Prof. Federico Cresti
Full professor of History of Africa and History of Islamic countries, University of Catania.
Past Visiting Professor at the University of Paris VIII – Saint-Denis, at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), and at the Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines of Tunis.
Past President of SeSaMO, Italian Society for the Middle East Studies; and Vice-President of EURAMES, European Society of Middle Eastern Studies.
His main branch of research concerns the History of the Islamic Mediterranean countries during the colonial period, in particular focusing on the evolution of their societies and territories under the European rule.
Recently he concentrated on Libya between the Italian occupation and the Independence period.
Full professor of Political Philosophy at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Catania (I).
Staff member of the European Research Network ‘Institutionalising Values: Beyond Human Rights?’ funded by the AHRC (UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council), University of Stirling (UK) (2009-2011).
Member of the Directive Board of the Italian Society of Political Philosophy (SIFP).
Responsible for two research projects (PRIN) funded by the Italian Ministry for Higher Education (MUR) and by the Italian National Research Council (CNR).
Responsible for 5 Erasmus agreements: Montpellier (F), Jyväskylä (SF), Fribourg (CH), Versailles (F), Braga (P).
Responsible for the Jean Monnet European Module “Human Rights and European Identity (2005-2009).
Researcher in African History and Institutions, University of Catania.
Member of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies and collaborator of the Center for the Study of Islamic Countries and Africa (University of Catania).
As Ph.D student in African History and Institutions, in 1999 she began research on the contemporary history of Tunisia. Sustained and systematic fieldwork provided her with a good knowledge of Tunisia and a broad network of contacts. Thanks to her background in the history of Islamic thought and her mastery of French, she has a critically aware approach to current intellectual debates. A well-tried methodology of work enables her to analyse the governmental rhetoric, reformism and human rights in Tunisia