Maria Flora Mangano
  • Scholar of dialogue among cultures and disciplines, with a combined background in the natural (biologist, PhD biochemistry) and the human sciences (PhD humanistic intercultural studies);
  • job experience in communication of health and environment (Milan, 2000-2006), and in social communication (Rome, 2006-2008);
  • since 2007, invited professor of communication of scientific research for Italian and non-Italian universities and public and private research institutes. Among them: University of Milan, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Brescia, University of Padua and University of Tuscia (Viterbo), the National Research Council, and Telethon Foundation; the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, and the University of West Bohemia (Czech Republic);
  • since 2008, invited professor of dialogue among cultures for Italian universities, and since 2009, member of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, a network of scholars drawn from different cultures and disciplinary fields.
Focus on teaching and research

Academic teaching is strictly related to her area of study, which focuses on dialogue as a space of relationship among, across and beyond cultures and disciplines. This perspective takes inspiration from the transdisciplinary approach, proposed by Basarab Nicolescu, contemporary Romanian physicist and philosopher (“among, across and beyond” are the three meanings of the Latin prefix trans), and from the philosophy of dialogue, a branch of contemporary Anglo-European philosophy founded by Martin Buber.
In this perspective, dialogue is not only a tool for establishing the relationship among, across and beyond cultures and disciplines, it is the basis for the relationship; dialogue and relationship may become the same.

To learn more

Mangano, M. F. (2018). Relationship as a space “in between” – A transcultural and transdisciplinary approach to academic teaching mediated by dialogue – Bergamo, Italy: University of Bergamo Press.
It is my doctoral dissertation in Humanistic Intercultural Studies, published as an open access e-book by the University of Bergamo, and included among the resources on dialogue among cultures of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue and on transdisciplinarity of the International Center for Transdisciplinary Research:

Mangano, M. F. (2013, 2° ed). Manuale di comunicazione della ricerca scientifica. [Handbook of Communication of Scientific Research]. Trento, Italy: Tangram Edizioni Scientifiche. Available in Italian, in paper and e-book versions.
It is a 100 pages’ volume, thought as an accessible tool – as the term “handbook” originally means – addressed to young scientists who attend the CSR training program, as PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. It centres on how to communicate one’s own research within the international academic community. In particular, written and oral communication: how to write and to present a scientific paper, a poster, and PhD dissertation.
It provides a few notes of semiotics applied to scientific research, which may help to understand why it is important to communicate and for whom, in addition to how to communicate.

Mangano, M. F. (2013). Si può immaginare Sisifo felice. [One may imagine Sisyphus happy]. Trento, Italy: Edizioni del Faro.
It is a brief essay consisting in two parts: the first one introduces the topic, which takes inspiration from the figure of Sisyphus; the second one focuses on the stories of several “young Sisyphus,” as the author calls the young researchers involved in the CSR teaching experience.
The protagonists of these stories are Italian young researchers, mainly in the natural sciences, who tried to face their effort in their job, study and choice of life. They decided to remain in Italy, although they might move abroad, to build their present and future in their native country, with responsibility, trust, and creativity.