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Riccardo Campi

Associate Professor

Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Academic discipline: L-LIN/03 French Literature

Curriculum vitae

Academic Training

Riccardo Campi completed his philosophy studies at the University of Bologna, graduating with honors in theoretical Philosophy, in the y. 1988/1989, with a thesis entitled The “second substance” of Aristotle and the problem of accidental identity, presented by Prof. Enzo Melandri, in whose school he was trained.

Academic career

From April 1999 to November 2002 he received a research grant at the Philosophy Department of the University of Bologna.

Since October 2014 he is a fixed-term researcher, type b) (senior).

He obtained the national scientific qualification for the functions of second level professor in the competition sector 10 / F1 - Italian Literature, Literary Criticism and Comparative Literature (on December 5, 2014).

He obtained (on July 3, 2015) the national scientific qualification for the functions of second level professor in the competition sector 10 / H1 - Language, Literature and French Culture.

Teaching activity

After graduation, he obtained the qualification to teach history and philosophy in high schools.

From the academic year 1995-96 to 1998-99, he taught History and Philosophy at the high schools of the province of Treviso.

Between 1993 and 2005, he collaborated in teaching and research activities coordinated by Prof. Paolo Bagni at the Aesthetics section of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bologna.

In this context, he has dedicated himself to the study of some aspects of French eighteenth-century aesthetics; the results of these researches have come together into a volume of essays, entitled Le conchiglie di Voltaire.

At the Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures of the University of Bologna he has collaborated as a “tutor” in the teaching activities of the chair of “Poetics and Rhetoric” in the academic years 2005-06 and 2006-07.

As an “adjunct professor”, he held a course on “Poetics and Rhetoric” at the Faculty in the ay. 2007-2008, of “Aesthetics” in the academic years 2008-09 and 2009-10 and “French Literature” from the academic year 2010-11 to the academic year 2014-15.

From November 15 to December 15, 2010 he stayed at the Paris VII-Denis Diderot University as a “professeur invité”, carrying out teaching and research activities.

She spent the month of May 2016 in Amiens at the Université de Picardie-Jules Verne (UPJV), as an “enseignant-chercheur visitant”, as part of the CERCLL research team, with a report on “La fonction du hasard dans la structure de l’Éducation sentimentale de Flaubert” and carrying out research on the literary representation of Paris between the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries.

Scientific activity

He was part of the organizing committee of the conference “Medieval Poetics: Confrontations and Encounters: Arab-Islamic Tradition and Western Tradition”, held at the University of Bologna, 11-13 May 2000.

From October 2001 to June 2002 he stayed in Paris, and from September to December 2002 in Brussels, to carry out research on the idea of literary tradition and the theory of quotation. Part of these investigations is the collection of essays entitled Citing Tradition (Florence, Alinea, 2003); further investigations developed in Fables for dialectics. Allegory and modernity (Milan, Mimesis, 2005).

From January 2004 to December 2011 he collaborated as “membre étranger” at the “Equipe de Théorie littéraire et Sciences Humaines” of the CNRS of Paris (Université Denis Diderot-Paris VII).

Between 2003 and 2005, within the framework of the Thematic Network named ACUME (Approaching Culture Memory), coordinated by prof. Vita Fortunati and financed by the European Community, he has intervened at various conferences and seminars: a collection of the speeches delivered on such occasions has appeared under the title Invention and oblivion. Investigations on literary tradition (Milan, Medusa, 2005).

He is part of the scientific committee of the FIMIM research center and of the study center on the Belgian literature of French languages of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

He spoke at the following conferences and seminars:

“Seminar on Quotation”, held at the Inter-University Center of Bertinoro, 26-27 September 2001, with a report entitled Citing Tradition. On the final of The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot;

“Anachronies de la mémoire”, held at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III, 17-19 September 2003, with a report titled Primo Levi: Dante à Auschwitz;

“Anacronia and rereading of the founding texts”, held at the University “La Sapienza”, Rome, 3-4 June 2004, with a report titled Rewritings of Dante in the last Pasolini;

XXXII Interuniversity Convention “Contrafactum. Copy, imitation, forgery”, held in Bressanone, 8-11 July 2004, with a report titled Falsifying the unspeakable: testimonies, narratives, falsifications of the Holocaust;

“Anachronies et passages de la mémoire”, held at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III, 23-25 September 2004, with a report entitled La tradition comme obsession: présences de Chamfort chez Beckett;

“Myths, Foundation Texts, Imagined Communities”, held at the Kárlova University, Prague, 5-7 November 2004, with a report entitled Continuité et discontinuité de la tradition;

“Rivoluzioni dell’antico”, held at the University of Bologna, 29 November-1 December 2004, with a report titled Dialectics and critique of the classic in the aesthetics of T.W. Adorno;

