Simona Marchesini

Founding member, coordinator and scientific head of Alteritas. A historical linguist, she graduated in Classical Archaeology in Pisa and obtained her doctorate in Glottology (vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft) in Tübingen. A member of various scientific societies, she has worked as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Tübingen, the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa and the University of Verona. He has taught at the Universities of Tübingen and Verona. She is a specialist in Fragmentary Languages of Pre-Roman Italy, to which she has devoted several monographs (including Prosopographia Etrusca, Gentium Mobilitas, Rome 2007; Le lingue frammentarie dell’Italia antica, Milan 2007), numerous articles and epigraphic corpora (Monumenta Linguae Messapicae, Wiesbaden 2002; Monumenta Linguae Raeticae, Rome 2015). She was recently Vice-Chair of the international project on fragmentary languages Ancient European Languages and Writings (AELAW, COST Action IS 1407 and Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin (Long Room Hub). He currently coordinates Alteritas in two European projects: SELECT. Self-Learning Atlas of Ancient European Cultures (2020-2023, Erasmus + K2A) and xFormal. Informal and Non-Formal E-Learning for Cultural Heritage (MCSA RISE 2021-2024). CV updated 3.09.21.

Nicoletta Martinelli

Founding partner and member of the Scientific Committee of Alteritas. She obtained a postgraduate degree in Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of Pisa and a PhD in Archaeological Sciences from the University of Padua. A professional dendrochronologist at the Dendrodata Laboratory in Verona, he is a specialist in absolute chronology and dendrotypology applied to archaeological and pile-dwelling contexts. As an expert, he has participated and still participates in research groups set up by the MiC and is a member of the Italian working group for the transnational serial UNESCO site ‘Prehistoric pile-dwelling sites in the Alps’. He taught Dendrochronology at the University of Verona from 2003 to 2011 and in 2017 he participated in teaching and research activities at the LTRR (Laboratory for Tree Ring Research) of the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ,USA) as a Haury Visiting Scholar. In 2014, he obtained his teaching qualification as Associate Professor in Archaeological Research Methodologies. Since 1996 he has been Laboratory Manager of the Prehistory Section of the Civic Museum of Natural History of Verona, also participating in research in agreement with Italian and foreign institutions. He is the author of over 200 scientific publications.

Alfredo Buonopane

Ordinary member. Member of the Scientific Committee. Associate Professor of Roman History at the University of Verona. Collaborates with the National Academic Union for the edition of the Supplementa Italica (new series) and with the Berlin Academy of Sciences for the edition of the issues of volume XVII of the Corpus inscriptionum Latinarum, (milestones of Tuscany, Umbria, Campania, Basilicata and Calabria). He participates in the international project F.E.R.C.A.N. (Fontes epigraphici religionis Celticae antiquae) and in the international project E.M.I.R.E. dedicated to the study of municipal elites in the Roman world. Full member of the Deputazione di Storia Patria delle Venezie, full member of the Accademia di Agricoltura, Scienze e Lettere di Verona, correspondent member of the Accademia Roveretana degli Agiati and the Società Trentina di Studi Storici.

Maria Clara Rossi

Ordinary member. Member of the Scientific Committee. Teaches History of Christianity and the Churches at the TeSIS department – Time. Space, Image and Society – of the University of Verona. She is the author of monographs on the history of the Verona Church (Gli ‘uomini’ del vescovo. Familiae vescovili a Verona – 1259-1350, Venice 2001; Governare una Chiesa. Vescovi e clero a Verona nella prima metà del Trecento, Verona 2003) and numerous contributions on religious life and medieval ecclesiastical institutions. More recently, her research topics have been oriented towards the religion of medieval women (Margini di libertà: Testamenti femminili nel medioevo, edited by M.C. Rossi, Verona 2010) and the history of adoption in the Middle Ages and early modern age. She is responsible for a research project entitled Dynamics of Charity and Family Circuits. Adoption and fostering practices in the Middle Ages and early modern age. Co-directs the periodical series ‘Quaderni di storia religiosà since 2012.

Rosa Roncador

 Ordinary member. President of Alteritas Trentino ( In October 2000 he graduated in Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Bologna with a mark of 110/110 cum laude. In March 2006 he specialised in Archaeology at the School of Specialisation (University of Bologna) with a score of 70/70 cum laude and in September 2011 he obtained a PhD in Archaeology from the same university. She has been collaborating since 2005 with the Archaeological Heritage Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento. Her assignments include the planning and realisation of didactic routes, studies of archaeological material, research projects (the ‘Karnyx di Sanzeno’ project) and the editing of conference proceedings. She has taken part in numerous research projects and archaeological excavations in both France and Italy.

