Richard Ambrosini is Professor of English Literature in the Department of International Studies of the Università di Roma Tre. His books include Conrad’s Fiction as Critical Discourse (Cambridge University Press, 1991-20082), Introduzione a Conrad (Laterza, 1991), II piacere della poesia inglese (Cuem, 2000), R. L. Stevenson: la poetica del romanzo (Bulzoni, 2001). He co-edited with Piero Boitani Ulisse: archeologia dell’uomo moderno (Bulzoni, Roma, 1998), and with Richard Dury Robert Louis Stevenson, Writer of Boundaries (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006) and European Stevenson (Cambridge Scholars, 2009). Aside from more than twenty essays on Stevenson, he has also written a number of essays ranging from Chaucer to Graham Greene, through Shakespeare, Coleridge, Kipling, and Conrad. Recently, he has moved into new areas of research, with three essays in Italian in which he has addressed issues combining race and geopolitics (“I documenti UNESCO sulla ‘Race Question’ e l’ambigua nascita dell’antirazzismo,” 2010), discussed the politics of contemporary literary theory (“Memoria storica e critica del presente: usi e abusi dei termini ‘multiculturalismo’ e ‘postcoloniale’,” 2012), and, in “Il mondo nuovo del romanzo 1900-1925” (2012), outlined a transnational canon in early 20th-century European literature. He has translated, among other novels, Conrad’s An Outcast of the Islands, The Secret Agent and Chance, and Stevenson’s Treasure Island and The Beach of Falesá.

Marcello Buiatti, Professor of Genetics at the University of Florence since 1981. He has always dealt with genetic and molecular analysis of the dynamic processes of life (development and maintenance) as well as their mathematical modeling. Currently in retirement, he has not stopped designing and developing his researches while teaching a course in genetics and behavior evolution, on which he is in the process to write a book.

The title of his talk will be “From bacteria to humans: evolution of behavior”, in which he will discuss about the transition from the DNA, seen as a determinant of the behaviorial evolution in bacteria, to the epigenetics (so important in plants and in animals) and the use of complex languages and cultures in the case of humans.

Roma Tre Faculty members

Richard Ambrosini
Paolo De Santis
Maria Del Sapio
Francesco Fiorentino (Project coordinator)
Domenico Fiormonte
Laura Fortini
Ugo Fracassa
Massimo Marraffa
Teresa Numerico
Giovanni Sampaolo

Associated members

Marcello Buiatti, Università di Firenze
Emilio Del Giudice

International correspondants

Silvia Contarini, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
Laurence Davies, University of Glasgow
Linda Dryden, Edinburgh Napier University
John Holmes, University of Reading
Nathalie Jaëck, Université Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux
Giuseppe Longo, Centre de Recherche en Épistémologie Appliquée, École
Mercedes López Suárez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Nic Panagopoulos, The Kapodistrian University of Athens

Research Assistants

Benedetta Brasile
Gianluca Paolucci
Federica Perazzini