Fra kósmos e pólis: identità e cittadinanza da una prospettiva mediterranea

Georgetown University Rome Office

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Georgetown University Rome Office

Georgetown University Rome Office

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Georgetown University Rome Office

Fra kósmos e pólis: identità e cittadinanza da una prospettiva mediterranea (2023), a new volume edited by Debora Tonelli, is a collection of seven essays written by scholars in the philosophical, literary, and theological fields that discuss the challenges of identity and citizenship from a Mediterranean perspective. In between the romantic vision joyfully portrayed by Marcel Braudel and the disenchanted cynicism of contemporary political science, there is a very large gray area in which it is possible to rediscover what unites the people of the Mediterranean without denying the tensions and interests that divide them. The recognition of tensions along with the rediscovery of commonalities serves as inspiration to develop a lexicon capable of overcoming not only geopolitical borders that divide human beings, but also cultural, religious, political, and economic barriers. Mediterranean citizenship is still possible if we accept the challenge of refocusing the gaze and engaging in dialogue to acquire an overall vision. The volume is the first of the “Lessico Mediterraneo” series directed by Antonio Cecere, vice president of Filosofia in Movimento.

The essays are written by A. De Santis, D. Tonelli, N. Panichi, A. Taraborrelli, P. Costa, M. Maione, and G. Summerfield


Debora Tonelli (Georgetown University representative in Rome): institutional greetings

Massimo Leone (Director  FBK-ISR, Trento): institutional greetings

Antonio Cecere (Filosofia in Movimento) and Roberto Revello (Editorial director of the publishing house Mimesis) present the book series “Lessico Mediterraneo”.

Presenting the volume:

Massimo Leone – Director  FBK-ISR, Trento

Angela Taraborrelli – Università di Cagliari

Discussion with the audience


  • Massimo LEONE 2022 - Foto accademica
    Massimo Leone is Director of the Center for Religious Studies, FBK, Full Professor of Philosophy of Communication at the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences, University of Turin, Italy, Visiting Full Professor of Semiotics in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, University of Shanghai, China, Associate Member of Cambridge Digital Humanities, Cambridge University. He is a 2018 ERC Consolidator Grant recipient. He holds a DEA in History and Semiotics of Texts and Documents from Paris VII, an MPhil in Word and Image Studies from Trinity College Dublin, a PhD in Religious Studies from the Sorbonne, and a PhD in Art History from the University of Fribourg (CH).
  • Angela Taraborrelli is Associate Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Cagliari. Her research is focused on cosmopolitanism, democracy, migration, topics of modern and contemporary political philosophy. Her publications include: Dal cittadino del mondo al mondo dei cittadini. Saggio su Kant (2004) and Contemporary Cosmopolitanism (2015, expanded version of the Italian edition, Laterza 2011) and numerous articles in various national and international magazines. She is a member of the Italian Society of Political Philosophy, of the Italian Society of Critical Theory, and of the Italian Society of Kantian Studies and of the editorial board of “Cosmopolis. Journal of philosophy and political theory” and “History and politics”. You collaborated with Rai Cultura in the period 2012-2019.
  • Antonio Cecere studied political philosophy with Stefano Petrucciani and Mario Reale, and is currently an expert in the subject at the chair of History of the Philosophy of the Enlightenment at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata". He is the author of essays and studies on the French Enlightenment and the Mediterranean Enlightenment. Vice president of the “Filosofia in Movimento” research group, editor of the international journal of Mediterranean studies I.S. MED (Auburn University- Alabama) and member of the scientific committee and of the scientific evaluation committee of the Observatory on Cooperation and Security in the Mediterranean (OCSM) of the University of Salerno. Among his latest works: Lumi sul Mediterraneo (2019) edited with Antonio Coratti; Lessico Resistente (2019); Utopia and Critica nel Mediterraneano (2021) curato con Laura Paulizzi and Illuminismo Mediterraneo (2021) with Halima Ouanada and Dionysis Drosos.
  • Roberto Revello wrote a PhD in philosophy of social sciences and symbolic communication (University of Insubria of Varese), currently a contract professor, holds a course on "Immaginari religiosi e rappresentazioni mediatiche". He is interested in social and religious imaginaries and the philosophy of religions. He edited, among other things, the edition of some works by Henry Corbin and on the same author he published in 2019: "Ciò che appare nello specchio. Docetismo e metafisica dell'immagine in Henry Corbin". He is a member of the Italian Society of History of Religion (SISR).
  • Speaker
    Debora Tonelli is the Georgetown University Representative in Rome and Permanent Researcher at the Fondazione Bruno Kessler – Centro per le Scienze Religiose and Invited Lecturer in Political Philosophy , Politic and Religion and Theology at Pontifical Athenaeum S. Anselmo and at Gregoriana University (Roma). She worked as Visiting Scholar at Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life – Columbia University (NY, fall semester 2015), at Berkley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs – Georgetown University (Washington D. C. Spring 2017) and as Affiliated at Georgetown University (Washington D. C. Spring 2019). Since July 2021 she is a Research Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs.

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