Nazionale della Società Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio, Università di Bologna, 19-21 gennaio 2017.

- 2nd December 2016, The birth of a pet. Il coniglio: ‘buono da mangiare’ o ‘buono da coccolare’?, Conference: Zoosemiotica 2.0, forme e politiche dell’animalità, Università degli studi di Palermo, 1-2 dicembre 2016

- 28th September 2016, L’accessorio essenziale: elementi per una semiotica degli oggetti da indossare, Workshop: Complemento Oggetto: Nuovi Paradigmi dell’Accessorio, Università di Bologna, Bologna Design Week, ex Ospedale dei Bastardini, 28 settembre 2016.

- 27th June 2016, Street(icono)clashes. A case study in urban iconoclasm: the Blu affair, Guest talk in the International Workshop Ethnographic and Semiotic Perspectives on Cultural Industries in the City of Haifa, University of Haifa, Israel.

- 4th May 2016, Memoria, tracce, musei, paesaggi urbani: il caso dei Balcani occidentali, Guest talk in the conference: Musei, Traumi, Memorie del Novecento, Università di Bologna, Dipartimento di Storie, Culture e Civiltà e Scuola superiore di studi umanistici.

- 22th April 2016, How to (Un)build a Memoryscape: The visuality of Material Memory, Guest talk in the International Conference: Understanding Visual Culture, Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici, Università di Bologna.

- 25th February 2016, “The Wire e l’apparato dei media”, guest talk at the seminar “The Wire: Degrado e rigenerazione della grande città/ La serie televisiva e il caso di Baltimore”, Università di Bologna, Dipartimento di Architettura.

- 26 settembre 2015, “Flamewar, shitstorm e altre catastrofi. Litigare ai tempi del social web”, guest talk at XLIII Conference of the Associazione Italiana di Studi Semiotici, “Nuove forme di interazione dal web al mobile”, Università di Bologna, 25-27 settembre 2015.

- 26 giugno 2015, “From the Era of the Witness to an Era of Traces. An Epistemic Turn in Traumatic Memories?”, guest talk at the Workshop “The Forensic Turn in Holocaust Studies? (Re-)Thinking the Past Through Materiality”, Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien, 25-26 giugno 2015.

- 25 novembre 2014, participation to the debate “Spazio pubblico tra semiotica e progetto”, book edited by Isabella Pezzini and Nicolò Savarese, Consiglio Nazionale degli Architetti, Pianificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori, Roma.

- 4 ottobre, discussant in the panel “Italiani come perpetratori”, Conference “Il luogo, le vittime, i perpetratori: a settant'anni dagli eccidi di Monte Sole”, Scuola di Pace di Monte Sole, Sala Consiliare del Comune di Marzabotto.

- 3 ottobre 2014, “Abiti di pietra. La memoria architettonica tra repliche, indici e impronte del passato”, talk at XXI Congresso Nazionale della Società Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio, Università di Bologna, 2-4 ottobre 2014.

- June 5th, 2014, “Making YuRope. The tension between new memoryscapes in Western Balkans and European politics of memory”, guest lecture, Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA), ACCESS EUROPE's cycle of lectures.

- November 1st, 2013, “Jasenovac, Donja Gradina and Mrakovica: Clashes of Memories and Contested Pasts”, International Conference: Competing Memories, Herinneringscentrum Kamp Westerbork.

- October 29th, 2013, “Borders of Memory in Former Yugoslavia”, International Conference: Competing Memories, Universiteit van Amsterdam.

- September 11th, 2013, “Gaia, ovvero: come imparai a non preoccuparmi e ad amare i complotti”, Conference: Opinione pubblica: quali portavoce?, Centro internazionale di Semiotica e Morfologia, Urbino.

- May 18th, 2013, “La memoria della città”, Workshop: Lo spazio pubblico: semiotica e urbanistica a confronto, Seconda biennale dello spazio pubblico, Università Roma Tre.

- May 16th, 2013, “Gaia. Il volto paranoide del grillismo”, Seminar: Il caso Grillo: un oggetto semiotico, Scuola superiore di studi umanistici, Bologna.

- April 19th, 2013, “Policies of Restoration and Competing Memories in Mostar (BiH)”, History and Anthropology Workshop Re-Inventing Heritage in the Balkans, Ecole francaise d'Athènes e British School of Athens, Atene.

- January 23rd, 2013, “Examining the Imprints of Atrocity: Archaeological and Semiotic Approaches to Material Traces of Conflict”, with Caroline Sturdy-Colls, International Conference: Terrorscapes: Transnational Memory of Totalitarian Rule, Terror and Mass Violence in Europe, NIAS, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies, Wassenaar.

- November 30th, 2012, “Urban Reconstruction in Post-Conflict Cities: the Case of Mostar”, Guest Lecture, Girne American College, Faculty of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design, Girne (North Cyprus).

