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Professor Tiziana de Rogatis, University for Foreigners

of Siena - International University, St Mary’s College

October - December 2017

Professor de Rogatis (Ph.D. University of Perugia 1999) is Associate

Professor of Comparative and Contemporary Italian Literature at

the University for Foreigners of Siena and is editor of the journal of

literary theory and criticism


. She is a scholar of the major

twentieth-century poet and Nobel Prize laureate (1975) Eugenio

Montale (1896-1981). She is the author of the authoritative critical

edition of one of the poet’s most significant works,

Le occasioni

(Mondadori, 2011) and she has solely authored two monographs

on Montale, with the latest book including a comparative reading

of temporality in Montale and T.S. Eliot’s poetry (

Mappe del tempo.

Eugenio Montale e T.S. Eliot

, Pacini, 2013).

Her most recent research focuses on the theme of female identity

investigated through the comparison between classical myth and

contemporary Italian, European and North American literature. As

part of the comparison between the classical and the modern age,

Professor de Rogatis has also conducted a contemporary rewriting

of the


for two plays (

Segesta Aeneid

, Greek Theater of

Segesta, 08/16/2008;

Aeneas: fate and feelings

, Bolzano’s City

Theatre, 19-11-2009).

She is currently garnering the attention of international critics with

her contribution to a new American collection of critical essays on

Elena Ferrante (‘Metamorphosis and Rebirth: Greek mythology and

initiation rites in Elena Ferrante’s

Troubling Love

’, in

The Works of

Elena Ferrante: History, Poetics and Theory

, edited by G. Russo

Bullaro and S. Love, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Moreover, she

has edited an entire section of the journal


dedicated to


Neapolitan Novels

(2016, 73).

Her study of the female imaginary and the literary forms into

which this imaginary is inscribed is in fact conducted through a

hybridisation of perspectives in the analysis of myth and ritual

structures. Adopting a perspective that departs from symbolic

anthropology, her research positions itself beyond the polarities of

Western thought.

Her contribution during the IAS Fellowship is the relationship

between structure, rite and female identity. Her methodology will

take inspiration from Lincoln’s and Burkert’s studies of myth, Turner

and Van Gennep’s work on liminality, Kristeva’s notion of abjection,

Judith Butler’s work on gender studies and Luisa Muraro’s work on

sexual difference. Furthermore, her research on Montale and T. S.

Eliot will provide opportunities for intellectual exchange with other

scholars in Italian, English Studies and beyond.

Professor Christian Ruby, University of Lorraine

Van Mildert College

October - December 2017

Christian Ruby is Professor of Materials Science at the University

of Lorraine (France). He teaches at the engineering school ‘Ecole

Supérieure des Sciences et Technologies de l’Ingénieur de Nancy’

(ESSTIN - Polytech Nancy). His PhD was obtained in 1997 at the

University Henri Poincaré - Nancy 1 and concerned the synthesis

of ultra-thin iron oxides layers by molecular beam epitaxy. After

postdoctoral training at the MINT Center at the University of

Tuscaloosa in Alabama, he took an Assistant Professor position at

the University of Lorraine in 2000 and began his research activity

concerning the formation and the chemical reactivity of iron species

in aqueous medium at the ‘Laboratoire de Chimie Physique et

Microbiologie pour les Matériaux et l’Environnement.’

Professor Ruby’s research expertise is in the synthesis and reactivity

of iron containing compounds, in particular FeII-FeIII layered

double hydroxides (LDH), more commonly called “green rust”

(GR). Professor Ruby is best known for his work on the controlled

synthesis of GR by using a FeII-FeIII mass-balance diagram. By

using this approach GR compounds with flexible ferric molar

fractions, similar to the ones observed in the natural environment,

were synthesized. More recently, Professor Ruby managed a four

year research project funded by the French Agence Nationale de

la Recherche devoted to the use of GR and related compounds for

waste-water denitrification and dephosphatisation. New kinds of

filtration materials constituted by nanocrystals of iron embedded

into pozzolana, a volcanic rock widespread in Puy-de-Domes, were

designed for this purpose.

Professor Ruby is the co-author of more than 70 publications

in peer-reviewed journals and has filed three patents. He was

recently the editor of the two part thematic issue ‘Green Rust and

Related Iron Containing Compounds: structure, redox properties

and environmental applications’ published in

Current Inorganic


in 2015 and 2016.

As an IAS Fellow, Professor Ruby will work with IAS Co-Director

Professor Chris Greenwell (Department of Earth Sciences). The

main goal of the research theme is to determine the relation

between the structure of green rust and related LDH minerals and

the sustainable recovery of nutrients and materials.