Starting date
January 1, 2022
Duration (months)
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Managers or local contacts
Battisti Chiara , Brunetti Simona , Fiorato Sidia
disability studies, Health Humanities, literature, film, theatre, performance

The project aims at exploring disability within the field of disability studies and health humanities with a focus on its cultural, discursive, and linguistic dimension, as well as on the performance of disability as both a culturally constructive process and an artistic and heuristic event deeply rooted in our understanding of the human. Building on a broad conception of performance, the project will explore the multiple meanings of disability: disability as ‘performance’ in everyday life, as a metaphor and/or an issue within drama and filmic texts, novels, and poetry and as the work and stage practices of disabled performing artists. The project calls into question conventional understandings of disability through an interdisciplinary, integrated perspective bringing together disability studies/ health humanities, and theatrical, filmic, cognitive, cultural and translation studies, as well as linguistics and philosophy. It thus aims at responding to the challenge represented by the disabled body to theoretical notions of ‘performativity’; to the many alternative strategies and modalities of self-expression and perception/representation of reality; and to reflect upon the central role of performance to the formation of dis/able identities. Strictly connected areas of research include: history of medicine, medicine and theatre, communicative impairment, identification and estrangement through acting, theories of catharsis, empathy, theory of mind, fictional worlds, affect studies and literary and film criticism.


Project participants

Chiara Battisti
Associate Professor
Silvia Bigliazzi
Full Professor
Simona Brunetti
Associate Professor
Serena Dal Maso
Assistant Professor
Denis Delfitto
Full Professor
Sidia Fiorato
Associate Professor
Chiara Melloni
Associate Professor
Emanuel Stelzer
Temporary Assistant Professor

Collaboratori esterni

Maria Vender
Università di Verona
Cecilia Beecher Martins
University of Lisbon Faculty of Letters
Marta Soares
ISCSP- University of Lisbon
Research areas involved in the project
Letteratura inglese e letterature anglofone
Letteratura inglese e letterature anglofone
Critical Theory & Poetics
Letteratura inglese e letterature anglofone
Cultural Studies and Mentalities
Letteratura inglese e letterature anglofone
Literature (General): Comparative literature  (DFLL)
Letteratura inglese e letterature anglofone
Literature (General): Comparative literature  (DLLS)
Letteratura inglese e letterature anglofone


Research facilities