Biography

Prof. Nicla Vassallo (Porto Maurizio-Imperia, 1963) studied advanced philosophy at King’s College London – University of London. After award of her Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science, she was appointed Research Fellow and then Researcher. In 2002 she qualified as Associate Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science (Idoneità da Professore Associato in Logica e Filosofia della Scienza) at the University of Catania, and then in 2004 as Full Professor of Theoretical Philosophy (Idoneità da Professore Ordinario in Filosofia Teoretica) at the University of Bergamo. From 2003 to 2008 she was Visiting Professor at the University Vita–Salute, Milan, where she lectured on Epistemology in the Psychology Faculty. Since 2005 she has been a Full Professor (Professore Ordinario) in the Department of Philosophy (now Dafist) at the University of Genova. There she has taught Philosophical Propaedeutics, Philosophy of Knowledge and Epistemology. She now teaches Theoretical Philosophy and is part of the teaching staff of the Doctoral Programme in Philosophy called “Fino”, the Consortium of more Universities (Genova, Pavia, Piemonte Orientale, Torino).

In recent years, Nicla Vassallo has been responsible for seven research projects for the CNR (National Research Council). She has been a Board Member of SIFA (Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy), Book Reviews Editor for the journal Epistemologia: Rivista Italiana di Filosofia della Scienza, a Member of Centro Studi Urbani, CRESA (Center of Research in Experimental and Applied Epistemology); the Editorial Board of the journals Epistemologia, Iride: Filosofia e discussione pubblica, Iris: European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate, and the on-line dictionary Foldop, a Member of the Scientific Committee of Comitato permanente di consulenza del Forum per le politiche di genere dell’Università di Padova, of O.N.DA (Osservatorio Nazionale sulla Salute della Donna), of Sapere, and of the Portale Tematiche LGBT (Consiglio dei Ministri, Dipartimento Pari Opportunità, Ufficio Nazionale Antidiscriminazioni Unar), a Member of the Board of Referees of CIVR (Committee for Research Evaluation) for VTR (the first Italian Research Evaluation Exercise), a Miur’s referee for “Programma per Giovani Ricercatori – Rita Levi Montalcini” 2010, a Miur’s Referee for VQR (the Evaluation of Universities’ Reaserch Quality), a Miur’s Referee for Futuro in Ricerca 2011, 2012, 2013, a Member of the Scientific Committee of 2–R – The Journal of Philosophical Reviews, OspedaleDonna, and Readings – The Swif’s series of E-books, a Member of the Board of Directors of Palazzo Ducale’s Fondazione per la Cultura, a Member of the of the Advisory Board of the Assemblea of Teatro Stabile di Genova, an Affiliated Member of Associazione Festival della scienza, and Member of the Scientific Committee of Festival della scienza – of these two latest Commitee she is again part, from 2019.

She currently a Member of: DonneOltre (Associazione Italiana Sclerosi Multipla);
Performance Philosophy; Phil Head (Research Center for Philosophy of Heath and Disease); the Editorial Board of Gender; the Editorial Board of L&PS: Logic Philosophy of Science – An Electronic Journal; the Editorial Board of on–line journal Nordicum-Mediterraneum; the Editorial Board of on–line journal Rescogitans; the Editorial Board of Philosophy International Journal; the Editorial Board of Rivista Italiana di Filosofia della Scienza; the Honorary Committee of Fondazione Onda (Osservatorio Nazionale sulla Salute della Donna); the Institute for Scientific Methodology; the journal Iride: Filosofia e discussione pubblica; the journal philinq-Philosophical Inquiries; the panel to the on–line journal Ingenere.it; the Project Gecos–Genoa Cognitive Science; the Scientific Advisory Board of Politeia: Rivista di Etica e Scelte Pubbliche; the Scientific Advisory Board of Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia e Psicologia; the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Journal of Analytic Philosophy; the Scientific Board of Jolma, Journal for the Philosophy of Language, Mind and the Arts; the Scientific Committee of Associazione Avvocatura per i diritti LGBT–Rete Lenford; the Scientific Committee of Doié; the Scientific Committee of Evocamondi; the Scientific Committee of Festival per l’Economia Interculturale; the Scientific Committee of festival Filosofi sull’Oglio; the Scientific Committee of Fondazione Nilde Iotti; the Scientific Committee of In Circolo-Rivista di filosofa e culture; the Scientific Committee of L’Inconscio-Rivista Italiana di Filosofia e Psicanalisi; the Scientific Committee of Lo Sguardo–Rivista Elettronica di Filosofia; the Scientific Committee of Progetto Diversity Lab; the Scientific Committee of Rivista d’Estetica; the Scientific Committee of Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Analitica Junior; the Scientific Committee of Scenari, Scienza & Filosofia; the Scientific Committee of Scienza e Filosofia (S&F); the Scientific Committee of Società Italiana di Psicoterapia per lo studio delle identità sessuali; the Scientific Committee of the on–line journal Methode–Analytic Perspectives. She is a founding partner of Edge, as well of MaiMa – Associazione per la lotta contro l’omofobia, la transfobia e le discriminazioni nel mondo scolastico – of which is has part of its Scientific Committe, Consultant for the sector “Il genere in questione (queer, movimenti, lgbtqia, questione maschile) del Forum Interdisciplinare per gli Studi e la Formazione di Genere dell’Ateneo di Padova”, Responsible of the Culture of ama nutri cresci. She is friend- member of The Global Eye and from 2019 is again an Affiliated Member of Associazione Festival della scienza, and Member of the Scientific Committee of Festival della Scienza.