- November 20th, 2012, “La ricostruzione del Belìce”. Workshop: Memorie del Sisma. Pratiche di ricostruzione, gestione del trauma, partecipazione cittadina, Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici, Bologna.

- June 30th, 2012, workshop “Conflitto, politiche urbane, spatial justice. Lo spazio urbano come campo di battaglia per la costruzione di significati. Spazi della discriminazione, riots, riappropriazioni", Schiume Festival, Venezia, Forte Marghera.

- June 28th, 2012, “Sarajevo as a divided city? The post-war geographies of the city between top-down policies and bottom-up practices”. International Conference: Borderscapes III, International Geographical Union, Trieste, 27-30 giugno 2012

- May 23rd, 2012, Demonstration of the e-Diasporas Atlas, Yugoslav Section, International Congress: Homeland Connections. A Century of Transnationalism, Cité Nationale de l'Histoire de l'Immigration, Paris, 23-25 maggio 2012.

- March 7th, 2012, “Dal monumento all'urbicidio”, with Daniele Salerno, Seminar: Il senso dei luoghi. Paesaggi, valori, atmosfere, Università IUAV, Venezia.

- March 1st, 2nd, 2012 “Le tracce urbane dei conflitti. Ipotesi di mappatura dei percorsi negli spazi urbani del conflitto e del post-conflitto”, invited poster with Federico Montanari; international conference: Conflitto, pace, costruzione dello Stato e istituzioni locali, Scuola di Studi Internazionali dell'Università di Trento e Centro per la Formazione alla Solidarietà Internazionale, Facoltà di Economia, Trento.

- January 19th,2012 , “Mapping Sarajevo. Gli occhi sulla città”; conference: Self-Mapping. Esperienze condivise di mappatura urbana, CUBE - ISA UNIBO, Dipartimento di Arti Visive, Università di Bologna.

- November 29th, 2011 , “Monuments to Remember or to Forget? Landscapes of Memory and Oblivion in Former Yugoslavia and Italy”, International Workshop: Terrorscapes. Transnational Memory of Totalitarian Terror and Genocide in Postwar Europe, NIAS, Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies, Wassenaar.

- November 28th, 2011, “Balkanscapes. Urban Transformations after Urbicide in Former Yugoslavia”, International Conference: Uses, abuses and Misuses of the Holocaust Paradigm, ITF, 27-28 novembre 2011, Peace Palace, Den Haag.

- October 14th, 2011, “Vintage Ideologies. Attorno alla Jugonostalgia”, XXXIX Congresso Associazione Italiana Studi Semiotici Passioni Collettive. Cultura, politica e società, atelier “Politica, etnicità, identità”,14-16 ottobre 2011, Sorrento.

- March 14th, 2011, "Preservation and restoration: a semiotic perspective", Guest Lecture su invito, Manchester School of Architecture, University of Manchester.

- November 5th, 2010, “Post-Urbicide. Reconstructions and Ideology in former Yugoslavia”, International conferemce, Post-Conflict Cultures. Topographies of Reconstruction, Università di Bologna and School of Modern Languages and Cultures dell'Università di Nottingham, Bologna.

- October 30th, 2010, “Il caso Belice:  indagine territoriale a 40 anni dal terremoto”, con Alice Giannitrapani e Gaspare Caliri, conference“Città e catastrofe. Spazi e sensi della distruzione e della ricostruzione”, Salone internazionale dell'edilizia (SAIE), Bologna

- May 19th, 2010, “Fotografare la memoria. L'immagine fotografica tra traccia e narrazione”, workshop: “Memoria storica e cultura visuale”, Dipartimento di politica, istituzioni, storia e Dipartimento di comunicazione, Università di Bologna.

- May 18th, 2010, “Spettri (urbani) del passato. Su di alcuni “disturbi della memoria” della città postindustriale”, conference: “Le città visibili. Confini e margini fra spazio e rappresentazione”, Scuola superiore di studi umanistici, Bologna.

- October 3rd, 2009, “La metropoli futurista”, “1909/2009. Architecture in the 20th century”, Goethe Zentrum, Bologna.

- November 29th, 2008, “Urban transformations and collective memory in Belgrade”, International postgraduate conference: “Changing places, borders, memories”, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and University of Nova Gorica, Ljubljana.

- October 25th, 2008, “Cantieri della memoria. Trasformazioni urbane e strategie di autorappresentazione nelle città della ex-Jugoslavia”, conference: “Luoghi e pratiche. Costruzione, trasformazione e conservazione dei paesaggi culturali”, Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici, Università di Bologna.


SCIENTIFIC MEMBERSHIPS: AISS, Associazione italiana di studi semiotici; SFL, Società italiana di filosofia del linguaggio; SGI, Società geografica italiana; AISU, Associazione italiana di storia urbana; MSA, Memory Studies Association.