Dr Giovanni Pietro Vitali
School of Languages Literatures and Cultures
Giovanni Pietro Vitali is a Marie Curie Research Fellow at University College Cork, the University of Reading and New York University. Previously, he worked from 2014 to 2018 in France as a lecturer of Italian Studies at the University of Lorraine and the University of Poitiers and in 2012-2013 he was contractual researcher at University for Foreigners of Perugia in a ministerial research project of the FIRB programme (Italian Foundation for Research), in cooperation with the Universities of Verona, Bologna and Modena-Reggio Emilia. This was a research fellowship on a project regarding Italian online pragmatic competence. He is associated researcher at Oxford University where he is the Digital Humanities advisor of the project Prismatic Translation.
He holds a Ph.D. in Linguistic Sciences at the University for Foreigners Perugia, and in Italian Literature at the University of Lorraine, with a thesis devoted to the analysis of proper names, notably noms de guerre, in the works of partisan author Beppe Fenoglio.
His main research interests revolve around Digital Humanities, Linguistics, Dialectology, Onomastics, Contemporary Literatures and Musicology.
One of the main aims of his research activity is to describe the contemporary perception of cultural and social events of the historical heritage.
Outline of Project
His Marie S Curie project, Last Letters from the World Wars: Forming Italian Language, Identity and Memory in Texts of Conflict, deals with a linguistic and thematic analysis of the last letters of people sentenced to death to death during the First and the Second World Wars, conducted with digital humanities tools. The digitisation of these epistolary texts will be harnessed to explore the construction of post-War European identities and politics – in particular, the new perception of gender roles (considering for instance that women gained the right to vote in Italy at the end of the Second World War); attitudes towards conflict itself; and the formation of Italian identity through language. The research is supported by Europeana14-18 and the Italian Institute for the History of the Resistance, and is hosted by University College Cork. It is supervised by Dr Silvia Ross, Senior Lecturer in Italian, with an international research record in contemporary Italian literature