After the first researches in History of Ancient Historiography I soon turned my research more and more markedly towards the history of modern and contemporary historiography, towards problems of history theory and towards interdisciplinary research strands, aimed at identifying the statutes of the disciplines of the moral-historical world. in their relationship.
All this led me from the “internal history” of the disciplines, passing through the parallel investigations on the political thought of Hobbes, Machiavelli and extensive historical-historiographical findings, to the recognition of a “paradigm” through which Modernity affirms its scientific being.
More recent are the studies on the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century, that “crisis of European consciousness” (as can be called echoing Hazard) that comes to our days with the characteristics of an irreversible catastrophe.
The foundation of the International Society for Cultural History and the active participation in its Annual Conferences have given new substance to the spatial metaphors that my research on the state and the “public sphere” has taken on, on the “public” space in general, in the game of relationships, with a perspective that does not constitute the simple elaboration of different micro and macro-historical plans, but invests every single “object” of the historical cultural context of an unavoidable specificity.
My scientific production is necessarily varied.
ancient historiography: publications on Tacitus, Latin and Greek historiography of the imperial age, post-classical rhetoric.
relationship between the sciences of the “State” (Saatswissenscaften) and historiography in the German area particularly between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (Studies on the historical school of Gottingen, B. G. Niebuhr, Th. Mommsen);
methodological debates and theory of historical sources in the same area (studies on the “Encyclopedia of historical sciences” and on the “Encyclopedia of legal sciences”, on “Theory and philosophy of history” in the Aufklaerung);
juridical theories of “public subjectivity”, “publicity” and “form” in law with reference to the implications of the theory of politics and history and the subsequent historiographical profiles between the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (studies on Thomas Hobbes, on the wide ranging German literature about pubic law docrines of the seventeenth century and of the eighteenth century, on rational law, on the Kantian “republicanism”, on G. Jellinek);
cultural history and definition of “culture” (studies on the Kulturgeschichte with reference to the disciplinary traditions of politics and ethics, on ethical-legal historiography, on the Menger-Schmoller debate);
scientific status of modern and contemporary ethics (studies on Max Weber, on historicism);
the aporias of liberalism (studies on Tocqueville, juridical profiles of “happiness”, M. Walzer);
epistemological aspects of contemporary debate on science, knowledge and storytelling in history (studies on H. White and the Theory and History, Neostoricism and New Cultural History);
Perspectives of secularization and scientific status of modern ethics (studies on Troeltsch);
The paradigm of Modernity and its normal languages (Studies on Thomas Hobbes, S. Puendorf, Gianbattista Vico);
Europe and its crisis, first half of the twentieth century (studies on W. Benjamin, Aby Warburg, Emmanuel Lévinas);
Gender and Generations as a plot of subjectivity (Organization of a Conference of the International Society for Cultural History on “Gender and Generations; Spaces, times and identities in the game of generations “).
The current research themes refer methodologically to each other (cultural history / history of discursive practices, languages) and, in terms of content, touch “objects” already typical of the “long duration” of my scientific work but rethought in new heuristic, analytical and “normative” perspectives, in relation to the promotion of wide-ranging projects: studies on “Language Games of Citizenship”, City / Citizenship, Global City, Dialogue, Right to Dialogue, Human Rights.
More and more invited (as usual in our job) and attending to foreign universities and institutes (among others Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte in Gőttingen, Max-Planck-Institut füer Rechtsgeschichte in Frankfurt, Herzog-August-Bibliothek in Wolfenbūettel, Herder-Institut in Leipzig, Institut füer Europaeische Geschichte of Mainz, City University of New York, Law School of Harvard University, South Bank University of London, University of Buenos Aires, Trinity College of Cambridge …) I gave lectures and seminars from the wide context of my research
I worked for Sophia Europa Project, (Project of the LSI Metanexus supported by John Templeton Foundation of Philadelphia) Workgroup Culture Technology Religion in Society, coordinated by Eamonn Conway (University of Limerick) participating in the European Identity Conference: Culture Technology Religion..
I am a founding member of the International Society for Cultural History
I am part of the Scientific Committee of the National Award of Scientific Dissemination organized by AIL (Italian Association of the Book) and member of the Scientific Committee of the journal “Sciences and Research”.
From September 2015, the year of its foundation, I head the International Study and Documentation Centre for Youth Culture.
Since 2005 I have been the artistic and scientific manager of the Literature and Poetry Festival which takes place as a corollary of the International Competition of Poetry and Theater “Castello di Duino”.
Since 2008, I have been the scientific director of the “World Youth Forum Right to Dialogue”
In the field of Literature and Poetry [link] I have accumulated experiences, interventions in public events, publications of which I can no longer mention the details because theyr number is countless. I edited introduced and presented poetic collections and novels, I conducted critical readings of Italian authors and authors from other countries in their Italian reception, I organized meetings especially dedicated to dialogue between cultures.
Since 2008 I organize the annual translation seminar “s-Translating, what language can not and the translation must”, of which I have recently edited the 2017 proceedings, with a study on “Time and the literary work. The event of writing in the form of its translatability “.
The first researches in the field of ancient history led me to teach, as the holder of an annual assignment conferred continuously until the year in which I won the first round for “associate Professorship”, Roman History at the University of Calabria. After the professor title, I taught at the same University “History of Ancient Historiography”.
From 1988 to 1992 i was delegated by the Rector for relations with the region and the problems of orientation.
Since 1992 I have taught at the University of Trieste Theory and History of Historiography, Methodology and History of Historiography, Exercises of Historical Writing, and History and Criticism of Historiography (in the three-year degree in Trieste) and Methodology and History of Historiography in Inter-university Master’s Degree University of Udine.
From November 1916 I am retired, having reached 70 years of age. I commit my competences in the scientific direction of the International Study and Documentation Centre for Youth Culture, founded by myself, along with teaching commitment in summer schools and for the annual study days organized by the Centre itself (www.centrocultragiovanile.eu)
I coordinated integrated teaching programs with intensive seminars organized in the framework of Erasmus projects in collaboration with the Universities of Bilbao, Giessen, Rotterdam (on the themes: “Individualism and theories of the subject in the” social “thinking of modern and contemporary Europe” , 1990-1991, “National Identities and Integration of Humanities in Europe”, 1993, “Sovereignty and Autonomy”, 1994, History and Theory of Fundamental Rights, 1995).
I have continued to manage exchange agreements under the Socrates project with the Universities of Frankfurt Oder, Bilbao and Vilnius until the end of my academic commitment as an official professor.
At the University of Trieste I was continuously tutor for the problems of disability. I have put to good use and deepened experiences accumulated in my voluntary action. I have worked with and for many disabled students, some of whom needed more than support for studies. Of this experience which I gave my maximum as a teacher and as a person I bring many signs in my life of relationship. A part of this commitment has been merged into the two projects “Ethics of Volunteering” and “Our Citizenship”, to which I worked in the voluntary projects [link] financed by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, thus deepening from practical perspective themes already typical of my research.