Paola Gueresi

Ordinary member. Member of the Scientific Committee. She holds a degree in Biological Sciences, a PhD in Anthropological Sciences, and is qualified for the second level of university teaching in Anthropology. At the University of Bologna, where she was a confirmed researcher, she held courses in Human Ecology, Human Population Biology and Anthropometry; she also taught Anthropology at the University of Verona. His current research activity concerns the biodemographic structure of Alpine populations and the variability of anthropometric traits in adolescents and centenarians. She is a member of the European Anthropological Association, the Italian Anthropological Association and the Italian Society of Historical Demography.

Silvia Negrotti

Ordinary member. Responsible for the project ‘Meeting the Other in Prison’. Qualitative Researcher. She holds a degree in psychology, with clinical training and specialisation in ethnopsychiatry and has been involved in qualitative research since 1992. She works freelance for institutions and companies. With CELE she has conducted socio-psycholinguistic research and ethnological and anthropological studies, in which she uses different research methodologies and projective techniques.

Silvia Carraro

 Ordinary member. Responsible for the ‘Alter-habilitas’ project and editor of the miscellaneous volume ( Research fellow at the University of Verona. She obtained her Phd at the University of Milan (2012) with a research on Venetian female monasticism that earned her the first ‘Franca Pieroni Bortolotti’ prize awarded by the Italian Society of Historians. She has collaborated with the University of Verona and the State Archives of Venice. She has published articles on Venetian religious life and the history of disability in local and foreign journals and participated in national and international conferences (Lleida, École Française de Rome).

Sabaudin Varvarica

Ordinary member. He holds a degree in Modern Languages from the University of Tirana, a Master’s degree in Cultural Mediation (2003-2004) and a PhD in Historical and Anthropological Sciences from the University of Verona (2013). She participated in field research for the publication Luoghi e pratiche sociali: un confronto fra antropologia e psicologia (“DiPav Quaderni” 14, 2005) and for L’Altro/a tra noi. Perceptions of borders by and among Italian adolescents (Fondazione Intercultura Onlus, 2009). He participated in the project Interaction between peoples in prison. Survey on the perception of the other in imprisonment: the example of Montorio (for Alteritas, 2013-2014). She has published The social world of migrant parents from Albania and their children: transformations compared between Verona and Birmingham (in Migrant Parents, edited by V. Maher, 2012); The new generation of children of migrant parents from Albania between individual aspirations and parental expectations (in Second and third generation. Integration and identity in the children of migrants and mixed couples edited by Simona Marchesini, Nicoletta Martinelli, Anna Paini, Mariaclara Rossi, 2014); Only an arm of the sea: metaphors of Albanian migration (in Dalle Parole ai Fatti, edited by V. Maher, 2014). Her scholarly interests lie in areas related to the anthropology of migration and prisons.

Emanuele Piazza

Emanuele Piazza is Associate Professor in Medieval History at the Department of Educational Sciences, University of Catania. His research activities investigate the sources of the Romano-barbarian kingdoms, the history of mentality in the Early Middle Ages and the political and religious history of Sicily between the fifth and ninth centuries. He is member of the Grupo de Investigación y Estudios Medievales (GIEM) del Centro de Estudios Históricos (CEHis) de la Facultad de Humanidades de la Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (Argentina); of the Scientific Board of the Centro studi Longobardi; of Episcopus: Society for the Study of Bishops and the Secular Clergy in the Middle Ages; of the Association Internationale d’Études Patristiques/International Association of Patristic Studies; of the Associazione italiana per lo studio della santità, dei culti e dell’agiografia”; of the PSALM-Network (Politics, Society and Liturgy in the Middle Ages). CV updated 13.09.21

Cristina Girardi

Ordinary member. Historian (epigrapher), she graduated in Latin Epigraphy at the University of Verona and obtained her doctorate in Historical Studies at the University of Padua in cotutela with the Universidad de Zaragoza. She held an annual DAAD research grant at the Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts in Munich. She conducted secondments at the Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum section) in Berlin and at the University of Graz. She has taught Epigraphy of Production and Distribution at the University of Verona. Her research interests revolve around the interaction between pre-Roman and Roman cultures, with a focus on religious aspects, and the study of instrumentuminscriptum. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, available in open-access on Academia (, and of over 500 EDR (Epigraphic Database Roma) records. She is currently a researcher in two European projects coordinated by Alteritas: SELECT. Self-Learning Atlas of Ancient European Cultures (Erasmus + K2A) and xFormal. Informal and Non-Formal E-Learning for Cultural Heritage (MCSA RISE).

