Giovanna Guerzoni was born in Modena on the 5th December 1963.
Resident in Modena, married, three daughters. She is researcher in
Demo-ethno-anthropological Disciplines at the Department of
Education Science of the University of Bologna. She is Professor of
Cultural Anthropology, degree course in Primary Education Science
(Faculty of Education Science-University of Bologna).
Partner of Aisea and Lecob. Member of the Scientific
Committee of the Gramsci Foundation, Emilia-Romagna.
1991: Graduated in Pedagogy from the University of Bologna with
a thesis in Cultural Anthropology.
1996: Ph.D in Social Psychology with the thesis Social
Representations of Human Rights in the contemporary
Society (supervisors Augusto Polmonari, University of Bologna
and Willelm Doise, University of Geneva), University of
1996-1998: scholarship holder with a research in Anthropology
of Human Rights and Bioethics (supervisor Matilde Callari
Galli, University of Bologna).
A.Y. 2007-2008: Professor of “Cultural Anthropology”, degree
course in Primary Education Science and “Anthropology and
Ethnography of social Exclusion”, second level degree course
in Pedagogy, Faculty of Education Science, University of
A.Y. 2006/2007;2007/2008: Professor of “Cultural Anthropology”,
degree course in Asian Languages, Markets and Culture , Faculty of
Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bologna.
A.Y. 2001-2006/2007: Professor of Anthropology of Health at the
Post-graduate school of Health Psychology.
She is currently professor of “Epistemology and Anthropology of
Complexity”, at the Ph.D. School, University of Bergamo;
professor of “ International Co-operation and sustainable
Development”, University of Bologna; professor of “Diversity
Management” at the European Ph.D. Of the University of Bologna
(Italy), Graz (Austria), Sofia (Bulgaria).
Several teaching activities within the following Master
Programmes: 2003/2004-2005/2006 “Politics, Competence and
Intercultural Socio-educational Strategies”, University of Bologna
; “International Co-operation and Educational Dimension”, Faculty
of Education Science; 2004-2005 II level Master in “Human Rights
and Ethics of International Co-operation”, University of
Bergamo. 2001-today: Contract Professor of “Cultural Anthropology”
at the Faculty of Education Science, University of Bolzano.
Since 1987 Anthropology of Education has been the field of
1984-1987: Interdisciplinary research on “Childhood between
17th and 18th century”, promoted by the Municipality of Modena
and the Region Emilia-Romagna in collaboration with the Department
of Education Science, University of Bologna (scientific
co-ordinators Piero Bartolini and Matilde Callari Galli) carried
out with the realization of an exhibition in Bologna and Florence
titled “Per amore e per forza. L'infanzia tra ‘800 e ‘900”.
Participation in two researches commissioned by Rai-Sat2
Ragazzi: - “Cultural models and formation of cultural
identity processes. The role of television programmes in the
processes of identity building in a multicultural
context”(scientific co-ordinator: Matilde Callari Galli and Gualtiero
Harrison (1997/1999); - “Cultural models and formation of the
cultural identity processes. Analyses and reception processes of
childhood TV programmes”(scientific co-ordinator Matilde
Callari Galli, 2000/2004). Further research titled: “Grow Women
in Technology: Grow through the net” (2000-2002), promoted by
Enaip and the Region Emilia-Romagna, dedicated to the relation
between new technologies and gender.
Educational field research: “Theatre at school. Practices,
imaginaries, resources of “making theatre” in educational contexts.
Experiences of the school of Modena”(scientific co-ordinators
Giovanna Guerzoni and Daniela Soci, 2006-2008), promoted by the
municipality of Modena, by TheatreSchool office of the Centre of
Documentation Memo and by Ater Emilia-Romagna.
2005-2007: Participation in the interdisciplinary research of
the Department of Education Science (scientific co-ordinator
M.Grazia Contini) on “The educational care in multicultural
contexts”. Since 2009 the attention within this area has been
focused on the issue of “Childhoods and migrant Families in the
nursery school”. This perspective of analysis qualifies also my
involvement in the PRIN research (scientific co-ordinator Matilde
Callari Galli) on “Young migrants, migratory processes and
2011-2012: Participation in the interdisciplinary research
of the Department of Education Science and of the Region
Emilia-Romagna on "Gender, Educational Relationships,
Participation (as UNIBO Unit Coordinator) in the interdisciplinary Comenius project of
research on SAS "Success at school" 2012-2013 with a network
of european associations and istitutions (Assfam, Iriv, Ergo
Institute, University of Bologna, University of Nothampton,
The Success At School (SAS) was a 2 years project which aimed at helping young people who left or were at risk of leaving education to continue their participation. The project used volunteering as an approach to engage young people and provide them with skills and competences useful to their education. Through volunteering and a focused mentoring process, the SAS project aimed at bringing together voluntary associations, youth groups, schools, teachers, mentors, and above all young people to apply their knowledge, skills and aspirations in developing innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to address disengagement and non-participation in education.
www. successatschool.eu [http://www.edu.unibo.it/it/risorse/link/progetto-comenius-sas-success-at-school]
The second field of research (1993-2007) has been dealing with
the study of social and cultural representations of human rights in
the contemporary society. The research “Adopt one right”,
promoted by the Ministry of Education, Region Emilia-Romagna, CdLei
of Bologna and by the Department of Education Science.
Anthropology of Tourism has been the third area of interest.
Together with Matilde Callari Galli I co-ordinated three important
international research projects on cultural tourism, supported by
- 2002-2004: “Training
course for experts in planning, management and development of
cultural tourism in the Adriatic-Ionian Region” (Croatia-
Bosnia Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro).
- 1999-2007 “Cultural
Tourism in Bulgaria. Training course for Cultural Operators
and Development of Museums. Integrated project of
analysis/intervention for the cultural tourism in multicultural
I” and “Culture II” promoted by the Municipality of
Bologna and Tuzla (Bosnia).
In the last years I have been involved as responsible of the
Anthropological Area in the University Strategic Project
“M.i.c.r.o” (2006-2008) about micro-credit as social
intervention tool against poverty. Among its first activities,
several training courses (Caltagirone; Carpi (Modena) (2007/2008);
the realisation of a “Plan of practicality for the
implementation of experiences of Micro-credit Grameen
I ‘m currently member of a group of study about “Old and new
poverty” (co-ordinator M.Callari Galli) at the Foundation Gramsci
Institute Emilia-Romagna (2009-).
I have been collaborating in two researches promoted by the
Province of Bolzano: “With new Cultures”, about the
involvement of migrant communities in local cultural activities;
“Firmian” , project of activation of citizen participation
in cultural activities, with particular attention to the new
quarters of the city of Bolzano.
2014- present: Project “Territories making… school” promoted by SEST-San Donato District (Municipality of Bologna) in collaboration with the Department of Education Studies (UNIBO; scientific coordinator: Giovanna Guerzoni) and the Scuole Medie “Saffi” (Research Team: Giovanna Guerzoni, Fulvia Antonelli, Vincenzo Savini, Paola Marchetti, Filomena Massaro). In 2015 the ReSta Protocol was activated: the Protocol brings together the Municipality of Bologna, the Department of Education Studies and the Secondary School “Rubbiani” and it aims at both investigating and contrasting school drop-out. In 2016 a similar Protocol bringing together the Municipality of Bologna, the Department of Education Studies and the Secondary School “Arcangeli” was activated.
2017- Member of the University of Bologna Advisory Board sustaining the Metropolotan Strategic Plan activities carried out within the agreement between the Minicippalitu of Bologna and the University of Bologna