Silvia Ferrara, Professor of Aegean Philology, was previously Associate Professor at Sapienza, University of Rome. She returned to Italy in 2011, with the "reverse brain drain" programme entitled to Rita Levi Montalcini. She studied Archaeology and Classics at University College London and Oxford. After her PhD (2006), she became Junior Research Fellow in Archaeology at St John’s College, Oxford (2006-2010). She taught at University College London, Oxford, Cambridge, and Rome.
She is the Principal Investigator of the ERC Consolidator Grant (2018-2023) INSCRIBE (Invention of Scripts and their Beginnings), which focuses on the invention of writing.
She is interested in the phenomenon of writing, its invention and development, and its interface between art, language, material culture, visual perception and cognitive mechanisms. Her forthcoming book, Origins of Writing in the Eastern Mediterranean, Oxford University Press, focuses on the dynamics involved in the formation of early scripts in local contexts in the Mediterranean, and the strategies linked to script borrowing processes in multicultural environments.
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