Silvia Braito

 A Roman historian and Epigrapher, she graduated in Latin Epigraphy at the University of Verona and obtained her PhD in Historical and Anthropological Sciences at the School of Historical, Geographical and Anthropological Studies of the Universities of Verona, Padua and Venice Ca’ Foscari. Since 2016 she has been a researcher for the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum project, directed by the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans in Barcelona in collaboration with the LITTERA group of the Universitat de Barcelona, of which she has been a member since 2019. Her topics of interest range from the study of the instrumentum inscriptum to the role of local elites in Roman Italy, to an in-depth study of the world of women in ancient times to the dynamics of online trade in inscribed objects. She is the author of scientific contributions ( and two recently published monographs: Inscripcions Romanes de Ruscino (SEBarc Annexos IV / Studies on Ruscino II), Barcelona 2019, with M. Mayer i Olivé and V. González Galera, and L’imprenditoria al femminile nell’Italia romana: le produttrici di opus doliare (Armariolum, 2), Rome 2020 (, the second volume of which is currently being completed thanks to a grant awarded by the Italian Institute for Ancient History. She is a member of international research projects and Cultrice della Materia at the Universities of Verona and Macerata. Since 2019 she holds the role of Supervisor for the University of Verona working group at EDR (Epigraphic Database Roma) for the computerised indexing of Italian epigraphic material.

Massimo Saracino

Ordinary member. Protohistoric archaeologist and PhD in Cultural Heritage and Territory at the University of Verona, where he also graduated in Methodology and Technique of Archaeological Research. He currently works at the Natural History Museum where he collaborates in the activities of the Library and Prehistory Section. He deals with the archaeology of ceramic production with particular interest in the archaeometric aspects of impasto pottery from the Bronze and Iron Ages, on which he has written two monographs and numerous scientific articles. Winner of awards for study projects on ceramic technology. Promoter of the ‘IN or OUT’ project on socio-anthropological aspects of marginalisation during Italian protohistory. Coordinated surface researches and excavations in various territorial contexts with particular focus on the proto-urban centre of Oppeano (Verona). She actively collaborates in multidisciplinary projects with numerous research institutions on mobility during the Bronze Age, on the pre- and proto-history of Valpolicella, on food, on the Neolithic site of Quinzano and on the circulation of Luco-type ceramics. He participates in national and international seminars, conferences and conventions and has more than 60 publications. He has organised and coordinated conferences and seminars on the topics he mainly deals with. In 2014, he was awarded the National Scientific Qualification for the position of university professor of the second rank, competition sector 10/A1 ARCHAEOLOGY. He carries out refereeing activities for scientific journals.

Annalisa Di Nuzzo

Cultural anthropologist (qualified associate professor), teaches Geography of Languages and Migration at Suor Orsola Benincasa; contract professor of Cultural Anthropology at DISUFF University of Salerno. He holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology, Migration Processes and Human Rights.  Member of the Observatory for Historical Memory, Interculture, Human Rights and Sustainable Development ‘MInDS’ Univ. of Cassino. Member of DISRT. Scientific Director and founding partner of the Association Festival of Philosophy in Magna Graecia.  Member and founding partner of CISPAI. Member of the Inter-University Research Centre I_LAND (Identity, Language and Diversity). Member of the interdisciplinary scientific committee of Annali di Storia, Edizioni Giovanna Corradini. He is on the scientific editorial board of the series Quaderni del Mediterraneo and the journal Dialoghi mediterranei Istituto Euro Arabo. Her fields of interest are anthropology of tourism, anthropology of migration. Anthropology and gender.

Luana Tesoro
Graduated in Archaeology from the ‘A. Moro’ University of Bari with a thesis entitled ‘Inscriptions on Apulian red-figure vases (Vex – 4th century BC)’. Her main fields of interest are Italic, Greek and Roman epigraphy, with a particular bias towards ceramic media. In 2022, he participated in a European Union project in Croatia within the INTERREG – Adrion Project. He will soon begin the School of Specialisation in Archaeological Heritage with a classical focus.

