Starting date
October 1, 2019
Duration (months)
Cultures and Civilizations, Foreign Languages and Literatures
Managers or local contacts
Battisti Chiara
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.


Project participants

Valentina Adami
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
Felice Gambin
Full Professor
Chiara Melloni
Associate Professor
Nicola Pasqualicchio
Associate Professor
Emanuel Stelzer
Temporary Assistant Professor
Gherardo Ugolini
Associate Professor
Maria Vender
Temporary Assistant Professor
Roberta Zanoni
Teaching Assistant

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


Research facilities