Raccontare di storia in qualsiasi modo – Interview with Alessandro Vanoli

“Raccontare di storia in qualsiasi modo. Come ho fatto a liberarmi delle note a fondo pagina senza cestinarle.”

“Recounting history in several ways. How I got rid of footnotes without throwing them away.”

Thursday, 20 January 20225 pm UK, we will have the opportunity to interview Alessandro Vanoli and talk about his career and transition from the academic sphere to the job of communicator.

A historian and writer, he aims to communicate the beauty of history and the importance of diversity through books, theater plays, press, radio, and media to the public.

The interview will be held in Italian and broadcast live on the Cambridge University Italian Society YouTube channel.

Alessandro Vanoli dedicated the first part of his career to pursuing his academic dream. After a degree in History of Medieval Philosophy in Bologna and a doctorate in European Social History in Venice, he taught Comparative Mediterranean Politics in Bologna for almost ten years, while collaborating with other universities around the world: Tunis, Salamanca, Granada, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, State College (Pennsylvania), New York, Amsterdam, ….

He owes his knowledge of the Mediterranean world, the history of Islam in Spain and Sicily, and the explorations of the Atlantic to these years.

From 2012, he decided to gradually leave his academic career and combine his activity as an essayist with that of an expert in communication and dissemination.

He collaborates with cultural festivals (Turin Spirituality, the Festival of the Middle Ages, the Mantua Literature Festival, among others), carries out educational activities with high schools almost everywhere in Italy, and began a collaboration with several private radios and Rai Radio 3 in programs such as Fahrenheit, Tutta la città ne parla, Uomini e profeti, Le meraviglie. He has been collaborating with Corriere della Sera since 2017, in particular on the Lettura pages.

He is the author of several theatrical performances: “Le parole e il Mare” by Lino Guanciale and Marco Morandi, “Storie del Mediterraneo”, performed in squares and theaters with Amedeo Feniello and Carlo Mascilli Migliorini, monologues, and much more.

He recently published for Ponte alle Grazie “Pietre d’Appennino. A piedi sulle strade che raccontano la Storia” and for Feltrinelli “I racconti del ritorno – Esercizi di vita e di memoria da Ulisse a Neil Armstrong”.