Research Fellowships

Salvatore Di Piazza (University of Palermo)

Salvatore Di Piazza (1977) teaches Philosophy of Language at the University of Palermo. Membre associé of GRAL (Groupe de recherche en Rhétorique et an Argumentation Linguistique) and collaborateur scientifique of the Philixte (Centre de recherche en Études littéraires, philologiques et textuelles) at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), in 2021-22 and 2022-23 was also visiting professor at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany, Romanisches Seminar, italienische Kulturwissenschaft. His research focusses on various topics, including the conjectural dimension in ancient philosophy and semiotics, the role of language in the context of organised crime, the notion of faith and belief between philosophy and religion and, in recent years, the connection between language and power in the Nazi regime. He is author of several publications on these topics, included the following books: Parole cattive. La libertà di espressione tra linguaggio, diritto e filosofia, Quodlibet, 2022 (edited with Alessandro Spena); Seeing the similar in the dissimilar. The semiotics of Philodemus’s De signis, Aracne, 2014; Mafia, langage, identité, L’Harmattan, 2012; Congetture e approssimazioni. Forme del sapere in Aristotele, Mimesis, 2011.

Previous Years

September – November 2022

Sorina Soare is a researcher at the University of Florence. She works in the area of post-communist comparative politics; her main research interests are political parties, populism, transnational participation and post-communism activism. Among her publications: online First, with Sergiu Gherghina and Paul Tap (2021), “More than Voters: Parliamentary Debates about Emigrants in a New Democracy.” Ethnicities, and with C. Tufis (2021) No populism’s land? Religion and gender in Romanian politics, Identities. She has been involved in several projects as country experts on Romania.

Nanuli Silagadze is a postdoctoral researcher at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Nanuli completed a research internship at the Center for Governance and Security Policy in September-November 2022, receiving the UBB STAR postdoctoral fellowship. Her research project focuses on the effect of referendums on minority rights and sets out to identify under what conditions minority referendums lead to adoption of liberal or restrictive minority policies in Europe in recent years.

September – November 2021

Petar Bankov is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Glasgow. Petar completed a research internship at the Center for Governance and Security Policy in September-November 2021, receiving the UBB Star postdoctoral fellowship. His research project focuses on how political parties in Bulgaria and Romania conducted their activities during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they organized for local and / or parliamentary elections.