Alberto Spadafora

Graduated in Media Studies at the University of Torino (Italy), Alberto Spadafora has recently completed his PhD in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in Contact at the University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy). As a Film Studies scholar he is the author of several articles for various peer reviewed international journals and chapters for edited volumes. He is also the author of La luce necessaria. Conversazione con Luca Bigazzi (2014) and In cielo, in terra. Terrence Malick e Steven Spielberg (2012).
Giacomo Vizzino

Expert in Preventive Archaeology, Landscape Archaeology, IT tools for Archaeological Research, Drone Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing. He obtained a degree in Archaeological Heritage and a Diploma di Specializzazione in Archaeology at the University of Salento. He has been carrying out my professional activity in the field of Preventive Archeology for years. He has work experience with private and public bodies, including the Superintendency of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the provinces of Brindisi and Lecce, the Regional Secretariat of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities of Puglia, the Regional Directorate of Basilicata Museums and the Villa Adriana and Villa D’Este Institute. He collaborated in the archaeological excavations in Cavallino (LE), Vaste (LE), Giuggianello (LE), Li Schiavoni (Nardò-LE) and Valesio (BR). Main fields of interest are Remote Sensing techniques (in particular investigations and experiments on the documentation of archaeological excavations with drone/UAV) and GIS applications in Archeology for the study of the ancient landscape. He has participated in national and international conferences and producted scientific papers relating to landscape archeology, pottery analysis and documentation of ancient structures through the use of a drone. CV in PDF

Marta Capano

Historical linguist and holds a B.A. (2012) and an M.A. (2015) from Università di Pisa and a Ph.D. (2020) from Università degli Studi di Napoli l’Orientale. Currently, she is Assegnista di ricerca (post-doc) at Università per Stranieri di Siena, where she is part of a nationally-funded research project (PRIN) that investigates metalinguistic texts (e.g., the work of grammarians and lexicographers) as a chief source for understanding language variation and change. Additionally, Marta is a fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University, where she is pursuing her project on bilingualism in the inscriptions of postclassical Sicily. This work investigates the relations between the representation of multiple languages (Greek, Latin, Punic, and Hebrew) on a stone – both in terms of explicit bilingual texts, and as phenomena of language contact – and the vitality and decay of the Sicilian languages. Previously, Marta has been a postdoctoral researcher within the ERC-funded EVWRIT project at Ghent University, where she worked on the thematic structure and the pragmatic functions of Greek letters on papyri of the post-classical periods, and before that she was Cultrice della Materia for Historical Linguistics in Pisa, as well as Visiting Senior Associate Member at the ASCSA. Marta has published on Greek linguistics – especially ancient Greek phonology –, language contact, bilingualism, and the Sicilian linguistic landscape. She has authored three articles and co-edited three volumes (most recently, Ancient Indo-European Languages between Linguistics and Philology, Brill 2022), and is working on turning her Ph.D. thesis into a monograph. CV in PDF

Alessia Mainelli

Classical Archaeologist. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Heritage with an archaeological curriculum and a Master’s Degree in Classical Archaeology at UNICAL, University of Arcavacata di Rende (CS). She obtained a Postgraduate in Classical Archaeology at the University of Florence (SAGAS) and a Masters in Management of Archaeological Heritage from the Sapienza Telematic University of Rome (Unitelma Sapienza). At the moment she works as a freelance archaeologist in the field of Preventive Archaeology. She collaborates with the University of Messina (UNIME) in the investigations conducted at the Archaeological Park of Blanda Julia in Tortora (CS) and the Santa Gada site in Laino Borgo (CS), with stratigraphic excavation activities and scientific documentation. She deals with Greek Archaeology in reference to the archaic and classical period; the topics of her interest range from the study of the cities of mainland Greece and the Islands, to the colonization process of southern Italy, from the development of the colonies of Magna Graecia, to the aspects of interaction between the Hellenic and Italic world, with particular attention to Greek, Colonial and Italic epigraphic production.

Federica Fumante

Dr Federica Fumante (F) is PhD in “Classical antiquities and their fortune: archaeology, philology and history” at University of Rome Tor Vergata (2021). Her dissertation, jointly supervised with École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris) is a “Contributions to a re-edition of the corpus of the Capuvan iuvilas inscriptions”. This project, focused on Oscan inscriptions of South Italy (Campania), providing a critical edition of the texts accompanied by a detailed archeological and linguistics comment. To achieve this goal she found and studied inedited ancient manuscripts, written in Italian and Latin, collected in Campanian (South Italy) historical archive and library. Associate of Alteritas, she graduated in “Classics” at Federico II (Napoli, 2015) then in “Italian Literature, Modern Philology andLinguistics” at Tor Vergata (Rome, 2017). Her research interests concern historical linguistics (especially languages of ancient Italy and writing systems), dynamics of language change, metaphors and cognitive linguistics, sociolinguistics, interlinguistics, South Italy Dialects, palaeography, archaeology. She teaches historical linguistics at University of Salerno and humanities (since 2017 until 2022) in secondary school. She achieved an internship at the press office of CNR (National Research Council)(2016). Her linguistics contributions concerned Latin (phenomena of grammaticalizations, cognitive metaphors, numerals) and modern languages (metaphors and interlinguistics).