Start website main content

Bio

I am Research Fellow in Political Philosophy at Dirpolis Institute, currently conducting research about (contemporary) models of public space and transnational identities, with special attention to discriminatory narratives, fake news and disinformation, questions of social justice in the public sphe. I have a background in international relations and history of political thought - I got my BA and MA from Bologna University - Forlì Campus. 

I obtained my PhD in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability at Scuola Sant'Anna in 2015 (dissertation: Transformative Foreign Policy as States' Agency. A Theoretical Analysis of Liberal Projects for Global Order). During my PhD I have spent a 6-months research period at the Department of Government of the London School of Economics and Political Science (2012-2013) and a 3-months research period at the Cluster of Excellence "The formation of Normative Orders", Goethe Universität - Frankfurt am Main (2014).

After my PhD, I have been working as postdoctoral fellow and teaching assistant in History of Political Thought at the Department and School of Social and Political Science of Bologna University, Bologna and Forlì campus (2015-2016) and I have taught a module (20 hours) in the MA course Teoria e Storia dell'Opinione Pubblica, MA in the LM Mass Media and Politics, Bologna University, Forlì Campus (2016). During the a.y. 2019/2020 I have been tutor of the LM Programme in International and Security Studies (MISS), jointly organised by Sant'Anna School for Advanced Studies and Trento University. Thanks to the Erasmus Plus Staff Exchanges Programme, I have taught courses on global justice in Addis Ababa University (2018) and in the Higher School of Economics HSE Moscow (2019).

Since September 2019, I have been the Didactic Coordinator of the Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management, collaborating with the Director Prof. Emanuele Sommario to the organisation and implementation of three editions of the Programme. During the a.y. 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 I have worked as Lecturer for the course Gender and Security (18 hours) within the framework of the LM MISS Programme. From September to December 2021, I have been visiting researcher at the Research Center "Normative Orders" of the University of Frankfurt, thanks to a DAAD research stay grant.

 


e-mail: elisa.piras@santannapisa.it
phone: +39 050 881979
https://www.linkedin.com/in/elisapiras1/ 

Publications

Research

My research focuses mainly on contemporary liberalism - theories of domestic and global justice; multiculturalism; cultural and political pluralism; moral and institutional cosmopolitanism. I am especially interested in theoretical analyses of the current transformations of sovereignty within the international system and in liberal and non-liberal conceptions of world order. 

 

Courses

Selected Lectures, Workshops and Paper presentations:

