Maria Flora Mangano

  • Scholar of dialogue among cultures and disciplines, with a combined background in the natural (biologist, PhD biochemistry, 2000) and the human sciences (PhD humanistic intercultural studies, 2017);
  • she has been working in communication since 2000: communication of health and environment (Milan, 2000-2006); social communication (Rome, 2006-2008);
  • since 2007, she has been teaching communication of scientific research at the invitation of 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 Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, and the University of West Bohemia (Czech Republic);
  • Since 2008, she has been teaching dialogue among cultures at the invitation of Italian universities. Among them, the “St. Peter’s Philosophical-Theological Institute” of Viterbo.

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. (2013, 2° ed). Manuale di comunicazione della ricerca scientifica. [Handbook of Communication of Scientific Research]. Trento, Italy: Tangram Edizioni Scientifiche.

    The first edition of this handbook is also available in Spanish: M. F. Mangano (2009). Manual de Comunicación de la Investigación Científica. Trento, Italy: Ed. UniService.

    The CSR handbook is a 100 pages’ volume, an available and 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. Furthermore, it shortly introduces the “CSR method”, the approach at the basis of this teaching program, which combines theory to practice, therefore, the participants become more aware of the content while they apply it.

  • 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. This essay is a reading of the fatigue, especially among the young researchers, who are probably close to the youths of every time. Nevertheless, their needs and questions seem to me a call which demands attention and care from the educators.

  • Mangano, M. F. (2017). Dialogue as a space of relationship. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, No. 81 This paper is also available in Italian and Simplified Chinese.

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