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Marina Calloni



Marina Calloni: since 2002 is full professor in social and political philosophy at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca in Milan (winner of a national competition intended to reverse the brain drain of Italian scholars abroad).

After a laurea (MA) in Philosophy at the University of Milan, she received a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Pavia, and a Ph.D. in Social and Political Science at the European University Institute in Florence.

She was a research fellow at the University of Frankfurt (working with Jürgen Habermas) and for six years senior researcher at the Gender Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science in London.

She was temporary professor at the Universities of Bremen (Germany), Vienna (Austria), Lugano (Switzerland), Hannover (Germany), Kurume (Japan); Erasmus professor at the universities of Lødź (Poland), Frankfurt (Germany), Cork (Ireland), Bucharest (Romania). 

She lectured and gave presentations in various countries, In 2011 she gained a Distinguished Chair at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA), 

From 2007 to 2013 she was a component of the Inter-ministerial Committee for Human Rights (CIDU), based at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome. From 2007 to 2010 she was member of the management board of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA, based in Vienna) as representative for Italy. 

She was manager, founder or cofounder of various projects: in Pomor University in Arkhangelsk (Barents Region of North-West Russia) and supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers. 

She was co-ordinator of a project financed by the European Science Foundation (Strasbourg) on: “Eastern European women as immigrants in the Western parts of Barents and Alps-Adria”. She was project manager of a programme devoted to the establishment of a Gender Institute at the University of Tirana, supported by the United Nations Development Programme. She was member of a project, based at the Queen’s University in Belfast, on women’s political participation in post-socialist countries. She was project manager for a research on “Gender Stereotypes in Science in South Eastern European countries”, financed by the Unesco-Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe. She directed the research The Rosselli Family from the First to the Second Risorgimento, financed among others by the British Academy, editing unpublished documents in the books. She was co-founder of the “European Platform of Women Scientists”, and of the "Unesco Network of Women Philosophers”.

 Nowadays she is directing a project on the consequences of the new wars, the issue of “sexual humanitarianism” (mainly from the viewpoint of women and children victims of gender based violence) and the question of the right to mortal rest (as related to the tragedies of migrant drown people, occurring in the Mediterranean sea).

In 2016 she has been nominated rectoral delegate for Latina-American countries. From 2002 to 2012 she was rectoral delegate and coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the Collegio di Milano, a college of excellence, founded by the seven Milan universities.

She participated and is participating in several national and international researches and cross borders networks, collaborating with universities, research centres, NGO’s and supranational institutions. She got fellowships and grants from international and EU organisations. 

Her main research topics concerns: social and political philosophy; human rights, justice and the development of human capabilities; gender issues; public philosophy; democracy, cultural conflicts and the critique of violence; European citizenship and the public sphere; international research networks and cross-border co-operation; higher education systems from an international perspective. She has widely published in several languages and countries.