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A. (Alberto) Godioli, PhD

Assistant Professor (UD1)
A. (Alberto) Godioli, PhD


Alberto Godioli is Assistant Professor (UD1) in European Culture and Literature at the University of Groningen, and Programme Director of the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL). He obtained his PhD in 2012 from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa; from 2013 to 2015 he was a Newton International Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

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 Modernism, Law and Literature, Posthumanism, Narrative Theory and Cognitive Literary Studies.

Other positions

Member of the Young Academy Groningen, 2022-present
Programme Director, Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL), 2018-present
Secretary of the Programme Committee, Research MA Arts & Culture, 2018-present
Member of the Steering Committee, Honours College, 2018-present
Board Member, Society for Pirandello Studies, 2018-present
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Contact information

Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands

Harmonie Building