Data inizio
1 ottobre 2019
Durata (mesi) 
Culture e Civiltà, Lingue e Letterature Straniere
Responsabili (o referenti locali)
Battisti Chiara
Parole chiave
Medical Humanities, Disability Studies, Performance Studies

The project aims at exploring disability within the field of medical humanities and critical medical 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 texts and novels, 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 performance and disability studies, linguistics, philosophy, cognitive, cultural and translation studies. It thus aims at responding to the challenge represented by the disabled body to theoretical notions of ‘performativity’; to the strategies and modalities of expression of (possibly) different processes of thought determined by disability itself; and to reflect upon the ‘theatricality’ of disability and the central role of performance to the formation of disability identities. Additional 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 criticism.


Partecipanti al progetto

Valentina Adami
Chiara Battisti
Professore associato
Silvia Bigliazzi
Professore ordinario
Simona Brunetti
Professore associato
Serena Dal Maso
Denis Delfitto
Professore ordinario
Sidia Fiorato
Professore associato
Felice Gambin
Professore ordinario
Chiara Melloni
Professore associato
Nicola Pasqualicchio
Professore associato
Emanuel Stelzer
Ricercatore a tempo determinato
Gherardo Ugolini
Professore associato
Maria Vender
Ricercatore a tempo determinato
Roberta Zanoni
Cultore della materia

Collaboratori esterni

Rosy Colombo
Sapienza Università di Roma Professor of English
Guido Avezzù
già Università di Verona Professore Ordinario
Bianca Del Villano
Università di Napoli 'L'Orientale' Associate Professor of English Language
Tzachi Zamir
Hebrew University of Jerusalem Department of English Professor of English and General & Comparative Literature
Gaetano Fiorin
University College Utrecht Fellow of Linguistics