  • Gothenburg, 16-18 June 2022Gender and Diplomacy (GenDip) Workshop, University of Gothenburg - Paper presentation “Understanding the Deafening Silence of Italian Diplomacy on Feminist Foreign Policy”
  • Trapani, 28 May 2022 – Course Violenza di genere. Pratiche di prevenzione e di contrasto - Lecture “Victim Blaming, Slut shaming e Revenge porn: la colpevolizzazione della vittima online e offline”
  • Milan, 24 March 2022 (online) – Seminar series Polidemos “La democrazia sfidata”, Univ. Cattolica - Discussion with Maria Laura Lanzillo, “Fake news e democrazia”
  • Pisa, 8 March 2022 – Seasonal School “African Perspectives” - Roundtable with Clara Della Valle and Laura Berlingozzi on Gender and Security in Africa
  • Pisa, 7 March 2022 – Conference “La violenza in tasca. Nuove forme della violenza di genere” - Presentation “Revenge porn e sextortion: i nodi del consenso e della reputazione”
  • Turin, 9 February 2022 – Istituto Gramsci, Seminar Cycle “Pseudocrazia. Figure della falsa coscienza” - Discussion with Damiano Palano, “Postverità, fake news e democrazia delle bolle”
  • Frankfurt am Main – 23 November 2021 – Political Theory Kolloquium - Presentation “Post-pandemic Frontiers of Global Justice”
  • Online event, 15 June 2021 – Seminari Cattedra Rotelli – Università San Raffaele, Milano - Lecture: A critical appraisal of Benhabib’s contribution to the debate on international migration
  • Online event, 28 May 2021 – Workshop ‘Cognitive Distortions and Democratic Failures’, UPO - Paper Presentation with Jacopo Marchetti: Investigating the Unreasonable Democratic Public: How Fake News Affect Public Opinion
  • Online event, 28 April 2021 – MA in Mass Media and Politics, Università di Bologna - Lecture: Informazione, giustizia epistemica e post-verità
  • Online event, 21 April 2021 – Unipi, Corso di Comunicazione Politica/Etica dei media, Prof. A. Masala/V. Neri - Lecture (with Serena Giusti): Fake News e Democrazia
  • Online event, 10 December 2020 – Scuola Normale Superiore, International Conference Populism, Gender and Feminist Politics – Chair and discussant, panel 4
  • Online event, 26 November 2020 – Internet Festival Pisa - Workshop: Democrazia, informazione e post-verità (with Serena Giusti and Azzurra Meringolo)
  • Pisa, 4 November 2020 – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Chair and member of the organising committee - Conference: Celebrating 20 years of UNSCR 1325: Past, present and future of the Women, Peace & Security Agenda
  • Bologna, 6 April 2020 – Spring Hill College Italy Center (online lecture) - Lecture: Humanitarianism vs Anti-Humanitarianism. Migrants’ Rescue Operations in the Mediterranean
  • Milan, 27 March 2020 – Politecnico University, PhD School Course “Discriminations and New Technologies” - Seminar: “Identity and Belonging: beyond Cultural and Gender Biasses” (via Google Meets)
  • Florence, 9 November 2019 – Eumeswil Cultural Seminars - Discussion with Carlo Galli: Allarme sicurezza: dov’è lo Stato?
  • Asti, 15 November 2019 – Scuola ASTISS di Statistica, Seminario di studi “Immigrazione e integrazione” - Presentation: Crisi migratoria e cortocircuito della politica liberale
  • Trento, 16 September 2019 – School of International Studies – MISS Opening Seminas 2019/2020 - Lecture: Dilemmas of Rescue: Humanitarianism vs Anti-Humanitarianism in Migration Management
  • Ravenna, 2 September 2019 – Department of Cultural Heritage, Bologna University – September Seminar - Lecture: 1989-2019: Triumph and Decline of Liberal Universalism(s)
  • Braga (Portugal), 13 June 2019 – 10th Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy, Universidade do Minho - Presentation: “Shores of Justice. Liberal Dilemmas of Rescuing Migrants”
  • Milan, 21 March 2019 – Politecnico University, PhD School Course “Discriminations and New Technologies” - Seminar: “Identity and Belonging: beyond Cultural and Gender Biasses”
  • Pisa, 1 February 2019 –Sant’Anna School – Workshop “Debating Cosmopolitan Responsibility” -  Contribution: Cosmopolitan Agency and Global Justice
  • Bologna, 29 October 2018 – School of Social and Political Science, Bologna University - Seminar: “Teorie Internazionali del Multiculturalismo”, in the course held by Maria Laura Lanzillo
  • Pisa, 14 June 2018 – Training Course “Violenza di genere. Forme di prevenzione e di contrasto”, Scuola Sant’Anna - Coordination and Lecture: “La pratica discriminatoria del victim blaming
  • Trento, 4 May 2018 – Project “Visioni d’Europa 2.0. Verso lo European Youth Event di Strasburgo” - Lecture: “L’UE e la «crisi dei migranti»: un’analisi delle politiche di accoglienza”
  • Rovereto, 17 March 2018 – “1918-2018. A cento anni dalla fine della Prima Guerra Mondiale, la pace è ancora utopia?” - Presentation: “L’utopia della pace nel pensiero politico. Un percorso politico-filosofico”
  • Bertinoro, 1 July 2017 (Bologna University) – GLOBUS Workshop - Presentation: “Political Theory and Migration: Challenging Liberal Conceptions of Justice”
  • Trento, 12 May 2017 (Training Center for International Cooperation, Trento) - Workshop Presentation: I corridoi umanitari: un modello in evoluzione
  • Frankfurt am Main, 21 April 2017 (Justitia Amplificata) – Workshop: “Justice and Institutions” - Presentation: “Frontiers of Global Justice: Migration Management in Multilevel Political Orders“
  • Milan, 15-17 September 2016 (Milan University) SISP 2016 Conference, Panel 8.4 (Co-Chair with Kateryna Pishchikova) Paper presentation: Nuanced realism or discouloured liberalism? EU attitudes towards Democracy Promotion (1992-2016)