XXXIII Interuniversity Conference “The polemical discourse”, held in Bressanone, 7-10 July 2005, with a report entitled Infamies of Writing. About the libels of L.-F. Céline;

“Littérature, mémoire, oubli”, held at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III, 26-27 September 2005, with a report titled Oubli et histoire. Une question de méthode;

“La production du sens”, held at the Université Denis Diderot-Paris VII, 10 December 2005, with a report entitled Une question de détail;

XXXV Interuniversity Conference “The legacy of Erich Auerbach”, held in Brixen, 5-8 July 2007, with a report entitled Beyond the “mimesis”: Auerbach reader of Flaubert;

“Actuality of the Fleurs du Mal and of Madame Bovary”, held at the University of Bologna, 15-16 November 2007, with a report entitled “Everything for me becomes allegory”: Benjamin, reader of Baudelaire;

“Discours littéraires, discours des sciences humaines, discours scientifiques: des leurs proximités et des leurs recoupements”, held at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III, 7 December 2007, with a report entitled Borgès et l’infini;

XXXVI Interuniversity Convention “Leo Spitzer: style and method”, held in Bressanone, 10-13 July 2008, with a report titled Spitzer reader of Voltaire;

“Complexité et autopoïesis: sciences aux sciences humaines et à littérature”, held at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III, 19-20 September 2008, with a report entitled Samuel Beckett: “Sans”;

XXXVII Interuniversity Conference “Ernst Robert Curtius and the cultural identity of Europe”, held in Bressanone, July 13-16, 2009, with a report entitled Crisis of culture and tradition apology in Curtius.

International Conference “Contours of the City”, held in Bologna, 3-5 May 2012, with a report (in Italian) entitled Paris Portrayed: a New Discursive Statute for the City in the Eighteenth Century;

Colloque International “Conte et histoire. 1690-1800 ”, held at the Université Jean Moulin-Lyon 3, 23-25 January 2013, with a report entitled Voltaire et le bon usage de l’anecdote.

Study day “Actuality and legacy of the Eighteenth century: ideas, forms, values”, held in Bologna, September 30, 2015, at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Modern Cultures, with a report entitled: The Voltaire judeophobia and the limits of Enlightenment;

Colloque International “Enjeux, formes et motifs du portrait dans les récits de fiction et dans les récits historiques de l’époque classique (XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles)”, held at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne, 21-23 October 2015, with a report entitled Crise du portrait de Vauvenargues à Chamfort.

“Bordelon, moraliste romancier” study day, held at the Université Paris-Sorbonne (CELLF, “Groupe d’études de moralistes”), 4 June 2016, with a report entitled: Les “romans cachées” dans le jardin du Luxembourg: Vauvenargues entre regard de moraliste et imagination romanesque.

Colloque International “La littérature et les arts face au terrorisme”, held in Amiens at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne, 29 September-1 October 2016, with a report entitled: Zola et le terrorisme anarchiste fin-de-siècle.

Seminar of the Herméneutique des Lumières Research Group (FNS / Synergia): “Lire les Lumières”, held in Bologna at the Department of Philosophy and Communication, meeting on 30 November 2016, with a report (in Italian) of the title: Voltaire “philosophe”.

International Congress “Theory and Criticism of Systems in the Eighteenth Century”, held in Bologna on September 13-15, 2017, at the Department of Philosophy and Communication, with a report entitled: The Order of History. System and method in the historical works of Voltaire.

Colloque-Workshop del Gruppo di ricerca internazionale LEA ! (Lire en Europe Aujourd’hui): “Trop de notes. Gloser la littérature aujourd’hui”, tenutosi il 13-14 dicembre 2018 presso l’Université di Anversa, con una comunicazione dal titolo: Eliot annotateur de lui-même.

Colloque International “L’Imperfection littéraire et artistique, II”, tenutosi il 28-30 marzo 2019 presso l’Université de Rouen Normandie, con una relazione dal titolo: Pour une histoire de l’imperfection : Montesquieu et la « manière gothique ».

Convegno Internazionale “Myth and Dream / The Dreaming of Myth - Sogno e mito / Sognare il mito”, tenutosi a Bologna il 23-24 maggio 2019 presso il Dipartimento di Lingue, letterature e culture moderne, con una relazione dal titolo: Il “realismo onirico” di Nerval. A proposito di Les nuits d’octobre.

Giornata di studio “Alma Dantedì 2022. Dall’Alma Mater al mondo. Dante all’Università di Bologna”, tenutasi a Bologna il 25 marzo 2022 presso il Dipartimento di Italianistica, con una relazione dal titolo: Voltaire traduttore infedele di Dante.

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