A. (Alberto) Godioli, PhD
His main research field is humor and satire, with particular but not exclusive attention to literature. He has authored the monographs Laughter from Realism to Modernism (Oxford: Legenda / Routledge, 2015) and La scemenza del mondo (Pisa: ETS, 2011, Edinburgh Gadda First Prize), as well as several articles and book chapters on theories and practices of humor from the 18th century to the present.
His current work focuses on legal controversies regarding humor and freedom of expression, in dialogue with stakeholders such as Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, Cartoon Movement and Cartoonists' Rights Network International. In 2021 he was awarded an NWO Vidi Grant for his project 'Forensic Humor Analysis: Rethinking Offensive Humor and Its Legal Regulation' (2022-2027). The project aims to set the basis for a fairer and more consistent approach to humor in court, based on insights coming from humanities-based humor research.
He is also the organizer of the summer school ‘Humor and Satire in Contemporary Europe’ (two editions, July 2018 and 2019), and the Principal Investigator of the NETIAS Constructive Advanced Thinking project 'Cartoons in Court' (main host: Institute for Advanced Study CEU Budapest, 2020-2023). His research areas also include international Modernism, Law and Literature, Posthumanism, Narrative Theory and Cognitive Studies.
Secretary of the Programme Committee, Research MA Cultural Leadership and Arts, Media and Literary Studies
Programme Committee Member, MA Literary Studies
Steering Committee, Honours College
Board Member, Society for Pirandello Studies
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