Nicla Vassallo has served and serves as Referee for the following publications, and publishers: Carocci, Codice Edizioni, Dialectica: International Journal of Philosophy, Editori Laterza, Epistemologia: Rivista Italiana di Filosofia della Scienza, European Journal of Analytic Philosophy, FrancoAngeli, Giulio Einaudi Editore, il Saggiatore, Iride: Filosofia e discussione pubblica, Iris: European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate, Mind & Society, Nordicum-Mediterraneum, Rivista di Estetica, Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica, Teoria politica, Ulisse Biblioteca.

She works mainly in the area of Analytic Philosophy. Her primary research and teaching areas are Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Knowledge, Gender Studies.

Nicla Vassallo has written more than one hundred and fifty articles in Italian and in English that have appeared in philosophical journals, edited books, conference proceedings, and encyclopedias, and has published twelve books, edited four others, and co–edited eight more. Her latest sole–authored works are “Per sentito dire. Conoscenza e testimonianza” (Feltrinelli, Milano 2011), Conversazioni (Mimesis Edizioni, Milano 2012), “Il matrimonio omosessuale è contro natura: falso!” (Laterza, Roma-Bari 2015), “Breve viaggio tra scienza e tecnologia, con etica e donne” (Orthotes, Napoli-Salerno 2015), and “Non Annegare: Meditazioni sulla conoscenza e sull’ignoranza” (Mimesis, Sesto San Giovanni 2019); her latest co–authored works are “Piccolo trattato di epistemologia” (Codice Edizioni, Torino 2010); “Frege on Thinking and Its Epistemic Significance” (Lexington–Rowman & Littlefield 2015); “Contextualism, Factivity and Clousure. A Union That Should Not Take Place?” (Springer, New York). Her most recent edited books are Donna m’apparve (Codice Edizioni, Torino 2009) and “La donna non esiste. E l’Uomo? Sesso, Genere e identità” (Codice Edizioni, Torino 2017) ; her most recent co–edited books are “Terza cultura” (il Saggiatore, Milano 2011), “Reason and Rationality” (Ontos Verlag, Frankfurt 2012) and “Meta-Philosophical Reflection on Feminist Philosophies of Science” (Springer, New York 2016); her first volume of poems is “Orlando in ordine sparso” (Mimesis Edizioni, Sesto San Giovanni) 2013); her second one is “Metafisiche insofferenti per donzelle insolenti” (Mimesis Edizioni, Sesto San Giovanni 2017).

Nicla Vassallo has given talks in many of the most important Italian Universities (Ancona, Bergamo, Brescia, Bologna, Cagliari, Catania, Firenze, Genova, Messina, Milano Bocconi, Milano Cattolica, Milano San Raffaele, Milano Statale, Padova, Pisa, Reggio Emilia, Roma La Sapienza, Roma Tre, Salerno, Sassari, Torino, Trieste, Trento, Urbino, Venezia) and abroad in France, Denmark, Great Britain, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey; as a co–speaker in Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, and Usa.

She regularly contributes to the cultural pages of various newspapers, magazines and blogs.
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